Mexico, Puerto Peñasco

Program Brochure

Contact the Program Director

Dr. Alex Cheroske

Life Science Department
P:  480-654-7303
Office: RDM S - 253


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 20-27, 2017

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.

Puerto Peñasco Program Itinerary

Marine Biology Blog

Puerto Peñasco Excursions

  • Bird-watching while kayaking through the Morua Estuary
  • Take part in a bird census of the endangered California least tern and their nesting colony near a local 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
  • Guided visit to Trona salt mines
  • Group excursions to explore the town of Puerto Peñasco during the evenings.

Courses Offered (1 credit)

Estimated Program Costs

Expense Type Estimated Cost Deadline

Program Fee
Includes round trip transportation by van, field trips, lodging in the dormitories of Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans (CEDO), secondary medical insurance, and daily breakfast & lunch.


Program Fee Due:

March 24, 2017

Registration Fee

Tuition: 1 credit
In-state: $86 per credit hour
Out-of-state: $206 per credit hour



Tuition Due:

35 days prior to course start date Registration begins in March.

Airfare (estimated cost)
Transportation is by van - no airfare required.

Meals (estimate)

Daily breakfast & lunch included.  Dinners are NOT included.

TOTAL Estimated Costs $1,095  (program fee, tuition, transportation and most meals)
There are no textbooks required.
$135 Please allow up to 6 weeks for processing.

Passport Information Available Here

Puerto Peñasco Program Details

  • PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The daily excursions can include walking, hiking, and climbing on uneven surfaces such as sand, mud, and rock, both in and out of the water.  The kayaking adventure requires a moderate level of upper arm and core body strength.  Participants will be out in the sun every day.
  • 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

Dates to Remember

Title Date(s) More Information

General Information Sessions

Wednesdays: 6-6:45 pm

September 14 & 28, 2016

October 12 & 26, 2016

November 9, 2016

Jan. 25 & Feb. 8, 2017


Room 608 AB in Building 38 (Use Compliance Services entrance at the south side of Bldg 38.)

Thursdays: 1:30-2:15 pm

September 15 & 29, 2016

October 13 & 27, 2016

November 10, 2016

Jan. 26 & Feb. 9, 2017


Enrollment Center EC115A (Building 39)

All Info Sessions located at the Southern & Dobson Campus

Financial Aid Workshops from 2:15-3:15 pm following Thursday Info Sessions.

For information, contact Juan Carlos Sanchez at 480.461.7312.

Fast Tracking the Dream to College Completion

In order to qualify for Fast Tracking the Dream IDA accounts for the 2017 study abroad programs, you must be enrolled by October 31, 2016

Workshops: Location: AS195 (SD Campus)

Monday, Sept., 26 at 10 am

Monday, Oct. 24 at 2 pm

For information, contact 480.833.9200 x3417.

Scholarship Deadline

Friday, February 17, 2017

11:59 pm MST

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

Student must be accepted into a program PRIOR to applying for a scholarship.

Study Abroad Scholarship for Puerto Peñasco

Program Application Deadline

Friday, March 10, 2017

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

Complete online application.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Apply early to reserve your place! 

Payment Deadlines

Friday, March 24, 2017

Program Fee Deadline: March 24, 2017

Tuition Deadline: Listed in your Student Center

Cashier Services

Mandatory Orientation

Saturday, April 8, 2017

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.