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.
If you're interested in learning more about the Southwest Semester and how it could fit into your academic plans, attend the Southwest Semester Interest Meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 7 to 9 p.m., in Thompson 115.
Can't make the meeting? For more information contact Barry Goldstein, geology, at firstname.lastname@example.org or x3822, or stop by Thompson 117c.