Ecology and Legacy

The Ecology and Legacy Minor is an 18-credit hour minor that connects students with key issues related to global change.

Select from one of three fieldwork options below.

The cost to attend summer classes and live on the UofU campus is approximately $6,400 not including food costs. The integrated minors which include field experiences and excursions, food and travel cost no more than the on campus rate plus flights making these opportunities some of the least expensive abroad options.

Argentina

Learn how the Great Basin and Patagonian Steppe are similar. Study southern right whales and other marine life. Experience American and Argentine culture through politics, literature and landscape art.

“To say this program changed my life is an understatement. Ecology and Legacy marks a pivot point for me because it redefined how I want to approach my career in materials science and engineering.”

  

– Danielle Beatty, Honors Bachelors of Science, Materials Science Engineering
  • Who: 15 honors students, open to all majors, fits with engineering 
  • What: 1 course spring 2021 + 6-week summer intensive + 1 course fall 2021
  • Where: Utah and Patagonia, Argentina
  • When: Spring semester 2021 and First Session summer  
  • Cost: $9,000 (includes flight, tuition, room and board)
    • The cost to attend summer classes and live on the UofU campus is approximately $6,400 not including food costs. The integrated minors which include field experiences and excursions, food and travel cost no more than the on campus rate plus flights making these opportunities some of the least expensive abroad options.
  • Priority application date May 1, 2020. Each student who applies and is selected by priority deadline will be considered to receive a $2,000 scholarship*. Financial need will be a consideration.


Utah

Utah has 3,000 species of plants, 1000 species of North American bees, and millions of migrating birds. We are also home to a growing, dynamic population who represent a wealth of historic and contemporary cultures. In this minor, study Utah’s diverse deserts and learn how Western culture, history, economy and ecology interact.

“When you open my journal from the Ecology and Legacy Minor, the first line of almost every entry is ‘Today was the best day of my life.’ As an undergraduate at such a large university, it is easy for education to become impersonal. This minor gave me a support system and a family at the University of Utah.”

– Jaya Muehlam
  • Who: 24 honors students, open to all majors
  • What: fully-integrated year-long experience
  • Where: travel in Utah, one of the most biodiverse states in the country
  • When: Fall and Spring connected courses, including a mandatory fall break field course
  • Cost: $750 (includes travel and field costs)
  • Priority application date May 1, 2020. Each student who applies and is selected by priority deadline will receive a scholarship for total cost of the program.

Tanzania

Experience the Serengeti Plains Ecosystem through ecology, culture and history. Study animal behavior with elephants, antelope, giraffe or hippos, while living among Maasai and Bantu people.

“Ecology and Legacy wasn’t a class so much as a set of various lenses for looking into the world and coming back with a more comprehensive picture.”

– Xavier Matheson
  • Who: 15 incoming honors students, open to all majors, fits with engineering
  • What: 1 course spring 2021 + 6-week summer intensive + 1 course fall 2021
  • Where: Tanzania
  • When: Spring semester and First Session summer  
  • Cost: $10,500 (includes flight, tuition, room and board)
    • The cost to attend summer classes and live on the UofU campus is approximately $6,400 not including food costs. The integrated minors which include field experiences and excursions, food and travel cost no more than the on campus rate plus flights making these opportunities some of the least expensive abroad options.
  • Priority application date May 1, 2020. Each student who applies and is selected by priority deadline will be considered to receive a $4,000 scholarship*. Financial need will be a consideration.