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Geology in Geneva

Geneva, Switzerland


Professors Geoffrey Cook
Dates Departure from U.S.: Sat., June 30, 2018
Arrival: Sun., July 1, 2018
Mandatory Orientation: Mon., July 2, 2018
First Day of Class: Mon., July 2, 2018
Last Day of Class: Fri., August 3, 2018
Departure for the U.S.
(or personal travel):
Sat., August 4, 2018

Flight Information

  • All approved applicants will be notified by e-mail when the program reaches minimum enrollment. Do not purchase plane tickets until the program is confirmed.
  • We strongly encourage you to take a flight that arrives at Geneva Airport (GVA) during daylight hours on Sunday, July 1, in order to take advantage of airport pick up. There will be two airport pick up times, one in the morning between 8:00 and 10:00 am, and one in the afternoon between 1:00 and 3:00 pm. It is always preferable to arrive early in the day to allow flexibility for travel delays.
  • Students who arrive after the afternoon pick up time will receive instructions on how to make their way to your program housing independently.
  • Contact STA Travel if you would like to book flights with other students on this program or take advantage of the airfare deposit program.
Info Sessions
  • Tuesday, January 16, 5:00 - 6:30 pm
    Study Abroad Building Dance Hall, University Center 409
  • Tuesday, February 20, 5:00 - 6:30 pm
    Study Abroad Building Dance Hall, University Center 409

Why you should go

This will be the first Global Seminar to focus entirely on Earth Science/STEM in an inspiring locale that showcases a wide variety of scientific and natural beauty. The program will concentrate on geology and volcanology using two new courses, which will cover a wide breadth of topics in earth science. Geneva is an ideal setting for studying geology and environmental science because there is an enormous amount of geology to study in the immediate vicinity. Possible field subjects include (but are not limited to) glacial geology, tectonics, mountain‐building (orogenesis), metamorphism, petrology (the study of rocks), minerals, weathering and sedimentary processes, and current environmental issues such as climate change. Several longer excursions (e.g. Chamonix, Zermatt and Sicily/Stromboli) will enrich the experience and give students a true field‐based education in the geology of Europe.

Who should go

This program is appropriate for all students interested in earth science. It can fulfil that natural science general education requirement for non-science majors in Eleanor Roosevelt and Marshall College. The Geology of the Alps course can be used as an upper-division elective for the Earth Sciences major and minor, as well as the Environmental Systems major.

Meet the professor

Prof. Geoffrey CookGeoffrey Cook is a Teaching Professor in the Geosciences Research Division at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. Cook’s research focuses on volcanology, and the science of volcanic eruptions. Cook has had a life-long obsession with rocks, volcanoes, and dinosaurs that began when he was a young boy growing up in New Hampshire. He will be applying his passion for geosciences to the study of the geography of the Alps and volcanically active islands in Italy. He received the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2011 and the Sixth College Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award in 2012.

Get in touch with UCSD Global Seminars

Study Abroad UC San Diego
University Center 409
9500 Gilman Drive #0095
La Jolla, California 92093-0095
Phone: (858) 534-1123
Email: globalseminar@ucsd.edu
VAC: http://vac.ucsd.edu

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