Northern Virginia Community College’s Annandale Campus is currently offering students the opportunity to study abroad in Fiji, June 1-10. Students interested in registering for Biology 299 are encouraged to apply for the opportunity to have a fun, hands-on learning experience. This class is a four-credit science course that also counts as a lab science course for almost all majors.
For the third year, NOVA is collaborating with Dr. Richard Murphy of the Jean-Michel Cousteau Oceans Futures organization to present students with the chance to discover reefs and rain forests of Fiji. Assistant Dean of Biology and Environmental Sciences Dr. Jill Caporale confirmed that this opportunity is also available for students attending four-year colleges and universities and are interested in transferring the credits.
The Biology 299 course is geared for individuals of all disciplines and designed to increase students’ understanding of the ecological concepts and the intimate relationship between humans, all living organisms and the earth. NOVA encourages individuals of all disciplines to consider this unique opportunity to discover the natural world and see how environmental concepts can be incorporated into their specific major, home life and work.
The course is led by Caporale and Murphy who believe college students who are destined to be leaders in different fields can use this opportunity to make Fiji an outdoor classroom. During the trip, students will visit the beautiful reefs of the Pacific. Students will also visit an indigenous village where they will take part in a Kava ceremony, which includes sharing a meal, singing, touring the village and bringing eye glasses to informally test the eye sight of the villagers and give them over-the-counter readers that would be difficult to acquire there.
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