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Skidmore College
Skidmore in New Zealand

Field & Research 

The Field & Research component is designed for students that want to take their learning outside of the classroom. Students will begin the semester with a five-week field camp experience that leads into the start of the semester at the University where they will direct enroll in classes as well as conduct research based off of data collected in the field. While participants should have an interest in geoscience, this program has drawn students from many disciplines, including environmental science, environmental studies, biology, economics, and anthropology.

Students will select one of the following field & research tracks:

  • New Zealand Earth Systems (5 credits) track analyzes current environmental issues arising from the interface between nature and society. The five-week field camp travels to the North Island and South Islands, exploring the Bay of Plenty, Mt. Ruapehu,  Banks Peninsula, the Southern Alps, and Kaikoura through a series of field modules. During field camp, students learn the field techniques needed to solve the environmental issues. Following field camp, students transition to the University phase of the program. In the fall semester, all students will study at the University of Canterbury and in the spring semester students can choose between the University of Canterbury or the University of Auckland , where they enroll in four courses:
    • Research Methods in Earth Systems Science - 4 credits
    • Three University courses of your choosing – 4 credits each
  • Geology of New Zealand(5 credits) begins with a 5-week field camp where students travel throughout the North and South Islands studying the geologic evolution of New Zealand through a series of linked field modules.  Field work is complemented by map preparation and exercises in the evenings, as well as lectures that highlight a wide variety of our staff’s field and laboratory-based studies.  The field camp experience will transition into a semester at the University of Canterbury. Students will enroll in four semester courses: