Go Places.

In the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences field work is a critical part of our scientific study. EAPS students and researchers scour the globe to understand the dynamic, interconnected systems of the natural world.


As a student in an EAPS class, or as a student researcher in an Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) project, you will be amazed at the places you will travel and the people you will meet. A unique feature of an education in Course 12 is that we view the Earth as our classroom. Experiences in the real world lead to a better understanding that can inform your experimental and analytical work back in the lab. Take a look at the sampling of opportunities that students in EAPS have had on a regular basis.

Astronomy Field Camp

Astronomy Field Camp

Since 1984 students in Course XII have been taking time over IAP to swap snow-shoeing for star-gazing to attend Astronomy Field Camp at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Experimental Atmospheric Chemistry

Discover the atmospheric chemistry involved in climate change, air pollution, and ozone depletion through laboratory and field visits to the Harvard Forest.


Journey to Baker River, NH to survey the river profile and gather data about stream velocities and grain size distribution.

Discover EAPS: Life in Extreme Environments

This week-long trip involving camping and touring Yellowstone National Park teaches the basics of earth science.

Experimental Petrology Lab: Cascades WA

A geological field work experience in the Metamorphic Core Domain of the North Cascades.

Fall Geology Field Trip

EAPS geoscience faculty lead an annual trip exploring unique geological features from Boston to the Connecticut River Valley – spanning over 600 million years of deep time.

Discover EAPS: Extreme Weather

This multi-day exploration covers some of the most interesting and challenging aspects of weather and climate research culminating in a visit to Mt. Washington NH, notorious for its erratic weather.


Survey sedimentary rocks with igneous textures like banding and graded bedding, and view associations of quartz and fayalite minerals in Cape Neddick and Cape Ann, MA.

Observational Techniques of Optical Astronomy

Learn to use the telescopes at the George R. Wallace Astrophysical Observatory (WAO), a teaching and research facility run by the Planetary Astronomy Lab.

Geophysics Field Camp: St. Lucia

A week-long trip to prospect for groundwater using multiple geophysical methods including seismology, self-potential and gravity measurements.

Introduction to Geology Field Trip

A combination of two one-day field trips and laboratory exercises on minerals, rocks, mapping, plate tectonics, rheology and glaciers.

Introduction to Geophysics & Planetary Science

Study the structure, composition, and physical processes that govern terrestrial planets on a field trip exploring the Indian Himalayan Region.

Geology Field Camp: Mojave Desert

This intensive four-week experience takes students to the eastern Mojave Desert in California to practice methods of modern geological field study.

The History of Earth’s Climate

Evaluate geochemical, sedimentological, and paleontological evidence for changes in ocean circulation, global temperatures, and atmospheric carbon dioxide levels.

Sedimentology in the Field: Precambrian Environments

Over Spring Break, travel to Van Horn, TX to learn the fundamentals of sedimentary deposition and geological reasoning.