Puerto Peñasco, Mexico

Program Brochure

Contact the Program Director

Dr. Alex Cheroske

Life Science Department
P:  480-654-7303
Office: RDM S - 253
alexander.cheroske@mesacc.edu

 
 

A valid passport book or card is required to travel to Puerto Peñasco, Mexico. Passport Info Here

Program Location

Puerto Peñasco is located on the Sea of Cortez (our nearest ocean experience) which has one of the best intertidal expanses in the world! Our destination is a little over 60 miles from the US border which makes the seaside city an easy 3 1/2 hours drive from Phoenix.

May 14-May 21, 2015

This introduction to Marine Biology, designed for the non-major, will take you to the Sea of Cortez (our nearest ocean experience), which has one of the best intertidal expanses in the world!  At low tide, as much as 300 feet of what was once covered by the sea is exposed. Students will study the area between the tides and collect both plant and animal specimens, which will be studied under the microscope. Students will take part in an ongoing scientific survey of intertidal organisms in local habitats.

Depending on the timing of the best tides, the dates of the program may vary from year to year.

Estimated Program Costs

Puerto Peñasco Cultural Excursions

  • Take part in a bird census of the endangered California least tern and their nesting colony near a local estuary

  • Bird-watching while kayaking through the Morua Estuary
  • Lecture on whales at The Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans (CEDO)
  • Boat trip to Isla de San Jorge (Bird Island) to view, snorkel or possibly scuba dive* with a sea lion colony
    •  *additional cost for scuba diving
  • Group excursions to explore the town of Puerto Peñasco during the evenings.

Puerto Penasco Program Details

  • Between tides, students will collect specimens from the rocky intertidal area and compare with specimens found in a sandy intertidal area.
  • Read detailed cultural information on Mexico provided by CultureGrams™.
  • If you are a certified scuba diver, there will be time for diving*. If you are NOT certified, and would like to explore the sport, a divemaster in the area will arrange this experience for an extra fee.  Notify the Program Director if you are interested.
    • *additional cost for scuba diving

Courses Offered (1 credit)

Dates to Remember

Title Date(s) More Information

General Information Sessions

Wednesdays: 6 - 6:45 pm
Sept. 10 & 24, 2014
Oct. 8 & 22, 2014
Nov. 5, 2014
Jan. 28 & Feb. 11, 2015

Thursdays: 1:30 - 2:15 pm

Sept. 11 & 25, 2014
Oct. 9 & 23, 2014
Nov. 6, 2014
Jan. 29 & Feb. 12, 2015

Southern & Dobson Campus

Int'l Student Lounge

NU-6 Building

Financial aid specialist available at all Thursday sessions.

Scholarship Deadline

Friday, February 27, 2015

11:59 pm MST

Get information on financial aid, grants, and scholarships for study abroad here.

Program Application Deadline

Friday, February 27, 2015

Late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Complete online application (coming soon!).

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Apply early to reserve your place! 

Payment Deadlines

Friday, March 20, 2015

Program Fee Deadline: March 20, 2015

Tuition Deadline: Listed in your Student Center

Mandatory Orientation

Saturday, April 12, 2015

9 am - 2 pm

Room LB145 in the Elsner Library at the Southern & Dobson campus.

You must attend the mandatory study abroad orientation! There may be additional required meetings for your specific program. Contact the Program Director for details.