Field work is a vital part of what geologists do. Accordingly, the Geology Department offers GEOL 260, a field course in the Southwestern United States that runs every J-Term. This field course is a requirement for our majors. Less frequently, we offer GEOL 460 an advanced field course that can be taken as an elective in the major or minor. We also have had several students complete some of their geology major requirements as part of other off-campus study abroad programs. These types of experiences provide a wonderful broadening of the traditional geology degree and give our students excellent exposure to new faculty, new geological settings, and new cultures!
Geology faculty have submitted a formal proposal to offer a summer short-term course in Iceland. The proposed course has two main objectives: First, to build student field skills needed for geology and environmental science research, and second, to explore sustainable energy options like geothermal heating, hydroelectric power, and alternative fuels that are used extensively in Iceland. Stay tuned for an update on this course opportunity!