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Field Trips and Seminars

Geology Field Trips
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Class Field Trips

One of the highlights of nearly every geology class offered at Wheaton College is the field trip component. Geology classes include trips to important regional geologic sites as well as taking extended trips over Spring and Christmas breaks or in the summer.

  • Fox and Illinois River Valleys (glacial geology, stratigraphy, paleontology, and environmental issues): GEOL 211/221
  • Devil's Lake, Baraboo Area, Wisconsin (glacial geology, petrology, tectonics, historical geology): GEOL 321
  • Central Wisconsin (structural geology, tectonics and petrology): GEOL 443
  • Southern Illinois and Central Missouri (modern and ancient sedimentation, petrology, paleontology, regional geology): GEOL 344
  • Chicago and Lake Michigan Area Landforms (glacial geology, coastal issues, fluvial features, urban/suburban environmental issues): GEOL 336
  • Northern Illinois Streams, Deep Tunnel Project, Groundwater Drilling, Landfill Sites (hydrogeology): GEOL 437
  • Northern Illinois Soils (soil science): GEOL 355
  • Field Museum and Ohio River Valley to Central Kentucky (paleontology, paleoecology): GEOL 375
  • The entire Black Hills Region of South Dakota, including Badlands, Devil's Tower, Mount Rushmore, Homestake Gold Mine (regional geology, historical geology, geological materials, modern geological processes, natural resources, environmental issues): GEOL 201 during the summer
  • The Black Hills and on to the Big Horn Mountains, Powder River Basin, Tetons, Yellowstone Park, and Beartooth Mountains in South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana (field methods, geological mapping, tectonics, resource geology, historical geology, and petrology): GEOL 412
  • The nation of Belize and its Barrier Reef (marine geology, coastal features): BIOL 385
  • John G. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago: GEOL 208


  • Each semester students and faculty visit Chicago-area universities to hear guest speakers. The department also arranges special seminars and lectures by well-known researchers and practitioners along with inviting Geology Alumni to speak at various times throughout the year.