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Intensive Spanish for beginners
80 contact hours, 5 credits.

Intensive Intermediate Spanish
80 contact hours, 5 credits.

Intensive Advanced Spanish
80 contact hours, 5 credits.

Conversational Spanish
80 contact hours, 5 credits.
Tropical Ecology
60 contact hours, 4 credits.
Lab (field work at two different locations – Friday to Sunday). This coursed present the students with the attributes and complexities of the diverse tropical ecosystems such as tropical rainforest, coral reefs, wetlands, mangroves, tropical dry forest. Emphasis is placed on processes and on the local and large-scale connectivity of natural ecosystems, as well as the importance of these natural systems in the context of global warming.

Climate Change. The New History of the Earth
60 contact hours, 4 credits.
Lab (field work at two different locations – Friday to Sunday). Earth is not what it used to be 50 years ago and is not what it will be in the next 50 years. In this course, the current rate at which the earth is changing will be studied, along with its effects on global climate and sea level rise, consequences that are associated with world crises such as flooding, tornadoes, droughts, desertification and shifts in rain patterns. Emphasis will be placed on the impacts of these changes, in the mid and long term, on the human population.

Introduction to Nature Video and Photography
60 contact hours, 4 credits.
Lab (field work at two different locations – Friday to Sunday). The exotic wildlife of Costa Rica and its particularly large biodiversity offer a natural ground for an amateur photographer. This course will work on techniques, equipment, environments, plant shooting, animal shooting, small and large formats. Students work during the course will be used for grading and exposed at the end of the course.

Geography of Costa Rica
60 contact hours, 4 credits.
Lab (field work at two different locations – Friday to Sunday). Costa Rica has only 52000 km2 of land mass. However, it is one of the most diverse countries in the world. Biodiversity is the result of geographic diversity. In a very little territory the course will show the students the variety of environments and natural formations, from the marine coastal areas to the Chirripó peak (3800 m). Genesis of mountain ranges, valleys, rivers, lakes and estuarine systems will be studied. Climate diversity in Costa Rica associated to its geography will be analyzed. Sustainable Development Goals and Conservation of Natural Resources 40 contact hours, 3 credits. No Lab. The course will be based on an analysis of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) known as the “Global Goals” to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030 (UNDP, 2015). Emphasis will be placed on those that deal directly with the conservation of natural resources and their relationship to sustainable livelihoods. This course includes an analysis of innovative options, clean technologies and natural solutions for climate change adaptation needed to improve the state of natural resources and the quality of life of humans.