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Dr. Ann Throckmorton

Associate Professor of Biology


215 Hoyt Science Center

Westminster College

New Wilmington, PA 16172 USA


phone:  724-946-7209





Lecture schedule


Biology majors or minors - elective 
Environmental Science majors  - elective 
Other majors - Intellectual Perspectives Scientific Discovery or all-College elective

All students must take both Biology 520 and 521.  Each course is worth two semester hours.  You will register for both courses in the spring.  At the end of the semester, you will receive a grade for Bio 520 and an incomplete for Bio 521.  Once the travel portion of the course is completed, your incomplete grade will be changed to a letter grade.


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The cost of the trip is $3925.  This includes everything - transportation from Westminster to Australia, all ground transportation in Australia, lodging, meals, admission to all required activities, guides, and return to Westminster.  The only things that arenít included are personal expenses and the cost of scuba diving (which is optional). 


A $200 deposit will be required before December 10th.  Half of the bill will be due in the Business Office by February 15th.  The other half is due by March 15th.


You may be able to work the cost of the trip into your financial aid package.  If you think that you will need to do this, you should talk to Bob Latta in the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible (phone -7106).



We will spend seventeen full days traveling in Queensland, Australia.  During that time, we will observe some of the finest examples of the area's unique ecology, culture, and history.  We will explore the Great Barrier Reef, hike through rain forests, float down tropical rivers, bask in the tropical sunlight, observe endangered species, and learn about the people and cultures of this small, peaceful country.  This trip will give you an opportunity to experience things that most people will never see and to learn about the history and culture of a country that is very different from ours. This will undoubtedly be an amazing climax to our classroom study of the ecology of tropical Australia!

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Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA, USA