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. More information can be found in the Academics Policy.
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.
Tropical Rainforest Studies: Gain an understanding of the dynamics of coastal rainforest ecosystems, explore downstream effects of rainforest management practices, and consider management strategies that support both biodiversity and the economic stability of local communities in the face of a changing climate.
You will enroll in four classes for a total of 16 credits:
- SFS 3020: Environmental Policy and Socioeconomic Values (4 credits)
- SFS 3690: Rainforest Ecology (4 credits)
- SFS 3700: Principles of Forest Management (4 credits)
- SFS 4910: Directed Research (4 credits)
Session I: Rainforest Management Studies: Examine similarities and differences in political structure, co-management arrangements, land-use patterns, and biogeography. (SFS 3540, 4 credits)
Session II: Techniques for Rainforest Management: Explore rainforests, examine the effects of fragmentation in highly endangered rainforest systems, and develop effective field research skills in multiple disciplines while learning about rainforest restoration and conservation (SFS 3550, 4 credits)
Course descriptions and full syllabi are available on the program page of SFS' website.