Geography 172


Field Exploration: Colorado Plateau

3 units, 2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory


This week-long course involves lecture and field study of natural processes and features in selected areas of the Colorado Plateau. Lectures en route and on site may include the origin, evolution, and significance of the region’s tectonic setting, geomorphic features, hydrology, native plants, and weather. The course may also examine human-environment interactions as well as spatial and temporal variations in areas such as the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, Sunset Crater, and the Mogollon Rim. Students will learn various field study techniques including map interpretation, map analysis, and the use of field instruments including mineral and rock identification tools, compasses, and global positioning devices (GPS). The course requires field trip travel, often including overnight camping and light to moderate hiking.

Transfers to CSU


Click here to check out photos and a video of the trip.  (Length:  5:38)