"This trip was an incredible hands-on learning experience that taught me skills that go beyond the classroom! The views and people made it an unforgettable experience."
"I benefited heavily from this transformative experience learning how to navigate new relationships and group dynamics with very beautiful views to go along with it. Truly a memorable trip where I could learn and apply valuable skills outside of the classroom while gaining a new perspective of this world." Grayson Patty
"Taking this trip was more than a fun way to earn a grade for me. I needed a perspective on how beautiful this world can be. The journey gave me exactly that."
Wyoming, where the untamed spirit of the west lives on and challenges your sense of adventure. From its snow capped mountain tops to its deep canyons and vast stretches of natural landscapes and all that is Yellowstone, Wyoming challenges your inner senses to become all that surrounds you.
From a geological perspective billions of years have produced a variety of natural processes resulting in mountain ranges, high plains and sedimentary basins that span the entire state. Ecological regions represented in Wyoming include semi-arid grasslands, wetlands, lava fields, glaciated peaks, volcanic plateaus, and forested mountains. Wyoming’s landscape of today contains energy resources, mineral deposits, geologic treasures, and enormous ecological diversity that blend to form an environment that must be experienced to be understood.
In 2024, Professors Billy Morris and Brandy Rogers have teamed up to create a unique learning experience for more students and more field science! Building from their initial partnership in 2022, Morris and Rogers will lead students on an adventure of a lifetime, exploring the Geology and Ecology of the Rocky Mountain West!
Earn credit in up to four courses and complete your Area D science requirements during an intensive summer program in Wyoming that features three science tracks including Geology, Environmental and Natural Resources, and Environmental Science. Individual courses include Physical Geology, Historical Geology, Ecology, Conservation Biology, and Environmental Science. Other courses available for credit included PHED 1130 (Fitness Walking/Jogging) and GHSC 2901 (Dinosaurs). The program itinerary includes ten pre-trip evening classes followed by three weeks of travel, with post-trip assignments to be completed upon return.
Three program tracks are available – Geology, Environmental and Natural Resources, and Environmental Science. In the Geology track students will earn credit for GEOL 1121k and GEOL 1122k (8hrs), with the option of adding PHED 1130 (2hrs) and/or GHSC 2901 (2hrs) for a possible total of 12 credit hours earned. The Environmental and Natural Resources track offers credit in EVNR 3000/3000l and ENVR 4130 (7hrs), with the option of adding PHED 1130 and/or GHSC 2901, for a possible total of 11 credit hours earned. The Environmental Science track features ENVS 1123k and ENVS 1124k (8hrs), with the option of adding PHED 1130 and/or GHSC 2901, for a possible total of 12 credit hours earned.
This Georgia Highlands College summer program provides some of the most spectacular geology, ecology, and scenery in the world through a unique hands-on study environment.
See more information on each track by using the navigation links on the right.
All participants must be 18 years of age at the time of trip departure.
"Rocks are records of events that took place at the time they were formed. They are books. They have a different vocabulary, a different alphabet, but you can learn how to read them."