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CSUF: BIOL 482 Winter Session in Baja California Sur, Mexico
La Paz, Mexico (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter Session
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
CSUF Department/Faculty-Led
Areas of Study:
Biological Science
Language Prerequisite: None Class Standing: Graduate, Junior, Senior
GPA requirement: 2.5
Language of Instruction:
Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
CSUF Faculty:
Sandquist, D.
Program Description:
CSUF: BIOL 482 in Baja California Sur , Mexico, Winter Session 2018
La Paz Coast
The BIOL 482 Capstone Studies in Biology course includes an 8-day field trip that provides practical field restoration experience within the cultural settings of Baja California's mountains and coastal areas. Notably, students will learn about the conflicts between implementing more sustainable resource exploitation and traditional means of extraction.

Program Dates

January 5 - January 13, 2018 


Los Cabos International Airport


Students will spend three nights in a hotel, while in La Paz; during field visits, students will camp overnight.

Program Eligibility

  • 2.5 GPA
  • Junior or Senior Standing
  • Biology majors

Program Highlights
  • Field experiences in natural environments throughout the state of Baja California, including mountain (Sierra Laguna) and coastal areas (Turtle Camp)
  • Support from local partners
  • Experienced CSUF faculty leader
  • Community engagement opportunities
  • Fulfillment of Biology major requirement, while gaining practical and international experience

Tentative Itinerary
Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 Arrive Los Cabos International Airport, shuttle to La Paz, check into hotel, orientation meeting, dinner on own

Overnight in hotel
Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 Lecture, explore La Paz, whale sharks

Overnight in hotel
Sunday, Jan. 7-Tuessday, Jan. 9, 2018 Sierra Laguna restoration project
- daily schedule may include restoration lecture, cultural activity, restoration project, community outreach

Overnight camping
Wednesday, Jan. 10-Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 Turtle Camp 
- daily schedule may include conservation lecture, cultural activity, turtle project, beach cleanup

Overnight camping
Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 Leave Turtle Camp and return to La Paz, farewell dinner

Overnight in hotel
Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 Shuttle to Los Cabos International Airport w/ stop in Todos Santos, return to U.S.

Information Sessions - TBA
Date Time Location

Courses and Faculty
Student participants must enroll in BIOL 482 Capstone Studies in Biology, 2 credits:  Individualized practical experience related to the study of biology or pursuit of a biology career that reflects paradigms  of the discipline. Application and integration of biological concepts and skills through library research, applied projects or community service activities. Not available for graduate degree credit.

Prerequisite: consent of department; for biological science majors with completion of 90 units.

Professor Darren Sandquist
Darren Sandquist, Ph.D.
Professor & Co-Director, Southern California Ecosystem Research Program

Dr. Darren Sandquist of Biological Sciences has worked and t raveled to Baja California more than 25 times over his academic career. He has led many research field trips throughout the desert regions of the SW including multiple trips to Baja. He has also led international programs in Thailand, and traveled with his research students to  Chile. He uses inquiry-based studies as the foundation of student field experiences.

Costs & Financial Aid
Program Fee 
Program fees are estimated at $1,300 and will include ground transportation, lodging, most meals, selected tours, field restoration experience, required international health insurance.
CSUF students are eligible for ASI-IRA financial support to offset most program expenses. 

The program fee is based on a minimum student enrollment. If the student enrollment falls below the minimum, CSUF reserves the right to adjust the program fee to accommodate a smaller number of students. 

Additional Costs Not included in the Program Fee
  • Meals
  • CSUF Tuition and Fees (Winter Session Course)
  • Passport and Visa Fees
  • Immunizations
  • Additional field trips not included in the program 
  • Personal expenses (e.g., entertainment, shopping)

Financial Aid
There are many opportunities for CSUF students to study abroad and continue to receive financial aid. Click here to learn more about financial aid for study abroad.  
Passport and Visa Info

You must have a valid passport for at least six (6) months after the date of international departure.  U.S. passport applications can be obtained at any major post office. See here for more information.  This process usually takes about 4-6 weeks, so plan early to apply for a new or renewed passport.

U.S. passport holders do not require a tourist visa to enter the country of Mexico for this program. Find visa and entry information here.

Non-US passport holders should inquire with the Mexican Embassy about visa requirements for their country of origin.  Please click here for embassy contact information for specific information about visa requirements for non-US passport holders.


Deadlines and Important Dates

Sept. 18, 2017 
Regular Decision Online Application Due
Sept. 29, 2017 Application Status Notification
Oct. 6, 2017 Early Decision - Student Commitment Deadline
Oct. 11, 2017 $200 Deposit Due
October 30, 2017 Final Payment Due 
(payment will vary depending on enrollment and IRA funding)
TBD Online Program Forms Due
TBD Pre-Departure Orientation

For programming-related questions (e.g. payments, enrollment, etc.), please contact Abigail Segura, Study Abroad Program Coordinator -
For course-related questions, please contact Darren Sandquist,
For application-related questions and online forms, please contact the Study Abroad Office at

This program is currently not accepting applications.