Wilderness Field Semesters and Global Field Studies at Sterling College

Learn more about our Global Field Studies programs:

Title Course ID Credits Start Term Faculty
Special Topics in Integrated Studies: Labrador Field Study INT380 6 - Anne Morse and Laura Beebe
Natural History of Great Britain (Global Field Study) (ST) NS270A 3 Occasional Laura Spence
Research in Tropical Ecosystems: Belize (Global Field Study) NS/SS363 4 Occasional Farley Brown, Charlotte Rosendahl
Research in Tropical Ecosystems: San Salvador, Bahamas (Global Field Study) NS/SS364 4 Occasional Farley Brown, Charlotte Rosendahl
Agricultural Adaptations Climate Change in Chiapas, Mexico INT372 4 Occasional Charlotte Rosendahl
Marine Natural History of the North Atlantic NS372 3 Intensive David Gilligan
Cape Breton: Folk and Fiddle (Global Field Study) INT271 4 Intensive Carol Dickson, Laura Beebe
Sustainable Scandinavian Systems (Global Field Study) INT263 5 Occasional Charlotte Rosendahl
Alpine Environments (Global Field Study) NS342 3 July 1- August 2 David Gilligan
Mountain Expedition Skills Practicum AS334 3-5 Intensive Laura Beebe
Field Study: The Hudson River Watershed INT381 4 Intensive Farley Brown, Charlotte Rosendahl
Ancestral Lifeways of the Southwest (Field Semester) INT380 4 Long Block David Gilligan
Natural History of the Southwest (Field Semester) NS204 4-5 Long Block David Gilligan
Desert Expedition and Field Camp Skills (Field Semester) AS333 4 Long Block David Gilligan
  • “I cannot stress enough how much of a formative experience the California Field Semester was for me. A gift of self discovery, my time within the program nurtured me to grow physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. In the backcountry, I learned resilience. There are always unanticipated challenges, and I have the opportunity to challenge myself constantly if I so choose.”

  • “I wouldn’t have gone to college if it weren’t for Sterling. I thought college was a sham. But here you can do your own thing and take as much initiative as you want. If you put your time in and give it a whirl, you can have an amazing experience. The people who do are top in their field where they work.”

    Dan Pittenger ’10

    B.A. Conservation Biology. Pittenger went on to earna master’s degree in Hydrology and Water Resources Science from Central Washington University. He works as a wetland ecologist in Fairbanks, Alaska.

  • Sterling College reinforced my love of hard labor and taught me to see the world with an ecologist’s eye and a naturalist’s heart.”

    color photo of man casting a fishing pole on a beautiful summer day

    Ben Matthews ’09

    B.A. Ecology. Matthew is a fish biologist for Trout Unlimited, a cold-water fisheries conservation organization.

  • “In order to be stewards of the land, we need to understand our historical and current relationships to the natural world and each other. Sterling College courses and our community provide us with opportunities to explore these relationships, uncover the complexities of our natural world and society, and discuss the many environmental issues that we face today.”

    Farley Brown

    Farley Brown '85

    Faculty in Ecology

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Into the High Country

On the last day of August eight students and two instructors converged at the baggage claim area in the Reno-Tahoe airport.  We were about to begin the trip of a…

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Melding the Majors: Global Field Studies in Labrador

From below a crumpled brim of a dripping rain hat, I watched my soggy boots find their hold among the wavering arctic grasses. The foggy wind barreled so furiously up…

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Why Wilderness? 5 Reasons to Enroll in Global Field Studies

  What is it about wilderness field studies that facilitates a transformative experience?  Why do students repeatedly return from such experiences rejuvenated and restored?  How do wilderness field programs take…

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