Dive into the Wonders of High Altitude Biology This Summer

High Altitude Biology students enjoy a breathe of fresh air as they dive into the Wonders of High Altitude Biology.

Event Details

High Altitude Biology (BIOL 167) – Summer 2024 Announcement

Dive into the Wonders of High Altitude Biology This Summer! See the YouTube video below to get an idea of the experience.

Starting: July 15 to August 9, 2024

Fresno State’s Department of Biology is excited to offer an immersive summer program, High Altitude Biology (BIOL 167), from July 15 to August 9, 2024. Join us for a unique educational adventure that combines fieldwork, discussion, and hands-on research in a breathtaking, high-altitude environment.

Course Overview:

  • Monitoring Physiological Responses: Explore how your body adapts to high altitudes.
  • Interdisciplinary Discussions: Engage in thought-provoking discussions about how diverse life forms – insects, mammals, birds, fish, and plants – thrive in high-altitude conditions.
  • Investigating Plant Diversity: Discover the rich variety of flora that calls these heights home.
  • Impact of Climate Change: Examine the effects of climate change and pollution on high-altitude ecosystems and their inhabitants.

Course Goals:

Upon completing this course, students will:

  1. Gain a deep understanding of adaptation and survival strategies of flora and fauna in high-altitude environments.
  2. Appreciate the diversity of life found at high altitudes.
  3. Comprehend the significant impact of climate change on these ecosystems and the biological adaptations of their inhabitants.

Course Details:

  • Counts Towards: Biol Degree Requirement, Line 3 (laboratory course) or Line 4
  • Registration: Contact the Office of the University Registrar. BIOL 167, High Altitude Biology, Section 02, Class no. 50240.
  • Instructors: Drs. Larry Riley and Alejandro Calderon-Urrea. For permission to enroll, contact Dr. Larry Riley at lriley@csufresno.edu.

Special Notes:

  • Backpacking Trip: Includes a 5-6 day/4-5 night journey. Backpacking equipment provided. Participants need to bring hiking shoes, food, toiletries, etc.
  • Experience Level: No prior hiking or backpacking experience required. An eagerness to learn and experience new challenges is all you need!
  • Preparation: Participants should be prepared to carry 40 lbs and hike 6-8 miles uphill.

Take advantage of this chance to step outside the classroom and into the natural laboratory of high-altitude biology. Expand your knowledge, experience the outdoors like never before, and earn credit toward your Biology degree.

Embark on this high-altitude adventure and gain college credits.

In the video below, Brianna Cortes shares her High Altitude Biology (BIOL 167) experience.