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Terra Argentina: Exploring Biology and Evolution in South America


About the Terra Argentina Program

Terra Argentina is a truly unique program in which students will learn about biology and evolution as they journey throughout Argentina's beautiful and varied natural landscapes. The four-week program will take students via land, sea, and air to learn about science in nature's classroom. Highlights include:

  • Traveling to the Peninsula Valdes, a Patagonian nature reserve and World UNESCO Heritage site
  • Seeing another UNESCO site, the stunning IguazĂș Falls, at the border of Argentina and Brazil
  • Canoeing through the wetlands in Esteros del Ibera, one of South American's most important ecological areas
  • Seeing incredible wildlife throughout the trip, including sea lions, Magellenic Penguins, cormorants, and whales!
  • Horseback riding on Peninsula Valdes among the wild guanacos of Patagonia.


Program Dates

May 5, 2024 - May 24, 2024

Dates above indicate a planned departure date from the US and in-country return departure date.


Tuition: $2,070 per unit (equal to Malibu tuition per unit)

Housing & Food: $2,022

Program Specific Costs:

  • Global Health Fee: $75


Course Requirements 

4 unit minimum requirement.

Summer 2024 Terra Argentina Textbook List

Course Offerings

  BIOL 292 ( GE 4 units)

Evolution and Natural History of South American Vertebrates

BIOL 292 will fulfill the GE lab science.

  BIOL 492 (4 units)

Evolution and Natural History of South American Vertebrates

South America has some of the richest diversity of vertebrate animals in the world. This field survey course will examine the evolution and origins of South American Vertebrates. From the subtropics of Northern Argentina to the coasts of Northern Patagonia we will study vertebrates in their natural habitats. Among the topics we will cover are biogeography, evolutionary history, endemism, and conservation.

  BIOL 499 (1 unit)

Directed Studies

Everyone will be in either BIOL 292 or BIOL 492. 


Dr. Lee Kats

Dr. Lee Kats

Professor of Biology
Vice Provost
Frank R. Seaver Chair of Natural Science
Natural Science Division, Seaver College

Dr. Lee Kats' current research is focused on the ecology and conservation biology of stream animals. This includes examining possible causes of amphibian decline. He and his students focus their studies on the effects of ultraviolet radiation, wildfire, and the introduction of exotic species. He has a significant background in the areas of animal behavior, conservation, animal ecology, tropical biology, and stream ecology. Dr. Kats conducts most of his research in the Santa Monica Mountains of Southern California; however, he also leads classes and conducts research in Costa Rica and Argentina.

Dr. Kats has taught at Pepperdine for over 30 years. He currently serves as the Vice Provost of the University, as well as Academic Director of the Center for Faith and the Common Good, and a professor of biology. To learn more about Dr. Kats' current research with Pepperdine students, visit the Behavioral Ecology Research Laboratory website.

Dr. Edward J. Larson

Dr. Edward J. Larson

University Professor 
Hugh & Hazel Darling Chair in Law
Caruso School of Law

Ed Larson holds the Hugh and Hazel Darling Chair in Law and is University Professor of History at Pepperdine University. Originally from Ohio with a PhD in the history of science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and law degree from Harvard, Larson has lectured on all seven continents and taught at Stanford Law School, University of Melbourne, Leiden University, and the University of Georgia, where he chaired the History Department. Prior to become a professor, Larson practiced law in Seattle and served as counsel for the US House of Representatives in Washington, DC. He received an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Ohio State University but still roots for the University of Wisconsin in football.

Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in History and numerous other awards for writing and teaching, Larson is the author or co-author of fourteen books and over one hundred published articles. A popular lecturer, Larson has taught short courses at universities in China, Europe, and South America; and given addresses at over 80 American universities. A popular lecturer, Larson has taught short courses at universities in China, Europe, and South America; and given addresses at over 80 American universities.


Updated 10.06.23