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Field Trips

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences sponsors many field trips, some as parts of classes and some as extracurricular learning opportunities. Most trips are open to both undergraduate majors and graduate students. Many department courses include required field trips as an essential teaching tool. For example, EARTH 442 includes a trip to Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Dunes area to investigate glacial and atmospheric geomorphology features. All the Camp Davis courses include extended field trips that take advantage of the Camp's location near Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, Dinosaur National Park, and other sites in Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming. In addition, department faculty often plan a field trip in May or August to the Southwest US, Florida, or Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. International field trips often take place during the summer or over winter vacation. These large trips are subsidized by the department from alumni donations so that the cost to students is very low.