Ecology and Legacy

The Ecology and Legacy Minor is an 18-credit hour minor that connects students with key issues related to global climate change.

The cost of summer tuition and on-campus housing in Utah is approximately $6,400 (excluding food). Honors integrated minors--which include field experiences, excursions, room and board--cost no more than on-campus summer rate (with the addition of flight costs). Integrated pathway opportunities are some of the least expensive study abroad options.

 

Argentina


Make comparisons between the ecologies of the Great Basin and Patagonian step. Study southern right whales and other marine life. Experience American and Argentine culture through politics, literature, and landscape art, while learning about the social and cultural dimensions to global environmental change.

  • Who: 15 honors students, open to all majors, fits with engineering
  • What: 1 course spring 2021 + 6-week summer intensive + 1 course fall 2021
  • Where: Utah and Patagonia, Argentina
  • When: Spring semester 2021 and First Session summer
  • Cost: $9,000 (includes flight, tuition, room and board)
  • Priority application date June 1, 2020. scholarships are available for students with demonstrated need

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“To say this program changed my life is an understatement. Ecology and Legacy marks a pivot point for me because it redefined how I want to approach my career in materials science and engineering.”

– Danielle Beatty, Honors Bachelors of Science, Materials Science Engineering

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Utah


Utah has 3,000 species of plants, 1000 species of North American bees, and millions of migrating birds. We are also home to a growing, dynamic population, representing a wealth of historic and contemporary cultures. In this minor, students study Utah’s desert ecosystems and learn how Western culture, history, economy and ecology interact.

  • Who: 24 honors students, open to all majors
  • What: fully-integrated year-long experience
  • Where: travel in Utah, one of the most biodiverse states in the country
  • When: Spring semester 2021+ 4 week summer semester field course May 2021 + fall semester 2021
  • Cost: $750 (includes travel and field costs)
  • Priority application date June 1, 2020. Each student who applies and is selected by priority deadline will receive a scholarship for total cost of the program.

“When you open my journal from the Ecology and Legacy Minor, the first line of almost every entry is ‘Today was the best day of my life.’ As an undergraduate at such a large university, it is easy for education to become impersonal. This minor gave me a support system and a family at the University of Utah.”

– Jaya Muehlam

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Tanzania


The Tanzania option is now full. Please email Sarah Dyer (sarah.dyer@honors.utah.edu) with questions or to be waitlisted.

Experience the Serengeti Plains Ecosystem through ecology, culture and history. Study animal behavior with elephants, antelope, giraffe or hippos, while living among Maasai and Bantu people.

  • Who: 15 incoming honors students, open to all majors, fits with engineering
  • What: 1 course spring 2021 + 6-week summer intensive + 1 course fall 2021
  • Where: Tanzania
  • When: Spring semester and First Session summer
  • Cost: $10,500 (includes flight, tuition, room and board)
  • Priority application date June 1, 2020.Scholarships are available for students with demonstrated need.
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“Ecology and Legacy wasn’t a class so much as a set of various lenses for looking into the world and coming back with a more comprehensive picture.”

– Xavier Matheson

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