Field Trips

Racetrack Playa Moving rock at Racetrack Playa, Death Valley, California - Spring 2006, photo by David Choi

Field trips are an important part of our planetary sciences curriculum, as our own planet is the best laboratory to see the outcome of processes common to many planets. You learn more in 3-5 days out in the field than inside a classroom all semester.

PTYS 594a - Planetary Geology Field Practicum

The semester field trip explores interesting planetary analogs around the Southwest, and occassionally embarks on a week-long trip to distant locales such as Yellowstone, Washington State or Hawaii.

PTYS 554 - Planetary Surfaces

This core class also has a short field trip to Flagstaff, Arizona.