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Travel Courses & Field Quarters

At DU, students take advantage of learning by doing. The majority of our environmental courses include a field component, where students and their professors travel to a variety of sites in the Colorado mountains as well as throughout the western U.S. to learn first hand about environmental issues and socio-economic and geopolitical challenges.

Field quarters and travel courses exceptional opportunity for observing, gathering data and gaining new perspectives in understanding environmental dynamics.

Ready to apply for field quarter? The 2019 application is available now.

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Advantages of Field Experiences

As part of the field quarter, students enroll for a block of academic credit, and spend the entire ten-week quarter off campus, visiting different locations throughout the western U.S. and Mexico.

This program is funded by external agencies that cover the cost of transportation, food and logistical support. Much of the time is spent traveling by van and camping. The program is open to undergraduate students majoring in environmental science or geography as well as students with sufficient course work in earth sciences and ecology.

Redefining the Classroom

Denver is a gateway to the Rocky Mountains, the American Southwest and destinations north and south. DU geographers and environmental scientists find ample space to grow as individuals, as scientists and as scholars. 

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    Rocky Mountain Ecosystems

    Our Mt. Evans field station acts as a base for students and faculty to gather data related to montane and subalpine ecosystems. Suitable for small groups, the station and its facilities can be rented out year-round. Learn more.

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    Professional Field Research Training

    Students will discover how to collect sediment and tree-ring cores and how to use state-of-the-art GPS technology on the Colorado Western Slope in hands-on labs.

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    Outdoor Laboratories

    National parks such as Yellowstone, Glacier and Carlsbad Caverns are prime locations for students to learn about natural resource management and conservation.