April 10 - 14, 2019
Earth 132 is a five-day/four-night field course to study the geology and geologic history of the Death Valley region. Death Valley contains some of the most spectacular vistas anywhere including places where both the highest and lowest spots in the contiguous United States can be seen simultaneously. Death Valley is also geologically spectacular. Here the rocks reveal the geologic history of the western United States over the last two billion years. By studying the rocks and the processes that formed them, you will be able to piece together this history. In addition, you will see numerous examples of the geologic and hydrologic processes that are actively shaping Death Valley today.
On this trip, you will travel approximately 1200 miles. The trip will take you eastward through the Mojave Desert, then you will enter the southern end of Death Valley, explore Death Valley in its entirety, cross the Panamint Mountains, and visit the mining town of Darwin before returning to Santa Barbara.
May 18 - June 1, 2019
Earth 133 - Geologic Field Seminar of the Colorado Plateau is a fifteen-day excursion of the National Parks of northern Arizona, Colorado, and Utah: Grand Canyon, Glen Canyon Dam, Four Corners, Navajo, Monument Valley, Natural Bridges. Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Escalante Petrified Forest, Bryce, Zion, and much, much more! This course is designed as an "honors level" field experience where principles and concepts learned in first year geology classes can be applied and interpreted in the field.
Instruction follows a seminar format wherein each student is responsible for researching, developing, and presenting to the class a topic relevant to the parks we visit. Students are required to keep a field notebook, take morning quizzes, and actively participate in geologic discussions, critiques, and arguments. This is truly a unique opportunity for you to visit, interpret, and understand some of the outstanding geologic sites of this world.
Earth 137: Offered Summer 2019
Earth 137 - Introductory Field Geology is a 3.2 unit course offered in second half of summer session 1. The first two weeks in Santa Barbara, and the last few days in the White-Inyo Mountains, near Bishop. This course introduces the student to the tools and techniques for geologic mapping in the field. No previous field mapping experience is required. Techniques covered include: Introductory Field Mapping with Brunton Compass and Tape, Stratigraphic Mapping Sections, Interpretation of Topographic Maps, Geologic Maps, Geologic Cross Sections. The course is offered both in the lab and in the field. Homework assignments are required.
Earth 138: Offered Summer 2019
Earth 138 - Geologic Field Camp is a 4.3 unit course with the first two weeks in the field and the last few days in Santa Barbara, writing up your final projects. This course, during summer session 2, requires a previous mapping course (Earth 137 is acceptable) or consent of the instructor. Geologic Mapping is done at a field camp near Mt. Abel at an elevation of 6200 feet, in the Cuyama Badlands, and the Ridge Basin near Gorman. It is an intense field-mapping course using various geologic surveying tools and techniques learned in Earth 137.
October 17 - 21, 2018
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.
Pre/Co-Requisite Challenge for Field Courses
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.
Offered in 2020
The course involves camping out seven nights, some light hiking, taking notes at daily lecture stops, taking quizzes, and helping with the preparation of meals and with other camp duties.
This course is introductory in nature--no pre-requisites or concurrent enrollment are required. Students interested in the earth sciences are encouraged to participate.
January 2 - 13, 2019, Next offering: TBA
Earth 130V is a twelve day excursion on the big island of Hawaii to study the geology of the island in general, with an emphasis on the volcanic processes of Kilauea volcano. The course is offered as part of the Fall 2018 class schedule, but will take place during the winter break between semesters.
Earth 130V is field oriented (a lot of hiking!), using principles and concepts learned in first year geology classes and applied in the field to understand and interpret earth processes. Students are required to keep a field notebook, complete a mapping project, take morning quizzes, and actively participate in geologic projects, discussions, and critiques. This is truly a unique opportunity for you to visit, study, and interpret the processes of an active volcano in a beautiful, tropical setting.