If you crave education in action, the great outdoors, and building community then you should consider this once in a lifetime opportunity to learn how the geosciences are utilized in multiple facets of daily life. Our GeoJourney course for newly admitted NC State students will explore the relationships between the geosciences and society along one of North America’s greatest waterways – the Colorado River.

What We Offer

  • Earn 3 credit hours in Geology which may fulfill a GEP requirement
  • Spend 2 weeks learning and exploring along the path of the iconic Colorado River
  • Get to know an amazing cohort of curious adventurers just like you
  • Learn about how our geoscience knowledge will be essential in shaping our future world.

Who Can Apply

This 16-day field course is only offered for incoming freshmen (those admitted for the Fall 2018 term).

Overview of Field Course

When: Thursday, July 26th, 2018 – Saturday, August 11th, 2018

Cost: This is an all inclusive trip that will cover your roundtrip airfare from Raleigh-Durham Int’l Airport, ground transportation, lodging, meals, and National Park entrance fees for $1700. (3 credits of tuition is not included in this cost)

Where: Our 2018 GeoJourney will begin in Raleigh where students will spend 3 days (July 26th – July 28th) on campus at NC State engaging in team-building and outdoor-oriented experiences while learning about the basics of the study of the Earth with a focus on the Rocky Mountains, Colorado Plateau, and Basin & Range physiographic provinces through which the GeoJourney will traverse.

Faculty and students will fly together from RDU to DEN, where the GeoJourney begins. See our interactive map below for details on each stop along the journey. Our first stop will be the headwaters of the Colorado River, located at the Continental Divide within Rocky Mountain National Park.  Along the route we will spend focused learning time at some of the most iconic locations in the American West, including Grand Mesa, Arches, Canyonlands, and Capital Reef National Parks, the Henry Mountains and Lake Powell, Monument Valley and Glenn Canyon Dam, San Francisco Peaks Volcanic Field, Grand Canyon National Park, and Hoover Dam.  The GeoJourney will end in Las Vegas, Nevada from where faculty and students will fly back to Raleigh.

A more detailed map with the 2018 field-based learning locations is available here.

If you are interested in attending the 2018 Colorado River GeoJourney, apply below.

(Photo Credits: Mather Point, Grand Canyon National Park and a stop on the GeoJourney. NPS Photo by Michael Quinn.)