AIFS Abroad

AIFS Study Abroad in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Summer 2022
Course Descriptions


Earn 3 credits taking an Environmental Science course taught in English. Academic field visits with USFQ faculty and naturalist guides give students vital insight into the Galápagos’ environmental characteristics and supplement classroom based teaching.

Course Code and Credits: ECL0319/Environmental Science 319 (3)
Course Title: Ecosystems and Biodiversity in the Galápagos
Course Description:
This course aims to give students an overview of the Galápagos Islands and their unique role in changing our understanding of the biology of life. Students will learn about the formation of the islands and how this, along with their oceanographic setting, gave rise to the distinct biological communities found on each island. We will delve into the human history of the islands and discover how colonization has brought direct and indirect threats to the Galápagos. Students will learn about and discuss the different approaches that have been taken to minimize, mitigate and eliminate these threats over the last fifty years. Finally, the course will take a look into the future, and discuss how the decisions of today will shape the Galápagos of the next fifty years.