March 20-28, 2020

Through lectures, labs, and field studies, students will study the biology of marine life. Field work, principally snorkeling on the second longest barrier reef, centers on the coral reefs and adjacent communities, such as rocky shores, sandy shores, mangrove swamps, and turtle grass beds. Students will also explore the archaeology and artifacts of the ancient Maya and their influence and interchange with other ancient American cultures. Climb a pyramid, descend into a sacred Maya cave, and contemplate the glyphs and structures the Maya left behind in the lush jungle of this tropical paradise. In addition, students will enjoy cultural exchange with contemporary Belizeans of Mayan, British, Spanish and African descent. The center of operations for this program is Belize Marine Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC) in San Pedro on the small island of Ambergris Caye.


  • BIO-2030/BIO-2030L: Marine Biology and Lab (4 credits)
  • SPA-1052: Culture of Belize (3 credits)


  • $2,499 (travel fee)

The trip is limited to 14 students, accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up early to reserve your place! 

Payments are now being placed on student CSM accounts. This allows students the following benefits:

  • Payment online or on campus via cash, check, or credit card
  • Options to use scholarships or financial aid money without waiting for disbursements
  • Use of the CSM tuition payment plan, allowing payments to be made over the semester
Included:Not included:
  • Round trip airfare
  • Travel insurance (trip interruption, trip cancellation, emergency medical)
  • Room & board
  • In-Country transportation
  • Site visits
  • Tips
  • CSM tuition and fees
  • Textbooks
  • Passport- All students must obtain a valid U.S. passport prior to departure (estimated time to obtain a passport is 8 weeks).
  • Luggage fees (if any)
  • Snorkeling gear
  • Optional trip to Lamanai Archaeological Site