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Overseas and Off-Campus Programs

Australia Biology


Semester: Spring
Date: Mid-January to late April
Offered: Spring 2018
Program Focus: Biology Focus


Biology 141, Biology 151 and Biology 200                                                  

Spring 2018
Program Leader:

Greta Binford
Associate Professor of Biology
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Program Design:

The four courses in this program adopt an interdisciplinary approach with focus on practical learning through excursions and field studies. The courses are not independent units, but rather each is interdependent on material covered in other courses, particularly for the International Studies credits. All attempts will be made to help you integrate material across courses.

Your Australian study experience will be guided throughout by your Lewis & Clark faculty leader, Global Education Designs’ program managers and more than thirty specialists -drawn from universities, community organizations and public service bodies in Australia — who contribute to the program by sharing their expertise with you. They will be contributing to your formal learning experiences in Australia, but you will also have many opportunities to learn outside of the classroom. By visiting some of Australia’s most beautiful places and interacting with a range of people with different customs and perhaps unfamiliar lifestyles, you will have the chance to further develop your cross-cultural skills and expand your view of the world in general.

The program is designed specifically for majors in Biology and BCMB. In addition to two courses that fulfill international studies general education credit, the program includes two upper division biology courses, Biogeography (4 credits), and Venom Biology (with lab, 5 credits). Both courses will count as electives for Biology, and the Venom Biology course qualifies as an elective biology course for BCMB majors.  

Requirements Fulfilled:
IS 240 and 241 fulfill the 8-credit International Studies general education requirement.  BIO fulfills the Math & Natural Sciences Category A laboratory requirement.

4 courses per semester/17 credits


IS 290: Area Study: Australia (4 credits):

Traces the major developments in Australia’s history from its initial settlement by the aboriginal people through European colonization and into the present. Emphasis is on the events that played a major role in shaping contemporary Australian society and Australia’s current relationships with East Asia, the United States, and the British Commonwealth. Topics include Australian literature, non-indigenous art, exploration and settlement, military history, and political and social institutions.

IS 292: Aboriginal Studies (4 credits):

Investigations of the evolution of human society in Australia, focusing on cultural diversity among indigenous peoples, social organization, ceremonies and art, spiritual life, material culture, gender roles, and relationship to the land. 

BIO 393 (4 credits): Biogeography

Field centered study of patterns of species diversity in the context of their geological and evolutionary history. The focus will include terrestrial and marine organisms spanning many regions on the Australian continent and Tasmania. Experts on geological history, ecological regions, and particularly interesting lineages will guest lecture.

BIO 407 (5 credits): Venom Biology

Integrative analyses of venoms of Australian animals including field collection, venom collection (by experts, not students), molecular and biochemical analyses of venom components, and assays of activity. Expert Australian venom biologists will guest lecture.


Australia Bio

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