Available courses


This course is focused on the main methods involved in conducting both rapid and long-term field sampling and assessment of marine and terrestrial resources. Students will be exposed to the theory and practical aspects of the methodology used to conduct field sampling and assessments in marine, terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems.  They will also be given the opportunity to apply this knowledge through first hand field experiences. The course will include collection and identification in various ecosystems and key taxa and specific methods for assessing the health and integrity of ecosystems. Through this mode the course will stimulate and build their understanding and skills needed to plan and implement marine, terrestrial and freshwater field work and the assessment of resources in these systems.

The course is an intensive field course with a 9-day terrestrial/freshwater component and a 9-day marine component. The course material will be delivered mainly through lectures and field work.  Students will be expected to actively participate in all aspects.

Course Coordinator: Ninon Martinez, Ivanna Waight


This course will provide the skills required to safely conduct underwater research in tropical marine systems. It will introduce students to the commonly used under water sampling techniques including transects, quadrats, roving diver, stationary counts and manta tows for coral reefs, including fish and invertebrates. Students will be trained in the application of these techniques using advanced SCUBA training to safely conduct environmentally sound research. This course will allow students to gain knowledge and experience in scientific diving, dive rescue, underwater navigation, mapping techniques, CPR, first aid, oxygen first aid and hazardous marine life injuries. Students must successfully demonstrate scientific diving standards and water skills necessary to certify them as scientific divers and will receive AAUS scientific diver, PADI Rescue Diver and DAN Diving First Aid for Professionals certification. This course includes a 7 day intense field course at the Calabash Caye Field Station, Turneffe Atoll.

Course Coordinator: Leandra Ricketts


This developmental course is offered to students who are required to take General Biology 1 as a core course in their associates’ degree program of study at the University of Belize. In addition, this course is to assist those students who did not perform well in their high school biology course but want to pursue a tertiary level degree in a field that requires General Biology 1. Thus, this developmental course provides an overview of classification, chemistry of life, transport systems, reproduction, genetics and ecology.
Course Coordinator: Joaquin Magana


This developmental course is offered to students who are required to take General Chemistry 1 as a core course in their associates’ degree program of study at the University of Belize. This is an introductory course designed for students with no Chemistry background who need to take General Chemistry I and Introduction to Organic Chemistry & Biochemistry. It includes basic principles in Chemistry. Topics to be covered: Units of Measurement; States of Matter; Atomic Theory and Structure; Chemical Bonding; Chemical Reactions; The Periodic Table; Mole Calculations; Chemical Names and Formulas.
Course Coordinator: Odalis Hernandez


This course is designed to teach the fundamentals of computer which includes Microsoft Office Application – Microsoft Word 2016 and Microsoft PowerPoint 2016. Topics include: Create and manage documents, format text, paragraphs and sections, creating tables and lists, manage references, formatting graphic elements, create and manage presentations, formatting text, shapes and images, inserting tables and charts, working with transitions, animations, and managing multiple presentations.
Course Coordinator: Dr. Beverly Faber


The ENGL0090 (Pre College English One) course focuses on an in-depth review of grammar with emphasis upon usage. Strong attention will be given to the development of composition and critical reading skills in reference to the development and organization of paragraphs for a variety of purposes. Vocabulary development and a wide range of supplementary readings will complement this course of study.
Course Coordinator: Thyra Arana