Earth & Planetary Sciences

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ERTH 132 Death Valley


Depart - Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 5:45 am 

Return - Sunday, April 15, 2018, 6:00 pm

Cost - $104 plus unit fees

Effective Fall 2016, there is a new procedure for adding an Earth Sciences field course. To add the course, you will be required to:

  1. Sign–up on the Field Course interest list (available from your instructor).

  2. Register for the Field Course via pipeline.

  3. Choose a payment option for the field course fee:

  • Option A – PAY IN FULL - Add the course directly in Pipeline and pay the total amount due for the unit fee and Field Course fee within 7 days of adding the course.

  • Option B* – PAYMENT PLAN - Add the course directly in Pipeline and go to the Cashier's Office to apply for a payment plan. Unit fees will be due in full, as well as all outstanding school balances.  Additionally, one half of the field course fee, $52, will be due within 7 days of registration, or you will be dropped for non-payment.  The remaining balance will be due on or before Friday, March 23, 2018.

  • Option C* - SCHOLARSHIP APPLICANT- Apply for a scholarship in the Earth Sciences Department to help defer part of the field course cost.  In this case, follow the procedure for Option B above (you still must go to the Cashier's Office and apply for a payment plan after you register ), then fill out a scholarship form and submit it to your instructor. Once the scholarship is awarded, the cashier will be notified of the amount, and your second payment will be reduced by the scholarship amount. If there is any remaining balance to the field course fee after the scholarship is appllied, it will be due no later than Friday, March 23, 2018.

You will have 7 days from when you add the course to cover all of the applicable expenses above or make payment arrangements at the Cashier's Office. After that time, if payment or arrangements have not been made, you will be administratively dropped for non-payment.

NOTE: If you are adding within the last 10 days of the course departure date, you MUST provide a receipt that all fees are paid to one of the instructors. If you pay online, you will receive an email receipt to provide the instructor.  Alternatively, if you pay at the Cashier's Office they will provide you a paper receipt to present to your instructor.

Transportation - Santa Barbara Airbus and SBCC vans (no private vehicles).
Food - Staff from the School of Culinary Arts prepares your meals.  
Accommodations - We do not camp at established campgrounds with rest rooms and/or shower facilities.  You should be prepared to adapt as needed.

Support Staff - The Earth Sciences Lab and Field Technician, Kevin McNichol, organizes and supervises the logistics of the trip and camp setup.  He is assisted by a group of volunteer field trip veterans known at the Woolly Crew. First aid kits are provided for each group and in camp if needed.  Earth Sciences Tutors are also available to help you study.

Pre/Co-Requisite - In order to register for any field course through Earth and Planetary Sciences, a student must be currently enrolled or have taken one of the following courses: ERTH 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 122, 125, 126, 131, 132, 141, 151 or ENVS 115 or GEOG 101. If you do not fulfill the Pre/Co-Requisite, you can challenge the requirement. To learn more, please read: Pre/Co-Requisite Challenge for Field Courses.

Financial aid -  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.  All scholarship applications are due no later than Tuesday, March 20, 2018.  

Refunds -  If you have to withdraw, you must notify your Earth Science instructor no later than 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 4, 2018. Refunds will be mailed after processing your refund paperwork. Your space on the trip is not transferable.  If you miss the trip, you may not be able to get a refund.


For more information, click on the following topics:

Field Course Information Sheet

Equipment List

Student Conduct Agreement

Scholarship Information and Application

Pre-trip Orientation Sheet

Safety Guidelines 


Contact Jeff Meyer, Erin O'Connor,  or Stephanie Mendes or come by the EPS office in EBS 114!

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