TCU students have the opportunity to "Study Abroad" at Columbia University's
Biosphere2 Center in Arizona. Participation of TCU students in the innovative
educational EARTH SEMESTER is limited, and by selection of TCU's Biosphere2
The Earth Semester uses study of planet ecosystems
to provide a common orientation for learning in several disciplines. Its goal
is to teach skills that will help structure student interactions with the Earth
and its inhabitants throughout their lives. These skills fall into the following
areas: scientific method, data analysis, team work, field work, interdisciplinary
communication, systems thinking/modeling and written and oral presentation.
Earth Semester Labs include field work in the Sea of Cortez, the Grand Canyon,
the Santa Catalina Mountains, and other destinations where students can learn
directly from their surroundings.
Applications for participation may be obtained
from Leo Newland, Director, Environmental Sciences Program, TCU, in the semester
prior to beginning the 16 week Earth Semester Program in Arizona. Students successfully
completing Earth Semester receive 16 semester hours - 7 hours advanced
(30000 level) geology, 6 hours advanced (30000 level) biology, and 3 hours of
UCR advanced (30000 level) social science credit in economics. Costs for TCU
students are similar to those for a normal semester at TCU since participants
are enrolled at TCU while studying at the Arizona Biosphere2 Center. Because
TCU subsidizes its students' participation in the Earth Semester, students
MUST apply through the TCU Biosphere2 Faculty Committee and not directly to
Columbia University or Biosphere2.