Special Courses

The Department of Earth & Space Sciences, in conjunction with Moscow State University, offers students the chance to explore and study on the most preserved geologic regions of all Europe; the Khibiny Mountains and Lovozero Tundra, the Baltic Shield.

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ESS 480/580 is a special topics course offered by the Department of Earth & Space Sciences which includes a three week summer field trip to the Khibiny Mountains region of the Russian Federation. The field study is conducted under the supervision of West Chester faculty and graduate students, during which students learn to apply geology field methods to study geomorphology and morphotectonics. The itinerary is as follows: arrive in Moscow; spend 1-2 days sightseeing in Moscow; depart for Khibiny via a three day train ride; spend 6 days doing group field treks; and then spend 5 days doing individual mapping.

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The requirements for the trip are a pre-trip meeting, visa registration and a conference on the logistics of the trip held prior to the commencement of the trip. In addition, a valid U.S. passport is required to travel abroad. The cost of the trip is approximately $3,000. This covers airfare, visa registration fees, Consulate fees, train tickets from Moscow to Apatity, lodging at the Moscow State University Field Station in Kirovsk, and all meals.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for undergraduates. For more information, please contact Dr. Daria Nikitina.

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Students study field geology in the Geology of National Parks course, conducting geologic mapping exercises and investigating stratigraphy, tectonic history, structural geology, igneous petrology, geomorphology, hydrogeology, soils, natural hazards, and economic resources of the national parks in Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Arizona, and New Mexico.

For more information, please contact Dr. Martin Helmke.