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Southwest USA

Grand Canyon

Survey the majesty of the Grand Canyon, take an up-close look at the Hoover Dam’s engineering and environmental impact, and take time for stargazing at the Lowell Observatory. Throughout the program, learn about Native American history and culture.

Get ready to study in the Southwestern United States during spring break. This academic study away program will expose you to the applications of mathematics in a variety of science, technology, and engineering fields, while simultaneously providing an introduction to the culture, history, and geography of this unique region of the United States.

Program Eligibility

Participants must have the stamina to endure climate fluctuations, significant elevation changes, and a wide range of trail conditions. A significant portion of the program involves walking on rocky and uneven terrain in arid conditions. Participants are strongly encouraged to consult a physician to assess their fitness level and ability to successfully participate in all program activities.

Interested candidates who are not eligible to enroll in one of this program’s associated Math courses for Spring 2018, should contact the program director for permission to attend as a non-credit participant. This program will be limited to 10 participants. 

  • Credits

    HCC students wishing to attend this program for academic credit must also register for any section of Math 181, Math 182, Math 240, or Math 260 for the Spring 2018 semester. 

    Students who are not eligible to enroll in one of the associated Math courses during the Spring 2018 semester should contact the director to discuss possibilities for attendance as a non-credit participant.

  • Details

    The cost for this study program is $2,950*. This cost does not include tuition and fees for the associated Math course. Limited Financial Aid may be available for HCC credit students.

    The $2,950* cost includes:
          • Round trip airfare to and from the Southwest U.S.

          • All accommodations during the program.

          • Some meals.

          • All entrance fees for planned excursions.
          • Transportation during scheduled excursions.

    Additional costs not included in the program:
          • Personal expenses.

          • Any excursions that students may undertake
             during open time and meals outside the program.


    * HCC reserves the right to increase the cost of the Program Fee up to 10% due to increased program costs, increased flight costs, and/or, currency fluctuations

    Payment Information

    $500 Non-Refundable due: at registration
    Initial Payment due: November 17, 2017
    Final Payment due: December 22, 2017


    Note: If you do not make payment on time you will automatically be dropped from the program and will not be able to re-register. Registration is limited to 10 participants.

  • Program Director

    Dr. Loretta Tokoly
    Phone: 443-518-4006

  • Schedule

    This program has been designed to work in conjunction with selected Math courses operating on the standard semester calendar for Spring 2018 (see Credits section). The program will provide students with multiple opportunities to collect data and case studies for use in projects required by their associated Math course.

    Day 1- Depart for Nevada, visit Red Rock Canyon

    Day 2- Boulder City: tour the Hoover Dam and electrical
                power plant, travel to Flagstaff

    Day 3- Flagstaff: visit Museum of North Arizona, Walnut
                Canyon, Sunset Crater, and Lowell Observatory

    Day 4- Flagstaff: Visit North Arizona University

    Day 5- Travel to Tuba City: visit the Moenkopi Dinosaur
                Tracks, the Painted Dessert, Navajo & Code  
                Talkers Museum

    Day 6- Travel to Grand Canyon South Rim: participate in
                 activities with the Grand Canyon Association

    Day 7- Grand Canyon South Rim: demonstration of
                Navajo and Hopi Culture

    Day 8- Grand Canyon South Rim: Geology Hike

    Day 9- Depart for Maryland

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

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