Current Student Information

Dates and Deadlines

August 26th, 2019 – Fall Term Begins

September 1st, 2019 - AIP Applications Open

September 12th, 2019 - EE Nite - RSVP here: https://forms.gle/1JUZb13FB9LDaYAaA

October 25th, 2019 – EE Applications Due

October 26th, 2019 – WCS AIP Information Session - Bronx Zoo

November 1st, 2019 – Miami University Graduation Application Deadline

November 1st, 2019 – Spring Registration Begins

November 15th, 2019 – Spring Internship Applications Due

November 30th, 2019 – Spring Registration Closes

December 7th, 2019 – Fall Term Ends

December 13th, 2019 – Miami University Graduation

December 18th , 2019 – WCS AIP Information Session - Central Park Zoo

January 27th, 2020 – Spring Term Starts

January 29th, 2020 – WCS AIP Information Session Webinar

February 28th, 2020 – AIP Applications Close

March 1st, 2020 - Summer Registration Opens

March 15th, 2020 - Summer Internship Applications Due

March 30th, 2020 - Summer Registration Closes

May 9th, 2020 - Spring Term Ends

May 16th, 2020 - New Student Orientation

May 19th, 2020 - Summer Term Begins



Fall 2019 Elective Courses and In-person Dates

Regional Ecology: Ecosystems of the Northeast – BIO 657
3 credits; Letter Grade

In-Person Dates 9/22, 10/17-20 (all October dates on-site Adirondack State Park), 12/7

Note: in addition to Miami University W+ course tuition, this course will have an additional Field Course Fee of $600 to cover transportation, room and board for all AIP students.

This course will explore key regional ecosystems and wildlife conservation issues in the Northeast as well as field investigation techniques that scientists and citizens alike can use to study and conserve our local ecoregions and wildlife.

Participants will be introduced to the work of zoo-and aquarium based conservation biologists and researchers from some of WCS’s partner organizations to see first-hand how laboratory and field techniques are used to inform important conservation efforts in the Northeast. We will also explore urban ecology and conservation efforts in urban settings. Throughout the course, participants will gain important research skills, develop an understanding of regional wildlife issues and their solutions, and explore techniques to engage their audience in ongoing conservation solutions. This is a Miami University online course with experiential learning on-site at an affiliated Dragonfly Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) institution.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand how scientific inquiry is used to address local wildlife conservation challenges
  • Develop, conduct, and analyze results from an original ecological field study
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses of common field methods employed in wildlife research and conservation
  • Investigate conservation practices and programs conducted by local and regional organizations
  • Evaluate ways to increase public participation and understanding of regional ecological studies and conservation issues (e.g., citizen science initiatives)

Animal Behavior and Conservation – BIO 662
3 credits; Letter Grade

In-Person Dates 9/8, 9/18, 9/22, 10/12, 10/23, 11/2, 11/13, 12/4

Investigations of animal behavior comprise a rich field of study. Animals are ideal for comparative observational studies on topics ranging from complex behaviors and adaptations to public engagement with conservation. Students in this course investigate animal behavior through direct observation of the zoo’s diverse animal collection to explore key questions about how and why species act the way they do in different situations. This course will provide a foundation for understanding ethological research methods and animal conservation issues that can be applied and adapted to increased understanding about animal welfare and wildlife conservation in a wide range of settings. This is a Miami University online course with experiential learning on-site at an affiliated Dragonfly Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) institution.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss understanding of how ethology helps in maintaining animal health in captive environments, aids in wildlife management, and helps determine conservation needs in the wild
  • Conduct a behavioral studies inquiry investigation
  • Engage with and assess multiple data collection instruments and behavioral methodologies
  • Determine how ethology helps in maintaining animal health in captive environments, aids in wildlife management, and helps determine conservation needs in the wild

Spring 2020 Elective Courses and In-person Dates

Graduate Research: Science Literature – BIO 620
1 credits; Pass/Fail

In-Person Dates 2/18, 3/2, 3/17, 3/30, 4/11

Students may repeat this course when offered with different topics; topics offered rotate every year.

In this seminar style class, students will explore contemporary conservation and education issues by reading and discussing current literature. By delving deeper into multi-faceted conservation concerns, participants will have the opportunity to explore how they would respond to controversial problems and conflicts, and how they would help their audience respond. This course will provide participants the opportunity to think critically about the environment and the challenges that arise when striving to deal with complex conservation issues. This is a Miami University online course with experiential learning on-site at an affiliated Dragonfly Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) institution.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Examine contemporary conservation and education issues within historical and present day frameworks
  • Develop critical review skills when reading technical and/or popular literature
  • Increase leadership skills as moderators of reading discussion

Environmental and Informal Science Education – BIO 625
3 credits; Letter Grade

In-Person Dates 1/30, 2/5, 2/29, 3/15, 4/2, 4/18, 4/27

Participants will explore strategies in Informal Science Education (ISE) and Environmental and Sustainability Education (ESE) programs that not only achieve educational goals but also result in positive environmental impacts. This course will include practical applications and hands-on approaches for conducting ISE and ESE with a wide range of audiences. Participants will explore current and recent historical environmental education research and will create an analytic review of literature related to an area of interest they identify. Putting their new knowledge to work, participants will complete an action research project and measure the impact of the project on their audience. This is a Miami University online course with experiential learning on-site at an affiliated Dragonfly Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) institution.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Examine the history of and evaluate the current body of research on Environmental and Sustainability Education and Informal Science Education as national efforts and fields of study (EPA/NEEA, CAISE, NSF, etc.);
  • Research an environmental or sustainability education topic of interest using clear, bounded search parameters and create an analytic review synthesizing the research for a general academic audience;
  • Compare the value and use of inquiry in a variety of outdoor and other informal science learning settings (e.g. zoos, aquariums, museums, science centers, out-of-school programs, film and broadcast media, cyber-learning and gaming)
  • Choose an audience, and create multiple strategies to engage that audience in a local and/or global conservation action.

Summer 2020 Required Courses and In-Person Dates

Foundation of Inquiry – BIO 654

Required Summer #1 - 3 credits, Letter Grade

In-Person Dates: 5/21, 5/30, 5/31, 6/6, 6/7 , 7/9 and 8/6 Note: There are no excused absences from the May or June dates.

This course will engage participants in exploring the foundations of inquiry-based learning and teaching while gaining a new familiarity with the Bronx Zoo as an informal science education setting, and with the AIP learning model and online platform. This course will guide students through making observations on zoo grounds, and using those observations as a foundation for completing an independent scientific inquiry project. Participants will further learn how to guide this process with others and how to apply these skills for use in their communities or classrooms to create change and become local leaders. This type of first-hand, experiential learning encourages independent and critical thinking, increasing awareness and concern for the local environment and its inhabitants. We will engage in activities that demonstrate the universal applicability of inquiry in a wide range of settings. Participants will come away with information and techniques for utilizing inquiry in their AIP journey and beyond. This is a Miami University online course with experiential learning on-site at an affiliated Dragonfly Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) institution.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Construct an understanding of the nature of science, and investigate models of inquiry in the life sciences
  • Create and conduct their own field research projects
  • Engage in reflective and evaluative peer review

WCS AIP Internship Program

WCS AIP students have exclusive access to the WCS AIP Internship Program. To apply please visit:

https://sites.google.com/miamioh.edu/wcsaipinternprogram

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