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  • Locations: Banff, Canada; Teton Village, United States
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: SIUE applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Type: Faculty Led Area of Study: Biology
Program Sponsorship Indicator: SIUE Instructor: Essner, Rick
Program Description:


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Earn 6.0 biology credits while learning about and exploring the diverse flora, fauna, and geological history of the Northern Rockies of the U.S. and Canada.  Includes visits to Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Glacier, and Banff National Parks and hands-on research in the Idaho Panhandle National Forests.  

Open to both undergraduate and graduate students in Biological Sciences.

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Academic Content

BIOL 490 TS1 Natural History of the Rocky Mountains (undergradate) 3 credit hours
BIOL 490 TS2 Wildlife and Vegetation Techniques (undergraduate) 3 credit hours
BIOL 590 TS1 Natural History of the Rocky Mountains (graduate) 3 credit hours
BIOL 590 TS2 Wildlife and Vegetation Techniques (graduate) 3 credit hours

Students taking these class for credit will pay the current SIUE tuition rate, approximately $1670 for 6 credits (undergraduate).
Course Materials

1. Field Guides (Required)

Students will be required to buy their own copies of several identification guides and a textbook on the natural history of the Rocky Mountains.  Details will be provided in the course syllabi.

2. Field Notebook (Required)

   Rite-In-The-Rain Field Notebook

Course Objectives
  • An ability to identify flora and fauna of the Northern Rocky Mountain bioregion.
  • An understanding of the remarkable geological history that formed the Northern Rocky Mountains and adjacent areas
  • An understanding of the relationships between geological history, environmental factors, disturbance, and biodiversity.


Prices and Payments

$1,800 Approximately
The program fee includes:
  • Lodging
  • Some Meals
  • Ground Transportation
  • Field Excursions
  • Health and Evacuation Insurance
The Program Fee does not include:
  • Air Ticket
  • SIUE tuition
  • Most Meals
  • Books and Materials
  • Passport
  • SIUE Study Abroad Fee ($75)
  • SIUE Technology Fee (about $45)
  • Personal Expenses
Payment Schedule:
  • $900 deposit payment will be due January 10
  • The balance of $900 will be due March 15
Payments are made online through your study abroad application.


Contact Information

essnerDr. Rick Essner
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Biological Sciences
SLW 1115
Tel: (618) 650-2338


Program Itinerary

May 29, 2018 Depart St. Louis for the western US National Parks
June 10, 2018 Field research in the northern Rockies in Canada
June 19. 2018 Return to St. Louis
This itinerary is subject to change. Final itinerary information will be provided to participants by the program leader.

Participants must be prepared to encounter cultural and social situations that require a high level of mature independence and respond appropriately to such situations.  Participants must be able successfully navigate transportation systems (air, train, bus, car) to the travel study destination(s) following all rules and laws pertaining to international travel and destinations.  Participants must be able to independently and collectively travel as a coherent group and maintain emotional maturity as warranted by the trip and its variety of educational experiences.  Participants must be prepared to independently walk long distances; carry personal luggage and groceries; walk up and down stairs; and navigate entrances and exits to public transportation, buildings, and cultural sites.   Participants must be prepared to encounter environments different from the United States which can include cigarette/cigar smoke, automobile exhaust, loud noise, congested streets and crowded public areas and a variety of other environments which may not be known except upon encountering them.  If you have any physical or emotional limitations, consider your health and capabilities carefully in consultation with your doctor before undertaking this trip. 


Dates / Deadlines:

This program is no longer accepting applications.