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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

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

The department typically offers three major field trips each year, traveling near and far 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.

Some examples of past field trips:

  • 2014 Geological Society of America, NorthCentral meeting, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 2014 Spring break--geology of Hawaii
  • 2014 Tucson, Arizona Gem and Mineral Show
  • 2013 Geological Society of America, NorthCentral meeting, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • 2013 Spring break - geology of Death Valley, California 
  • 2013 Spring break - geology of South Eastern Missouri
  • 2013 Tucson, Arizona Gem and Mineral Show
  • 2012 Spring break - backpacking in the Grand Canyon
  • 2012 Tucson, Arizona Gem and Mineral Show
  • 2011 Spring break--geology of Hawaii
  • 2011 Tucson, Arizona Gem and Mineral Show
  • 2011 Geological Society of America, NorthCentral meeting, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 2010 May--Rocky Mountains, Colorado
  • 2010 Geological Society of America, NorthCentral meeting, Branson, Missouri
  • 2009 winter break — 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.