Estimated Cost: $450 for students who enroll in NCS 2204

Needed: The ability to camp and hike

Maximum Group Size: Not specified

The GEO Earth Science Field Study provides an opportunity to fulfill a general education lab/science class requirement in a fun, hands-on manner. Students will travel from Detroit to various points out West in South Dakota and Wyoming.

The trip will include the Badlands of South Dakota, the Black Hills, Harney Peak, Wind Cave, and a gold mine, Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, and Grand Tetons National Park.

While away, the group will cook its own meals, camp in tents and stay in a cabin, and engage in education by hiking over and through some of the best geology to be found. The students will also keep journals describing what they see and learn from first-hand observation, trail lectures, interpretive centers, and readings.

For students who enroll in NSC 2204 – Natural Science Field Study, the course fee is $450. When tuition is included, the entire trip will cost approximately $2300, which also includes transportation, lodging, food, site passes, and lab fees. Students who choose to participate in the trip without enrolling in NSC 2204 will not pay tuition, but their course fee will be significantly higher in order to cover complete travel costs.

For more information, contact Dr. Keith Huey at