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Evolution, Darwin
and the Galapagos Islands

Evolution, Darwin
and the Galapagos Islands



BSC 390xx Special Topics: Evolution, Darwin and the Galapagos Islands 

This course will consist of reading and online discussion of “Voyage of the Beagle” and “Origin of Species”, to be followed by a study abroad trip to the Galapagos Islands.  We will be discussing how Charles Darwin came to develop his theory of evolution by natural selection while serving as ship’s naturalist on the HMS Beagle, and why his visit to the Galapagos Islands on the journey had such a profound effect on Darwin’s views.   Students will keep a daily field journal while visiting the Galapagos, documenting environmental variables and species encountered.

Course offered

Spring Semester 2022

Travel Dates

May 9 - 17, 2022 (estimated)

Estimated Cost


Costs Cover

Tuition (assuming full time spring semester enrollment); round trip airfare from St. Louis; accommodation while abroad; daily breakfast and some meals while abroad; local transportation while abroad; entrance and activity fees; professional tour director; insurance; administrative fee

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