Environment and GIS Mapping in Peru

Join Professor Jane Huang in Peru to study the interactions of humans and the environment.
Machu Picchu in Peru Inca ruins below the mountains

May 22 - June 1, 2023

Total Estimated Price: $3,450*

*Price subject to change

Students should apply to the Global Ambassador Scholarship in October on Academic Works.

First Payment: December 5, 2022 = $1,150
Second Payment: January 12, 2023 = $1,150
Third Payment: February 10, 2023 = $1,150

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LAS Attributes: IHIP, DP, PL, GDCN, and/or SMT

Join Professor Jane Huang in Peru to study the interactions of humans and the environment. This Maymester course (3 credits) features a two-week study abroad trip to Peru in May 2023. Students will study the interaction of humans and the environment in Lima and Cusco, Peru and conduct a community-based mapping project using geospatial technologies, specifically, GPS (Global Positioning System) for hands-on field surveys and GIS (Geographic Information System) for data processing and map production. Students will experience the incredible culture, history, and interaction of humans and the environment when they visit the beautiful beaches and award-winning community facilities and witness some of the most extraordinary human-impacted landscapes. Students will have the opportunity to visit Machu Picchu (a UNESCO world heritage site). They will also meet B-Green and LOOP (Life Out Of Plastic), theĀ pioneer environmental organizations in Peru and learn about sustainable consumption and communities.

Students from all majors and years should apply.

Group of LOOP volunteers on the beach picking up bags of plastics

GEOG 2007 Environment and GIS Mapping in Peru (CRN 36538, 3 Credits, M W at 2 p.m.)

Students meet after-spring break for this hands-on and outdoor-oriented course. They will learn to use GPS to conduct field surveys on campus and in the Fitchburg area. They will apply navigation skills, play geocaching games, process GPS data, and produce maps in a GIS. They will also go on field trips and have guest lectures. The course will provide intro-level training in geospatial technologies and prepare students for the trip to Peru. Students may use this course as a prerequisite for upper-level GIS courses and as an elective for the GST, GIS, EES, and PHS major/minor requirements. The course counts for IHIP, DP, PL, GDCN, and/or SMT requirements.

Questions? Get in touch!

For more information please email Professor Jane Huang jhuang2@fitchburgstate.edu or the Office of International Education.