This program is designed for undergraduate and graduate students majoring in any biological science, environmental science, wildlife ecology, or related fields. Students from other institutions are encouraged to apply for this unique learning experience.
Students must be in good academic standing and have an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 at the time of application. Students must also have completed at least one year of undergraduate courses and an introductory biology course at the time of departure. Priority will be given to students who have successfully completed IBIO 313 (Animal Behavior), IBIO 365 (The Biology of Mammals), IBIO 355 (Ecology) and/or IBIO 415 (Behavioral Ecology), although these courses are not required. Final acceptance into the program is based on an individual interview with the instructors.
Students potentially interested in taking this course should attend an informational meeting held in the fall or early spring semester. Please email one of the instructors if you are interested in this course; they will have more information about the meeting time and place and will be able to add your email address to the BEAM list.
Students who enroll in this course will be required to attend at least four additional preparatory meetings to be held during the spring semester. A valid passport, visa, and record of immunizations will be required for travel to Kenya.
It should be noted that not all sites involved in this program are accessible to individuals with certain disabilities.
An applicant's participation may be denied or their participation approval may be revoked if their conduct before departure raises doubts as to their suitability for program participation.
Study Abroad: Behavioral Ecology of African Mammals (BEAM)
BEAM will not be running in 2024 due to instructor shortages. This will be remedied in 2015.
For more information, please email the lead instructor: Jana Woerner.