Yellowstone Field Study

The University Honors College provides a one-of-a-kind intellectual adventure for 10 students each summer in magnificent Yellowstone National Park and its stunning surroundings.


  • Yellowstone is the world's largest active volcano and its largest geothermal basin. With remnants of glaciation and the grand tectonic mountain building of the Rocky Mountains alongside, it is the world's premier site for geological research and training stations.


  • The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem presents an extraordinary laboratory for ecological studies ranging widely from wolf predation and forest fires to the biology of thermophilic bacteria.


  • Yellowstone is the world's first national park and today encounters profound legal, political, economic, and philosophical challenges to natural resources in American culture and the American West in particular.

Intellectual adventures through these realms of geology, ecology, and culture move apace with excursions to world-class museums and the rodeo in Cody, Wyo., and vigorous daily treks in Yellowstone National Park, the Absaroka and Beartooth Mountains, the valley of the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River, and Sunlight Basin.

Get details for 2018 dates to cost to the precise location. We look forward to hearing from you. 

All interested students should contact:

Edward McCord, PhD, JD
3600 Cathedral of Learning
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260