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EARTH 202: Intro Earth & Environmental Science in the Rockies

June 18 - July 18, 2019

Hiking in Teton Park

Earth 202 examines earth and environmental science in the Rocky Mountain west. The objective of the course is to understand-- through observation and hands-on experience-- how natural and human processes have in the past and are now causing environmental change in the west. Students will learn principles of the natural sciences, including geology, ecology, and atmospheric sciences, and apply these principles in field settings. Students will also examine today's most pressing environmental issues including climate change; biodiversity loss; air, water, and soil pollution; energy use and conservation; and agricultural practices. The course includes frequent outdoor projects, hiking excursions over steep terrain, and field trips to national parks and other sites of interest.    


Earth 202 will be team taught by two Professors and two graduate student instructors. Faculty for this summer include:

Prof. Chris Poulsen U-M E&ES, Prof. Gregory Dick U-M E&ES


No prerequisites are required. Graduating high school seniors and university students are encouraged to apply. Entering first-year students could arrive on campus in the fall term with 5 hours of science credit already earned studying rocks and minerals in the mountains of the West. Benefits include reduced food, and lodging costs.

Requirement Fulfillment

Satisfies 5 LS&A Natural Science credits.

Satisfies Earth Introductory Global Change or Environmental Science Course requirement.

Satisfies PITE Introductory Interdisciplinary Course requirement
The PITE Natural and Earth Systems Science Core requirement
The PITE Introductory Geological Sciences requirement

Satisfies the PITE Practical Experience requirement

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 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

To apply to the Earth 202 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