/ Geological and Environmental Science Department

Special Programs and Opportunities

There are lots of ways to look outside the classroom to enrich your learning at Hope College.

Off Campus Study

Hope students have pursued environmental science or geology in domestic off-campus programs such as the Oregon Extension as well as abroad in countries such as Iceland, Thailand, Bolivia, Australia and New Zealand. Talk to your academic advisor and stop by the Fried Center for Global Engagement to plan your off-campus study experience.

Michigan Field Geology

Michigan Field Geology (GES 125) is an introductory geology course taught outdoors in the field on a 10-day field trip to Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The class will drive to the UP for camping and field study experience, then return for a once-a-week class during the first part of the semester.

More information about Michigan Field Geology 

GES Department May Term

Island Life: Geology, Biology, and Sustainability on Eleuthera Island, The Bahamas — snorkel, hike and spelunk to see the biology and geology on, under, and around a small Caribbean island.

Additional information about The Bahamas May Term 

Featured programs

  • CELL Iceland program – A semester focused on sustainability
  • The Oregon Extension – A living and learning community with a sustainability component in the secluded mountains of southern Oregon
  • Oak Ridge Science Semester – Work directly with top scientists in a state-of-the-art national research laboratory on geological or environmental problems


If you are interested in an internship in geology or environmental science, contact the internship coordinator at the Career Development Center to begin your search.

Geology Club

The Geology Club is entirely student run. Meet with your peers to plan activities and outings.

Campus Sustainability Committee

Students sit as voting members alongside faculty and administrators on the Campus Sustainability Committee, or Green Team, that meets regularly to promote sustainability at Hope. Help plan events, review campus policies and shape the environmental initiatives the college undertakes.