Wartburg's Biology Department also has field biology courses that study Midwestern sites. Aquatic Biology students collect organisms and environmental data from lake, pond, river, stream, marsh, and fen habitats. These collections are analyzed in the laboratory. One week is spent at field stations on Lake Okoboji in Iowa and Lake Itasca in Minnesota.
Students in this course will spend the first week of May Term on campus learning background information about the site in the Bahamas, the research projects on site, and practicing their snorkeling skills. The course will then travel to the Gerace Research Center, located on San Salvador, for 2.5 weeks. Students will spend time in the field exploring coral reef and hypersaline lake environments, and will participate in on-going research projects being conducted at the research center. This course meets the field biology requirement of the biology major.
Guyana Neotropical Field Experience
Students travel to rain forest sites by truck, boat and airplane, experience the local Amerindian culture, participate in research projects, and visit Kaieteur Falls.
Students spend most of the term on the Oregon coast near Newport, Oregon, studying marine biology and ecology. Through this site, one can get a small taste of the scenery in Oregon and a little glimpse into the Oregon Coast BI 205 course. Students have studied at the Oregon State Marine Science Center and the Yaquina Bay and Estuary.
Tropical Field Biology
After an introductory overview on campus, one week is spent on
Roaten, an island off the Honduran coast, studying coral reef biology. The next week is spent at Blue Creek Station in Belize, where rain forest field studies are enhanced by using the Sky Walk in the canopy.