United States - Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains

Mile High Chemistry

Chemistry 311 

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April 30 - May 26, 2024

Enrollment limit


Course fee


Included in course fee

The course fee covers ground transportation to and from the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory field station near Mammoth Lakes, excursions to Mono Lake, the geology tours, and a training weekend on outdoor skills prior to departure. It also includes lodging and meals in a modern dorm with kitchen and bath, lab fees and course materials.

Beyond course fee

This includes laundry, personal expenses, personal trips
and souvenirs, around $200.

Course Description

This course takes place in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, a pristine and unique wilderness area. Sitting at the base of Mt Morrison, the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory, an international field station with a full laboratory facility, serves as our home base. The objective of the course is to generate a baseline of chemical data on a watershed of the student’s choice. Students can choose from backcountry lakes accessible by hiking as well as front country sites that are as close as a five minute drive from the field station. Water, soil and atmospheric samples are taken at the study site and will be analyzed in the laboratory. The final product generated during the May Term course is a watershed assessment for each of the regions which is shared with the National Forest Service. These reports are an important part of monitoring changes to this sensitive environment over time.

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