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Black Hills Experience


BLACK HILLS EXPERIENCE  |  This is a multidisciplinary, 3-credit course offered in May during the week after graduation.

Students embark on a trip that may include stops at Badlands National Park, Wounded Knee, Wind Cave National Park, Hot Springs Mammoth Site, Custer State Park, Jewel Cave National Monument, Harney Peak, and Devils Tower.

Previously, students have analyzed the region's water chemistry, identified local animals and plants, and encountered the region's geology.

Another highlight of the trip is a lecture by a local experts. Past speakers have included authors Dan O'Brien and Linda Hasselstrom, cave explorer Jan Conn, and Jim Jandreaux, the manager of Bear Butte State Park, and Linea Sundstrom, author of Storied Stone.

This course can be taken as an elective, or it may fulfill a general education requirement. Opportunities for 1-credit sections are possible for biology and chemistry majors. Select the units for the course before your trip begins.

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DATES: May 19-24, 2014
COST: ($425 plus tuition)
REGISTER BY: (April 9)
ADVISOR: Dr. Brian Hazlett

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