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EARTH 450: Ecosystem Science

June 23 - July 23, 2019

EARTH 450, cross listed as ENVIRON 450, explores the principles of ecosystem science using field projects in the Rocky Mountains. The unique and diverse geological history and climate of this region controls the occurrence of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and the plants and animals of which they are composed.  We will develop and use an understanding of geological and metrological processes to understand the distribution and function of grasslands, forests, and alpine ecosystems in the Rocky Mountains.  The course is designed for majors in geological sciences, natural resources and environmental science to gain field-based knowledge and experience of Rocky Mountain geology and ecology.  It is also designed for students majoring in other areas who have a general interest in this subject matter. This course will be team taught by professors from several different disciplines.


Earth 450 will be team taught by two Professors and two graduate student instructors. Faculty for this summer include:

Prof. Joel Blum U-M E&ES, Prof. Don Zak U-M SNRE



Earth/Environ 116 or Earth/Environ 119 or Earth 120


Environ/Bio 281 or Earth 201 or Earth/Environ 202 or Earth 219 or Environ 209

Requirement Fulfillment

Satisfies 5 LS&A Natural Science credits.

Satisfies field experience requirement for Earth concentration 

Satisfies field exerience requirement for PITE concentration. 

For a full list of requirements this course fulfills please click here.

Fees & Tuition

Fees: In addition to tuition, a tenative program fee of $2200 will apply which covers the cost of food, lodging, books, & transportation. Accepted students have until April 30th, 2019 to cancel. Student cancellations after this date will be assessed the full Camp Davis program fee.

Tuition: Current tuition rates can be found at the U-M Registrar website. Non-UM (guest) students are charged upper division rates.  If you are unsure how to calculate your tuition cost, please contact us, and we would be happy to help.

Tuition and program fees will be billed electronically to your student account in the 2nd week of June and will be due by June 30th.

Financial Aid

Earth & Environmental Sciences Grants:  The dept. of EE&S distributes funds each summer to student applicants based on both need and merit. Interested students should visit our Financial Aid page to apply.

Scholarships:  Students interested in obtaining external scholarships to help offset Earth 116 costs should visit our Financial Aid page for more information. It's important to note that while students are encouraged to apply, these external scholarship programs are not affiliated with U-M or the Dept. of Earth & Environmental Sciences.

U-M College of LS&A Financial Aid: The LSA Spring and/or Summer Scholarship provides financial support for spring and summer terms to qualified LSA students who have demonstrated financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid. This application process is separate from the Dept. of E&ES Grant program.

U-M PITE Financial Aid: The PITE department has funding available for qualifying PITE students. Please visit thier website for more information

U-M Office of Financial Aid: Interested University of Michigan students are encouraged to apply directly for financial aid through the U-M Fin-Aid Office. This application process is separate from the Dept. of E&ES Grant program. 

Unfortunately, guest students are not eligible for E&ES Grants and U-M Fin-Aid.



Frequently Asked Questions

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers and additional information.  Please feel free to contact us directly with any additional questions or concerns. 

Phone: 734-615-8600


Application & Registration

TTo apply to the Earth 116 program:

  1. Click the link below and complete our online application. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis per U-M registration policy. Accepted students will be notified via email.
  2. Within 10 business days of acceptance students will be required to make a Commitment to Participate via the U-M M-Compass portal.
  3. In early March, committed U-M students will receive permission, via email, to register for the course in the Wolverine Access system. Committed students without an active U-M account will be required to submit a guest student application and registration will be handled by the E&ES Dept.
  4. Committed students who decide not to attend Camp Davis after the April 30th cancellation deadline will be charged the full $2000 program fee.

Camp Davis Application