Study Abroad Courses

Costa Rica

Costa Rica 1: Biomedical Science Semester

Faculty Member Donald J. Brightsmith
General Course Description Required “core” courses and tropical rain forest. Key electives and a weekend at the beach. Top flight faculty and volcanoes. This program offers an unbeatable combination for students working towards a degree in Biomedical Sciences and Pre-Meds, Pre-Vets, and others who want to have the semester of a lifetime while still advancing their degree plan.

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Texas A&M Study Abroad Program ID: 11984

Credit A total of 12 credit hours are offered for this program. Pre-Med and Pre-Vet students, as well as all majors, are encouraged to apply. Students will enroll in the following courses:

  • VTPB 489: One Health and Ecology in the Tropics (3 credit hours)
  • VTPB 405: Biomedical Microbiology (5 credit hours)
  • VIBS/GENE 320: Biomedical Genetics (3 credit hours)
  • BIMS 481: Seminar in Biomedical Writing (1 credit hour)
  • VTPB 303: International Medical Communication (2 credit hours)
  • Spanish (up to 3 transfer credits available)

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Costa Rica 2: Ecology and Diversity Semester

Faculty Member Donald J. Brightsmith
General Course Description Explore National Parks, beaches, and rivers, work with local communities, go Ziplining, study rainforest ecology, speak Spanish, learn from indigenous leaders, and see sloths, macaws, monkeys, toucans, peccaries, red-eyed treefrogs, morpho butterflies, crocodiles, and more. A full semester program open to students of all majors interested in the natural sciences—geared for Sophomores, but outstanding Freshmen and Juniors who need to take the courses are encouraged to apply.

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Credit A total of 13 Texas A&M credit hours are offered for program. Students of all majors interested in are encouraged to apply. Students will enroll in the following courses:

  • RENR 205: Fundamentals of Ecology (3 credit hours)*
  • RENR 215: Fundamentals of Ecology Lab (1 credit hour)
  • ENGL 210: Technical Writing (3 credit hours)
  • ENTO 322: Insects in Human Society (3 credit hour)
  • VTPB 289: Cultural Discourse in Costa Rica (3 credit hours)
  • Spanish (up to 3 transfer credits available)
  • Service Learning

*Students who have taken RENR 205 will be able to take a 3 credit, 485 “Directed Study In Costa Rica” course instead of RENR 205.

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VTPP 948: Veterinary Medicine in Europe: Past, Present, and Future

Faculty Member Jeremy S. Wasser
General Course Description This elective course is offered to veterinary students who have completed either their first or second years of our DVM curriculum. By the end of this elective students will have had a four week long, immersive experience in the world of German and Dutch veterinary medical training and practice. They will have had the opportunity to live and work with German and Dutch veterinary students, round with them in the clinics in two of the five German veterinary schools and at the school in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and listen to special lectures by European authorities in the fields of veterinary medical history and European concerns and issues in veterinary medical education and practice. Our students will return to Texas from this experience with a far broader understanding of the global nature of veterinary medical practice in the 21st century and why an internationalist approach to training and practice are important.

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Credit A total of 4 credit hours are offered for this program.

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VTPP 401: History of Human and Veterinary Medicine in Europe

Faculty Member Jeremy S. Wasser
General Course Description This course is offered to students majoring in the life sciences (broadly defined and including BIMS, BMEN, ANSC, BIOL, GENE, and other majors) and who have completed 55 hours of academic coursework or more by the end of the semester prior to the start of the program. VTPP 401 is offered during a 3-week long wintermester study abroad, a 5-week long program offered during Summer 2, and as part of the Germany Bioscience Semester study abroad in the spring. Along with a descriptive survey of some of the key events and figures in the development of human and veterinary medical practices in Europe dating from antiquity to the present, this course will also explore the historical backgrounds of several issues of modern-day biomedical concern including animal rights, the ethics of human experimentation and the application of biomedical research for military purposes. The course will be directed toward undergraduate students at the junior/senior level who are planning postbaccalaureate training in biomedical science as either clinical (M.D., D.V.M, D.D.S.) or research (M.S., Ph.D.) professionals.

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Credit VTTP 401: (4 hrs) History of Human and Veterinary Medicine in Europe

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Peru 1

Faculty Member Donald J. Brightsmith
General Course Description ABS Field School in the Peruvian Amazon introduces students to the social and biological realities of conservation and research in Latin America.

