SFS- Costa Rica

Center for Sustainable Development Studies
a School for Field Studies program

Subjects: Students are registered in four courses: Tropical Ecology and Sustainable Development, Economic and Ethical Issues and Sustainable Development, Principles of Resource Management and a Directed Research.

Prerequisites: 2.7 GPA, junior-level standing, demonstrated maturity; have completed at least one college-level ecology or biology course.

Length: Fall, Spring or Summer semesters.

Dates: Fall: early September - mid December
Spring: early February - early may Summer Session I: early June - early July
Summer Session II: mid July - mid August

Credit: SFS semester programs incorporate courses and carry a total of 16 semester credits (four units) in biology or environmental studies from Boston University. Summer courses carry 4 semester credits (one unit) in environmental studies.

Housing: The base is a small farm on a hillside with spectacular views overlooking the Rio Grande river in the fertile Central Valley. The property includes a large house surrounded by small faculty cabins, and outdoor classroom, an organic garden, orchards, a patio and pool. Students live in a brand new dormitory (up to 4 to a room) with bathrooms. There is a classroom, small laboratory and a library/computer room.

Costs not Covered by Albion: Transportation to and from the program, personal gear (clothing, sleeping bags, backpacks, SCUBA gear) and any other personal expenditures, and an expenses incurred while traveling during the five day midterm break.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tim Lincoln, Geological Sciences and Institute for the Study of the Environment, Palenske Hall, 517.629.0486,

Comments: Each SFS Center is located in a resource dependent community that has requested SFS assistance in addressing their environmental challenges.  From a community base SFS students investigate real local environmental problems (case studies) from a number of disciplinary perspectives (usually ecology, resource management, economics, applied anthropology, and political science).  Lectures by faculty and guests provide the theoretical and local background information needed to address the problem.

The School for Field Studies
10 Federal Street
Salem, MA 01970 Telephone: (978) 741-3544
Toll Free: 1-800-989-4418
Fax:  (978) 741-3551
Web: http://www.fieldstudies.org/