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Field trips from Hawaii to the Grand Canyon

Geology majors in the Grand Canyon at sunrise, up close and personal with red-hot lava and at the cliff's edge of an olivine beach in Hawaii, and backpacking the Grand Canyon

Geology provides many opportunities for students to observe and study in the field.

This begins for first-year students with GEOL105: Introductory Physical Geology in the Rocky Mountains. It is a 3-credit lab science course that takes place in August in the Black Hills of South Dakota and the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming.

The department also offers three major field trips each year to places of geologic interest. Winter and spring break trips usually venture to some place distant, exotic, and warmer than Illinois. Field trips provide a great way to learn geology, enjoy nature, and make new friends around the campfire.

Departmental Field Trips

Every year
the department takes students to the Geological Society of America NorthCentral meeting and the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show in Tucson, Arizona. In addition past trips have included:

2016 Spring break geology of Death Valley, California

2015 Spring break backpacking the Grand Canyon

2014 Spring break geology of Hawaii

2013 Spring break geology of Death Valley, Calif.

2013 Spring break geology of South Eastern Missouri

2012 Spring break backpacking in the Grand Canyon

2011 Spring break geology of Hawaii

2010 May in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado

2009 Winter break in the Florida Keys

The department embraces the liberal arts ideal, requiring a broad range of courses for the major while encouraging field trips and student research.