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2009-2011 Courses and Programs

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Courses Offered by the Organization for Tropical Studies

ISU graduate students can take courses through the widely recognized Organization for Tropical
Studies (OTS) at field sites in Central and South America. Students register for OTS courses and
upon successful completion, receive credit from University of Costa Rica which transfers as either
OTS 510 or OTS 515. For further information about OTS courses, see
For information regarding OTS course offerings, please contact the EEB Program Office at eeboffice@

OTS 510. Tropical Biology: An Ecological Approach. Cr. 8. This course is designed for students in the early
stages of graduate study in biology or a related field, with the goal of training graduate students in research methods by providing intensive field experience in diverse tropical ecosystems.

OTS 515. Topics in Tropical Biology. Cr. 1-8. This course is designated for students enrolled in graduate course offerings through OTS (excluding OTS 510). Examples of graduate courses offered by OTS include Tropical Plant Systematics, Tropical Ecology and Conservation, Molecular Methods in Tropical Ecology, and Tropical Agroecology.