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 enter or re-enter the United States - 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 13-May 20, 2014

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 vary from year to year.

Estimated Program Costs

  • Program Fee: $856 (due 3/21/14)
  • Tuition: 1 credit; estimated at $81
    • In-state: $81 per credit hour
    • Out-of-state: $201 per credit hour
    • Registration begins 3rd Monday in March. Tuition due date will be listed in SIS.
  • Registration Fee: $15
  • Meals: Daily breakfast & lunch included.  Estimated cost for dinners is $125.
  • Textbooks: included
  • Passport/Passport Card Information 

Puerto Peñasco Cultural Excursions

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

Information Sessions

Wednesdays - 6 - 6:45 pm
Sept. 11 & 25, 2013
Oct. 9 & 23, 2013
Nov. 6, 2013
Jan. 29 & Feb. 12, 2014

Thursdays - 1:30 - 2:15 pm

Sept. 12 & 26, 2013
Oct. 10 & 24, 2013
Nov. 7, 2013
January 30 & Feb. 13, 2014

Southern & Dobson Campus

Int'l Student Lounge

NU-6 Building

Financial aid specialist available at all Thursday sessions.

Download Info Session flyer.

Scholarship Deadline

Sunday, March 2, 2014

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

Program Application Deadline

Friday, March 21, 2014

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

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Apply early to reserve your place!  Complete the application. This pdf file can be completed on your computer and then saved and printed.

Submit to the Study Abroad Coordinator in Building NU6 at Southern & Dobson campus.

Payment Deadline

Friday, March 21, 2014

For scholarship & financial aid opportunities as well as payment guidelines, download the helpful guide: How to Pay for Study Abroad.

Mandatory Orientation

Saturday, April 12, 2014

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.