Galapagos Islands: In the Footsteps of Darwin is a Great Expeditions (UH 204D) course offered through University Honors that prepares and provides an opportunity for students to paralleling a portion of a historically and/or culturally significant expedition. Students study the original expedition journals, history, social, scientific, artistic, and environmental context as well as plan their own expedition. The expedition usually occurs following the conclusion of spring semester and students are required to make a public presentation on the expedition and their specific research project during the subsequent semester.
Galapagos Islands: In the Footsteps of Darwin will be a team-taught on the geology, flora and fauna of the Galapagos Islands. As the title suggests, the course will explore South America and the Galapagos Islands through the eyes of Charles Darwin (i.e., as he saw the world during the voyage of the H.M.S. Beagle), and then show how modern researchers in the biological and geological sciences have built upon the incredible foundation that Darwin provided. Not only will this course provide a unique and exciting cultural experience through travel to South America and the Galapagos Islands, but the science content will be rigorous and diverse, drawing on primary journal articles and scholarly books. The instructors also encourage on-site research projects for students that could lead to a senior thesis or similar undergraduate research and creativity experience.