Undergraduate Field Experiences

Department Field Trips

  • EPS Undergraduate students in the Canadian Rockies

    EPS Undergraduate students in the Canadian Rockies

  • EPS Field Camp - Death Valley

    EPS Field Camp - Death Valley

  • Undergraduate student field trip to Hawai'i

  • Canadian Rockies field trip 2015

    Canadian Rockies

  • Undergraduate students taking a  rest after hiking in the Canadian Rockies

    Undergraduate students taking a rest after hiking in the Canadian Rockies

  • Learning about structural geology in the Canadian Rockies

EPS students have the chance to see first-hand the science, systems, and earth processes they learn about in the classroom. This experiential learning component is key to helping students learn about the world around them and why it’s so awesome to study earth science.  In addition to the science, students make connections with other students and EPS faculty. There are many options for participation:  EPS-sponsored field trips at the start of the academic year, participation in an approved field camps for credit, summer research in oceanography, and EPS courses that include one-day to one-week long field trips. See our field trip gear page about borrowing equipment.

Field Trips

EPS undergraduate students are invited to participate in an EPS-sponsored field trip to learn about relevant earth science at one of three distinct regions.  

  • The SEA ocean cruise: Students are involved in every aspect of operating the vessel while learning about ocean systems.
  • The Big Island of Hawai’i: Students visit an active volcano and learn about fault systems.
  • The Canadian Rockies: Students are introduced to the basic concepts of physical geology by exploring the Banff and Kananaskis regions of southwest Alberta, which affords perhaps the best-exposed fold-and-thrust belt in North America.

Undergraduate trips are led by EPS faculty and accompanied by staff. All those who have declared EPS as their primary or secondary concentration are eligible to participate.  Contact Chenoweth Moffatt to learn more.

Field Camp

Undergraduate students can participate in an approved domestic or overseas field camp for credit as EPS 174.  Field camp is usually taken after your sophomore or junior year and lasts between 3-6 weeks. Additional field camps may be offered during January term.  Field camp gives students hands-on experience in solving geologic problems in Earth and Planetary Sciences. Students learn methods of obtaining, synthesizing, and interpreting field observations. Field schools are selected individually by students with the advice and approval of the instructor. Contact Chenoweth Moffatt to learn more.

Summer Research in Oceanography

Students are invited to apply for fellowships to do summer research in oceanography or join research cruises through an oceanographic institution such as the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Woods Hole, MA) or the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (San Diego, CA).  To learn more please visit the Oceanography Committee's website.

Courses Including Field Trips

Several EPS courses include field trips, such as:

  • EPS 56 Geobiology and the History of Life
  • EPS 174 Field Experiences in EPS
  • EPS 109 Earth Resources and the Environment
  • EPS 131 Introduction to Physical Oceanography and Climate
  • EPS 182 Stratigraphy and Sedimentology