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Hawaiian STEAM: Microbes, Symbiosis, and Culture

BISC 380 / EDUC 555 / ENVS 399

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Instructors:
    Dr. Renee Cunningham, Assistant Professor of Education
    Dr. Erik Hom, Assistant Professor of Biology
  • Dates: On Campus, Dec 12-13, 2016; Jan 6-14, 2017 in, and around, Honolulu, HI
  • Course Fee: $2095 plus tuition
  • Application deadline: September 30, 2016

Itinerary subject to change. Group travel is included in the course fee.

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Students will:

  • Stay at the East-West Center, on the campus of the University of Hawaii - Manoa
  • Enjoy the beautiful Kualoa Ranch, participate in field sampling hikes, learn to culture microbes, visit the Kewalo Marine Lab, and snorkel in Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
  • Meet with museum curators and experiential education professionals to better understand education outside the classroom, as well as the integration of biological engineering in K-12 schools
  • Learn about microbial symbiosis from scientists, and about the entwinement of nature, culture, and education from native Hawaiian educators
  • Visit sites of cultural and historical significance, tour the Bishop Museum, and experience a real Hawaiian Luau


Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
Students will participate in two days of classwork in Oxford, in December prior to departure. Students will depart on January 6th and return on January 14th, spending 7 nights and 6 days in and around Honolulu, HI, on the island of Oahu.

Who should go?

This course may interest Education, Environmental Science, Biology, Pharmacy, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Geoscience, Ocean Sciences, and Engineering students. Students must have completed BISC 160, 161, 162, 163 for BISC credit, or have instructor approval. No prerequisites for ENVS 399 or EDUC 555.


Students will meet on the Oxford campus on December 12th and 13th, 2016. The instructors will determine time and location. The program dates are Jan 6-14, 2017.


Flight and ground transportation costs are included in the Study USA course fee. Students are responsible for ground transportation costs during personal time; i.e. taxi, bus, or Uber.


Course fee is $2095 plus tuition. Included in the fee are airfare, housing, group ground transportation, some group meals, and field site admission fees. Excluded from the cost are the Study USA application fee, tuition, most meals, and personal spending money.


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