SFS: Panama Tropical Island Biodiversity


Through the new SFS Panama - Tropical Island Biodiversity and Conservation Studies program, the archipelago of Bocas Del Toro becomes the classroom where forest and shore come together. Students will explore several key interfaces: human and natural systems, terrestrial and marine ecosystems, and conservation and development.

Faculty Adviser:

Delbert Hutchison

Fields of study:

Ecology, environmental studies


Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 (Whitman requirement); One college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies course.

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring


September – December, February – May


18 credits per semester - Required Courses:
Tropical Coastal Ecology (4 credits)
Principles of Resource Management (4 credits)
Environmental Policy and Socioeconomic Values (4 credits)
Directed Research (4 credits)
Language, Culture , and Society of Panama (2 credits)

Credit Conversion:

1 SFS credit = 1 Whitman credit


Students live at the Research Station near the small town of Bocas del Toro.


Provided by SFS at their Center.


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