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* Oceanography in Todos Santos, Mexico
Todos Santos, Mexico (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Budget Sheets Summer
CSU Deadlines / Program Dates:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 12/01/2017 02/15/2018 05/13/2018 05/19/2018
Priority Deadline: December 1 - Final Deadline: February 15 (pending spots available)
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Program Coordinator:
Sarah Vowels Program Type: CSU Short Term Program
Program Description:

Oceanography Field Lab

in Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico

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Program At-a-Glance

WHEN:  May 13-19, 2018

CREDITS:  All committed students will be registered for NR 182A L01 Oceanography Field Lab (1 credit) through CSU's Division of Continuing Education. All tuition and program charges will be billed at the start of the fall term.

COST: See Budget Sheet for details.  The program fee includes tuition and fees for 1 credit hour, lodging and most meals, international medical and evacuation insurance, excursions, on-site transportation, and staff support.  Program fees do not include international airfare, some meals, passport fees, and personal spending money.

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

PROGRAM LEADER: Dr. Ursula Quillmann, Assistant Professor, Forest and Rangeland Stewardship at Colorado State University. 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:  Minimum 2.5 GPA. Open to graduate and undergraduate students. Previous enrollment in NR 150 or equivalent and Instructor approval. Good disciplinary standing. 

Academic Overview

This one week summer faculty-led experiential learning program in Todos Santos, Mexico allows students to apply content and concepts learned during the NR 150 on-campus course in an international setting. Students will witness first-hand the dynamic interactions between the ocean and land that shape the Baja California peninsula, separating the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean.  The Sea of Cortez is one of the most diverse seas on Earth with a wide range of endemic and migratory species.  The nutrient-rich Pacific Ocean is home to kelp beds and sandy beaches. Students will learn field-sampling techniques and explore various marine ecosystems.  
Course Objectives 
Upon completion of this course a successful student will be able to: 
  • recognize the dynamic interaction between the ocean and the land.
  • apply sampling and analytical techniques in oceanographic investigations.
  • discuss critically crucial environmental problems witnessed in the field and examine the human influence on the coastal environment.
  • evaluate outcomes of conservation efforts.
  • compare different ecosystems and assess their health.
  • develop an oceanographic project proposal for research based on the field experience.


Todos Santos is located in beautiful Baja California Sur, just an hour north of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  The quiet town is one mile from beaches on the Pacific Ocean. For more information, click here.

Housing and Meals

Accommodations include shared residence hall rooms in the CSU Todos Santos Center.  Breakfast will be served at the center daily. Lunches will be provided Monday through Friday.