Earth and Space Science Students, Faculty Complete Annual Maymester Field Trip

Seven students and three faculty from Columbus State University's Earth and Space Science Department have returned from the department's annual Maymester field trip. This year's group explored Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado.

One highlight of the course included the opportunity to safely observe severe thunderstorms in the western Plains, including formation of a small tornado in an evolving supercell thunderstorm in northeastern New Mexico. Students also had the opportunity to meet with CSU alumni who now work in geology and astronomy. CSU professors Dr. Shawn Cruzen, Dr. Clinton Barineau, and Dr. Scott Gunter led the trip.

Since 2011, the Department of Earth and Space Sciences has offered the opportunity, in which students learn about astronomy, geology and meteorology. As part of the field course, students can earn course credit for Area D core or upper level science courses taught through the Department of Earth and Space Sciences. Each year offers new experiences. To date, students in the course have traveled to the Rocky Mountains of New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana; the Appalachian and Adirondack Mountains of Virginia, New York, and the New England states; the Great Lakes and Plains Regions of the central U.S. states; the Colorado Plateau in Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado; and the Pacific Northwest and Cascades Mountains of Washington, Oregon, and northern California.