Biology in South India
India is a vast country with tremendous opportunities to study ecology and ways in which humans practice health care and interact with the environment. This fall semester program in India offers up to 10 biology and environmental studies students a chance to work on two independent research projects at several sites in southern India . Possible topics will be in the areas of rural health care, leprosy, and TB, as well as vector-borne diseases, molecular biology, agriculture, elephant/wildlife ecology, mountain ecology, medicinal plants, and sustainable development.
The program starts with a four-week study and orientation session in Chennai and a rural setting that exposes students to India and Indian life. These class sessions and field trips introduce India's history, philosophy, religion, music, customs and current politics, as well as the practical matters of getting around and getting along in India.
The program fulfills two biology electives, MCS-G and WRI requirements. Those students wanting Environmental Studies experiental or elective credit must request permission from the Chair of Environmental Studies in writing.