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Earth 131 Eastern Sierra Nevada

 Earth 131 is a five-day/four-night field course to study the geology and geologic history of the Eastern Sierra Nevada, California. The Sierra contains some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere, including the highest point in the contiguous United States. The Sierra is also geologically spectacular; here the rocks reveal the geologic history of the western United States over the last 500 million years. By studying the rocks and the processes that formed them, we will be able to piece together this history. In addition we will see numerous examples of the geologic and hydrologic processes such as earthquakes, volcanoes, glaciers, and rivers that are actively shaping the mountains today.

Earth 131 is a 2-unit academic course which will require your active participation both during the day and in the evening.  You will be expected to take neat and complete field notes, and to prepare for quizzes each morning.  You will also need to know the Geologic Time Scale before you depart on the field trip.


Depart - Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 at 5:45 am

Return -  Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018 between 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Cost - $104 plus unit fees

How to Sign Up

Effective Spring 2018, there is a new procedure for adding an Earth Sciences field course. To add the course, you will be required to:

Add the course on Pipeline (either CRN # 30390, 30392, and 30393), and pay registration fee and field course fee within 7 days. If you do not pay the fees within 7 days, you will be automatically dropped from the class. Additionally, if you have an outstanding balance of any other fees on your account and it is not paid within 7 days of registration, you will be dropped from the field course. Be sure to check your Pipeline account!

If applying for a scholarship, register as explained above and you will receive a credit to your account if you receive a scholarship. OR wait to register until after scholarships have been awarded and pay the balance of the course fee ($52). 

NOTE: If you are adding within the last 10 days of the course departure date, you MUST provide a receipt to Libby Gans in EBS 114 showing that all fees are paid.

Transportation - SBCC bus (no private vehicles).

Food - Meals are prepared in our field kitchen by staff with student help.

Camping - Camping in large undeveloped areas with no or rustic restrooms or shower facilities. Be prepared to adapt.

Scholarship Information - There is a limited amount of scholarship money available to qualified students. Scholarships are based on need and merit. See your instructor if you wish to apply for aid. If you are applying for a scholarship, follow Option C above to sign up for the course. Scholarship applications are accepted on a rolling basis beginning immediately but no later than Oct. 3.


For more information, click on the following topics:

Field Course Information Sheet
Equipment List
Pre-trip Orientation Sheet
Bennett Scholarship Information and Application
Student Conduct Agreement

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