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Geology Field Trips

Geology is the study of the Earth, and the life of a geologist often involves field work and camping just as much as lab work. Direct experience with outcrops is essential to geological education, and the St. Norbert geology program has a strong field component.

Using Earth as our classroom, we at St. Norbert work hard, have fun and occasionally get a little muddy.

Several core geology classes have associated field trips to locations in the upper Midwest such as Baraboo, Wis.; Mellen, Wis.; and Duluth, Minn. In addition, we offer a week-long course in field geology every other spring break or Maymester (2 credits), and a month-long course every other winter break (4 credits). For our spring break trips we have traveled to such places as northern Arizona; the Florida Keys; Death Valley, Calif.; and Big Bend, Texas. For our winter break trips, we generally travel further afield, spending about three weeks in such places as Costa Rica, Hawai'i, and the Galapágos. In addition, we require geology majors to attend a field camp during the summer of their junior or senior year.

Please feel free to browse photos of some of our previous trips:

In 2011, SNC alum Kathy Licht ’92 brought professor Tim Flood and one SNC student to Antarctica for research.\
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