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EARTH 116: Intro Geology

Session 1: July 5 - Aug 4, 2019; Session 2: July 17 - Aug 16, 2019

Students enjoying lunch in Teton Park

EARTH 116 is an introductory course covering all aspects of modern earth sciences. Students learn about rocks, minerals, and fossils, both in the classroom and in a variety of natural settings, which leads to discussion and understanding of topics such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, geoenvironmental problems, paleoceanography, and tectonic processes. In the first week classroom lectures are a key part of the course, after that, most of the time will be spent in the field on day trips and extended camping trips. About two weeks of the course involve field trips to other parts of Wyoming as well as Nevada, Montana, Idaho, and Utah. High elevation hiking is required and moderate to good physical fitness is necessary.


Earth 116 will be team taught by two Professors and two graduate student instructors. Faculty for summer include:

Session 1: Prof. Jeron Ritsema U-M E&ES, Prof. Jamie Gleason U-M E&ES

Session 2: Prof. Becky Lange U-M E&ES, Prof. Marin Clark 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 Intro Geology requirement.

Satisfies PITE Field experience requirement.

Satisfies PITE Intro Geology 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 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 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