EPS 39A Spring 2018

Freshmen Seminar on Earth Science in the Field



Students have an opportunity to learn about the Earth through direct field observation. The main part is a 4-day fieldtrip that introduces a variety of geological issues ranging from evolution of California, rock-forming processes, earthquakes, environmental concerns, mining and water management. A fee is required to cover cost of transportation and food. Tent and sleeping bag needed. Freshmen and sophomores only!

The 4-day field trip is planned for March 22-25. Exact date still depends on campground reservations. This year we plan to explore Southern California: Mine in Boron, Mojave Desert, Santa Rosa Mountains, Salton Sea. Be prepared for some rather primitive camping and strenuous hikes. You must attend the fieldtrip or you will receive an F grade.

There are three mandatory lectures Wednesdays 5:10-6pm in 325 McCone: January 17 (organizational meeting, attend also if you are on waiting list), January 24 and January 31 (geology of California).

Also, we will have a meeting on fieldtrip logistics the week before the fieldtrip (Wednesday March 14, 5:10 p.m.).

Instructor: Prof. Rudy Wenk, 495 McCone, wenk@berkeley.edu, http://eps.berkeley.edu/people/hans-rudolf-wenk

This class gives priority to undeclared freshmen interested in the physical sciences and a Class Entry Code (CEC) is required to register. Please e-mail your interest for taking this class to epsscheduling@berkeley.edu in order to receive a CEC.