CONS 453 – 6 credit Summer Course (May – June)

CONS 453 credit is applicable to any degree program in the natural sciences at UBC.

You can also apply this course to specific credits in: Biology, Earth and Ocean Sciences, and Land and Food Systems. Please contact your faculty's student services advisors to see how course credit may be applied in your program.

UBC Forestry students may use CONS 453 as program electives, general electives, or to fulfill specific program requirements. Please contact Forestry Undergraduate Student Services for more information on how you can apply credits to your program.


Students should have a third-year standing in their program, as well as courses in the following areas:

  • 6 credits in Ecology (e.g. FRST 210 and 211, or BIOL 302 and 303)
  • 3 credits in Statistics (e.g. FRST 231, or BIOL 300)

CONS 330 is strongly recommended, but other third-year courses in the natural sciences that emphasize scientific writing and experimental design will be considered at the discretion of the instructors.

At least one, 3 credit course in Spanish is also strongly recommended.

Students should have a strong interest in studying and traveling abroad, be willing to participate and function as a part of a group, and be flexible in their requirements for personal comfort.

Students must hold a current passport and be eligible to apply for a tourist visa to Ecuador.

Costs and Application

Students will be required to pay a course fee to cover accommodations, most food, and travel costs while in Ecuador. Note that the course fee does not cover tuition or airfare. Students will be required to arrive on a coordinated flight with the group.

Please visit the Global Seminars page for more information on course fee payments, application procedures, dates, and funding opportunities.