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* Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology Semester in Todos Santos, Mexico
Todos Santos, Mexico (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring
Budget Sheets Spring
CSU Deadlines / Program Dates:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/01/2017
Rolling Admission 01/02/2018 03/07/2018

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Recommended Programs: Biological Science and Zoology
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Program Coordinator:
Sarah Vowels
Program Type: CSU Short Term Program
Areas of Study:
Natural Resources
Program Description:

Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology Semester

in Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Flying Manta ReyMexican bayviewCardon CactusTodos Santos waves crashing
This semester-long program at CSU’s Todos Santos Center in Mexico will focus on coursework for students in the Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology (FWCB) Program. Students can earn up to 16 credits that will count directly towards their FWCB degree. Students will have the opportunity to work with and learn from local biologists, faculty and students from institutions in Baja California Sur.
Check out this video from the 2016 program!

Program At-a-Glance

WHEN: January 2-March 7, 2018 (Tentative)
NOTE: Weekly group meetings will be held in the fall term (in person or online) and upon return from the program in the spring to complete course work.  

CREDITS: All committed students will be registered for 16 credits through CSU's Division of Continuing Education. All tuition and program charges will be billed at the start of the spring term.

COST: See Budget Sheet for details.  The program cost includes tuition and fees for 16 CSU credits, accommodations, ground transportation, breakfast and lunch, all required excursions, faculty support, travel health insurance and Education Abroad administration. The above cost does not include international airfare, passport and visa fees, books and supplies, most dinners, and personal spending money.

SCHOLARSHIPS: Applicants for this program are eligible for scholarships through the Office of International Programs.

PROGRAM LEADER:  Dr. Kate Huyvaert, Associate Professor from the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University.

INSTRUCTORS: (all are from the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology)
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:  Pre-requisites include NR 220, FW 260, LIFE 320, STAT 301/307. Minimum 2.5 GPA. Instructor approval. Good disciplinary standing. Undergraduate students are invited to apply.

Academic Overview

This semester-long program will satisfy 16 credit hours of FWCB major course requirements along with providing students first-hand exposure to the beauty and ecological wonders of Baja California Sur.  Lectures will focus on topics related to the theory, methods, and techniques used to study fish and wildlife populations and the communities they inhabit.  Place-based experiential learning opportunities through field excursions will allow students to explore and learn about marine, island, shore, and desert ecosystems; places CSU students seldom encounter because of Fort Collin’s geographic location. The unique and accessible wildlife in Baja California Sur (e.g., whales, whale sharks, sea turtles, sea lions, reef fish, unique birds, and reptiles) also afford an excellent experiential learning opportunity for students.  Program completion will take place before spring break leaving time for students to participate in internship or job opportunities for the duration of the spring semester/summer term. 

Coursework includes:
  • FW 370 - Design of Fish and Wildlife Projects (3 credits)
  • FW 373A - Travel Abroad: Wildlife Conservation (3 credits)
  • FW 471 - Wildlife Data Collection and Analysis (4 credits)
  • FW 472 - Issues in Animal Conservation and Management (3 credits)
  • FW 482A - Travel Abroad: Conservation of Desert and Marine Animals (3 credits)
Note: These courses will fulfill Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology requirements and/or biological, wildlife, and/or techinical electives; check with your advisor.  


Todos Santos is located in beautiful Baja California Sur, just an hour north of Cabo San Lucas.  Students will have the opportunity to enjoy this quiet town, just a mile from beaches on the Pacific Ocean.  This spring semester program will be rich with excursions and experiential learning opportunities in Todos Santos, La Paz, and along the beaches and deserts of the region.  Students also will visit diverse ecosystems, including visits to the Pacific Ocean, Sea of Cortez, estuaries, deserts and mountains.  They will have the opportunity to learn about the natural history of fish and wildlife species, understand wildlife management and conservation history, and identify common and contrasting wildlife management practices, so that they might integrate wildlife ecology principles into management actions.

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Housing and Meals

Accommodations during the trip include the CSU Todos Santos Center, hotel accommodations as well as camping while on remote excursions.   Breakfast and lunch will be provided and are included in the program fee, most dinners will be on your own.
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