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  • Locations: Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Wheaton applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
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Minimum GPA: 2.0 Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Physics
Program Description:
Geology of Iceland
ESCI 398

The Geology of Iceland program will introduce students to one of the most geologically spectacular landscapes in the world. Iceland is tectonically unique in being both a mid-ocean spreading center and a mantle hotspot, and the vast barren landscape gives an unparalleled view into active volcanism, tectonics, fluvial processes, and glaciation. This is a project-based excursion, in which students will spend time in the preceding semester developing proposals for observations and measurements to be carried out in one of the three field locations. Once in the field, each student takes a turn being responsible to lead the other students in accomplishing the work required to carry out their project. Results will be shared with the Wheaton community in a scientific poster session the following fall.

Faculty Directors: Geoffrey Collins (Physics, Astronomy) and Matthew Evans (Chemistry, Environmental Science)

Program Dates: May 22 - June 4, 2023

Estimated Program Cost: $3945 (plus flights, booked separately by students)

Prerequisite: PHYS 160: Geology OR a 300-level related physics or chemistry course

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Sample Itinerary:
Iceland 2023 itinerary

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2023 12/05/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.