The Southwest Semester is a new interdisciplinary program that will explore a wide range of environmental issues during a semesterlong field experience (August–November 2015) across several states in the western United States. This integrated four-unit program will meet a variety of requirements in both geology and environmental policy and decision making, as well as the university core, including:
The semester is planned for fall 2015, and will begin with preparations on campus in early August, with a departure date of Aug. 20 for the first leg of travel/study. The group will take a weeklong midterm break late in September before completing the second leg of the program and returning to campus in mid-November.
Touring (camping): Grand Coulee, Yellowstone, Wind River Mountains (Wyo.), Dinosaur National Monument (10 days)
Settled (housing): Crested Butte (Colo.) (10 days)
Touring (camping): Canyonlands NP, Arches NP, Natural Bridges, N.M., Glen Canyon, Monument Valley, Mesa Verde NP (18 days)
Midterm Break: Ghost Ranch, N.M. (1 week)
Camping (or housing) at Ghost Ranch: Los Alamos and Sandia National Labs, Valle Grande, Bandelier, N.M., Santa Fe, Rio Grande Pueblos (10 days)
Touring (camping): Chaco Canyon NP, Canyon de Chelly, N.M., Glen Canyon Dam, Grand Canyon NP (south rim), Lake Mead/Hoover Dam, Salton Sea, San Andreas Fault (3 weeks)
Settled (housing): San Francisco Bay area—final tests and projects (1 week)
Please note: This new program is contingent upon sufficient enrollment.