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Study Away in Southwest, USA

Southwest US Study Abroad

Program Description

Ever wonder how much Jell-O it would take to fill the Grand Canyon? Or how much wrapping paper is needed to wrap the Hoover Dam? Answer these questions and many more on the Southwest USA Study Away Tour! This academic program exposes students to the applications of mathematics in a variety of science, technology, and engineering fields through embracing the majesty of the Grand Canyon, marveling at the engineering of the Hoover Dam, and gazing into the cosmos at the Lowell Observatory.

Ignite your passions by being transported to the past through petroglyphs and dinosaur tracks, immersed in Native American history and culture, envision renewable energy resources, and by traversing surreal and volcanic landscapes. Join us as we make mathematics come alive in the Southwest USA!

Please note this program will involve a lot of walking. The application deadline for all study abroad programs is November 11, 2019.

  • Credits

    MATH-143 OR MATH-153 OR MATH-155 OR MATH-181 OR MATH-182 OR MATH-240 (3 or 4 credits depending on the course selected)

    SABR-950 “Study Abroad” (1 Credit)

  • Schedule

    The group will travel to the southwestern region from April 1-10, 2020.

    Wednesday (April 1): Depart from Maryland

    Land in Las Vegas, Nevada and travel to Boulder City, Nevada

    Thursday (April 2): Travel to Tillman-O'Callaghan Bridge

    See Hoover Dam

    Travel to Flagstaff, AZ

    Visit Lowell Observatory in the evening

    Friday (April 3): Go to NAU Engineering Department and see alternative energy sources like the solar shack and wind tunnel

    Saturday (April 4): Travel to Museum of Northern Arizona

    Hike the self-guided nature trail

    Sunday (April 5): Travel to the Walnut Canyon, Island Trail the "hot spot" of Biodiversity

    Travel to Wupatki National Monument sand see the dwelling with over 100 rooms

    Monday (April 6): Travel to Tuba City through the painted desert

    Stop by the Code Talkers Museum and Interactive Navajo Nation Museum

    Dinner at the Hogan Family Restaurant

    Tuesday (April 7): See Dinosaur tracks outside of Tuba City

    Stop at Shoshone Point, the Watch tower and Tusayan Ruins

    Wednesday (April 8): See the Grand Canyon Sunrise

    Go to Grand Canyon Visitor Center & Mather Point

    Yavapai Point Geology Museum

    Walk the Trail of Time from Yavapai Point to Ver Kamp's Visitor Center

    Check out the Hopi House

    See fossil beds

    Take the shuttle bus to Powell Point and hike along the rim trail towards/to Hermit's Rest

    Thursday (April 9): Meet persons from Grand Canyon Association and go on hike to Ooh-Ahh point

    Friday (April 10): Stop at Montezuma's Castle

    Return home.

    Schedule is subject to change depending on prices and entrance availability.

    Application Deadline/Scholarship Deadline

    The application and scholarship deadline for all study abroad and away programs is November 11, 2019.

  • Program Director

    Program Director

    Dr. Loretta Tokoly
    Phone: 443-518-4006

    Program Assistant

    Adrian Kuhlman
    Phone: 443-518-4090

  • Program Cost

    The tentative cost for the study abroad program is $2,900. This fee does not include the additional three credit course fee or the one credit study abroad course fee. The payment timeline is as follows:

    • $500 Program Deposit Fee (to be paid upon submission of study abroad application)
    • $1,200 Initial payment due by January 11, 2019
    • $1,200 Final Payment due by February 8, 2019

    *HCC reserves the right to increase the cost of the program up to 10% due to increased costs/flights and/or currency fluctuations.

    The Program Cost Includes:

    • Roundtrip airfare
    • Transportation around sites
    • Some meals
    • Accommodation
    • All planned excursions

    The Program Cost Does Not Include:

    • Some meals
    • Free time expenses
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