EPS 39A Spring 2017, Section 2

Freshmen Seminar on Earth Science in the Field

[note that there are two sections to choose from taught by Prof. Swanson and Prof Wenk, respectively]


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 April 27-30. Exact date depends on Yosemite campground reservations which are not accessible yet). Topics include mining and limestone caves in the Sierra Nevada foothills, Sierra Nevada granite and glaciation in Yosemite (with strenuous hiking!).

There are three mandatory lectures Wednesdays 5:10-6pm in 325 McCone: January 18 (organizational meeting, attend also if you are on waiting list), January 25 and February 1 (geology of California).

Also, we will have a meeting on fieldtrip logistics the week before the fieldtrip (week before field trip).

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.

Some pictures from previous 39 field trips are attached to give you a taste for upcoming adventures.

Fricot gold nugget in Mariposa State Museum

Mercer Caverns

Upper Yosemite falls

View from Upper Yosemite falls

Late snow

Geological map of Yosemite