School for Field Studies Panama

School for Field Studies Panama — Academics

Program Structure

SFS is an affiliated program. You receive resident credit for the courses you take. Your grades count toward your University of Minnesota GPA and each course appears on your transcript. Consult the Learning Abroad Center's Academic Policies page for more information.

SFS offers field-based, environmentally-focused study abroad programs that are academically rigorous and include a directed research component.

Visit the School for Field Studies' website for specific program features and eligibility requirements.


Semester Coursework

Tropical Island Biodiversity and Conservation Studies: Examine the natural and human systems of the island, as well as the relationships between these systems and the pressure points that threathen the delicate balance of these systems. Course topics include costal ecology, environmental policy and socioeconomic values, and Panamanian culture.

You will enroll in five courses for a total of 18 credits:

Summer Coursework

Tourism and Island Systems: Assessment of Sustainable Practices: This month-long course focuses on the impact of tourism on the natural environment, including cultural, economic, and political dimensions. The course is designed to easily pair with the SFS summer session in Costa Rica, giving students a two-country comparative perspective on how tourism and development affect tropical ecosystems and human communities. (SFS 3000, 4 credits)

Course descriptions and full syllabi are available on the program page of SFS' website.