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Credit A total of 4 credit hours are offered for this program. Students will enroll in one of the following courses:

  • WFSC/RPTS/VTPB 489: ABS Amazon Field School
  • WFSC/RPTS/VTPB 689: ABS Amazon Field School (Graduate)

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South Africa

South Africa Conservation Medicine

Faculty Member Alice Blue-McLendon
General Course Description This course is offered to students in the DVM curriculum who would like to participate in a study-abroad trip to South Africa to learn about conservation medicine. Students will learn how African species are managed at wildlife parks and games preserves. Student will become familiar with certain aspects of hoofstock medicine including common diseases and preventative medicine. Students will gain direct experience with many aspects of chemical immobilization including skills needed, drugs and darting equipment. Students will assist in the immobilization of animals during this trip.

Texas A&M Study Abroad Program ID: 11993

  • VTPP 948: Conservation Medicine and Management for Veterinary Students (4 hrs)
  • VTPP 985: Directed Studies (1-4 hrs)

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VTPB 948 – Introduction to Conservation Medicine in Africa

Faculty Member Dr. James Derr and Dr. Linda Logan
General Course Description: You will leave this experience with a new found appreciation for the role of veterinarians in large landscape wildlife conservation medicine and return to the U.S. with newly developed skills to apply to wildlife health and sustainability issues across the State of Texas.

Wildlife experts will guide participants through activities including animal restraint, administering drugs, field surgery and darting. Other experiential learning could include interaction with crocodiles, buffalo, and rhinos.

Texas A&M Study Abroad Program ID: 17170

Credit 4 Credits

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VIBS 489 / 685 / 948

Faculty Member Dr. Michelle Yeoman
General Course Description: This hybrid study abroad course – which focuses on cultural case studies in Global One Health – explores the connections between human, environment and animal health. During the four-week study abroad component in Thailand, students explor Thai food and culture, work with elephants and other species, and restore coral reefs at a sea turtle sanctuary. They then engage in a community development project in a rural village by providing veterinary clinical care to cats, dogs, elephants, and livestock animals (as cases arise). The remaining six weeks will be completed via distance education. After completing interactive online modules, students will write about emerging issues in Global One Health and analyze the structure and crafting of scientific articles.

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Credit 2-4 Credits

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VTPP 489 – Special Topics: Neurobiology of Developmental Disorders

Faculty Member Dr. Ivan Ivanov
General Course Description: Topics in the Biomedical Sciences: Eastern European Perspective proposes to provide the enrolled students with the unique experience of learning about the neurobiology of developmental disorders while being immersed in the Bulgarian culture-a produce of the rich history of this part of Eastern Europe. The international location of this program will help the students to understand the differences and similarities between the Eastern European and the American perspectives of developmental disorders. In this six week program, the students will grow both interpersonally and culturally and will prepare for their future careers. Providing a specific global perspective on developmental health issues, this program aims to serve as a catalyst in their international health career development.

This course will offer an introduction to the biological foundations of Developmental Psychopathology. The emphasis will be on the development, origins, and developmental consequences of selected developmental disorders, e.g. Intellectual disabilities, ADHD, ASD, LI, Dyslexia and anxiety disorders, assessment methods and research. The signs and symptoms in the dynamics of the disorders will be presented from a neurobiological perspective and in the context of genetics, neuroimaging, neurochemistry, and disease biomarkers.

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Credit 3 Credits

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VTPP 423 / VTPP 485 – Biomedical Physiology / The Impact of Scottish Enlightenment on Medicine

Faculty Member Dr. James D. Herman and Dr. Randolph Stewart
General Course Description: This program will provide undergraduate and, eventually, graduate and professional students at Texas A&M University the opportunity to study abroad at the University of Glasgow; provide all levels of students from the University of Glasgow and Texas A&M University the opportunity to work together. Texas A&M University students will also be investigating the impact of the Scottish Enlightenment on medicine and the practice of medicine. University of Glasgow houses the Hunterian Museum of Medicine, which catalogs the practice of medicine through history. The Scottish Enlightenment is credited with promoting critical thinking and diagnostic skills which elevated the practice of medicine from its origins of barbarism to its current basis in rational thought. By being on this campus, TAMU students will have access to the writings and relics of this pivotal era.

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Credit 4 Credits