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Field Camps

We offer two field programs: The Cornell University Earth and Environmental Systems Field Program in Hawaii and the Cornell University/University of Buenos Aires summer course in field mapping and geology of the Central Andes.

Cornell University Earth and Environmental Systems Field Program in Hawaii

The Cornell University Earth and Environmental Systems Field Program, which is offered every spring, is based in the town of Waimea, on the Big Island of Hawaii. Students enrolled in the field program complete 19 credits of coursework during the spring semester:

EAS 3220 Biogeochemistry of the Hawaiian Islands

EAS 3400 Field Study of the Earth System

EAS 3510 Conservation Oceanography

EAS 4960 Internship Experience

AIS 3400 Contested Terrain: Hawaii

EAS 3220, EAS 3400, and EAS 3510 satisfy degree requirements for students majoring in Science of Earth Systems. Additionally, AIS 3400 satisfies liberal studies/distribution requirements for students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Engineering.

Cornell University/University of Buenos Aires Field Mapping in Argentina

The Cornell University/University of Buenos Aires summer course in field mapping and geology of the Central Andes, which is offered every other summer, is based in the Precordillera range in San Juan Province, Argentina.

The field area is marked by spectacular rock exposures and superb examples of geologic phenomena in an active tectonic environment. The first part of the course is based on field exercises that include mapping of recently active faults, Precambrian metamorphic rocks including a Precambrian ophiolite, Paleozoic to Tertiary sedimentary rocks, and Tertiary volcanic rocks. The second part includes two mapping projects and a four-day field trip with study exercises in the adjacent Frontal and Main Andean Cordilleras.

Students enroll in the course (EAS 4710 Field Mapping in Argentina) through Cornell University Summer Sessions. The course fulfills the field course requirement for students majoring in Science of Earth Systems.