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Domestic Travel Study Programs

UW-Whitewater’s Office of Continuing Education partners with academic departments to offer travel study programs that explore locations throughout the United States. Students earn academic credit for their participation in trips over Winterim, spring break and summer. Travel study courses are led by committed faculty and offer students affordable hands-on, learning that extends beyond the classroom. Join us on our travels and discover what’s out there!

Upcoming Travel Study Programs:


Ecology & Geology of Yellowstone and the Upper Great Plains, BIO/GLG 250

Travel Dates: August 2-22, 2021 (tentative)
This 4 credit General Laboratory (GL) course open to all. This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in the sites covered. The course is designed to introduce the student to the natural history, geology and ecology of Yellowstone National Park (YNP) and surrounding regions. It will also provide an introduction to the techniques of field biology and geology. In travel to and from YNP we will introduce the student to the geology, ecology and natural history of the upper Great Plains and the Black Hills. Students will explore some of the philosophies of conservation being applied to the regions of study. Students will participate in fieldwork in ecology, geology and natural history. This course has been designed to be accessible to those with physical disabilities.

Natural History of Yellowstone National Park & Upper Great Plains, BIO/GLG 451

Travel Dates: August 2 - 22, 2021 (tentative)
This travel study course to South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming will give students, educators and teachers-in-training an opportunity to learn how to conduct ecological research, gain an appreciation of present-day ecosystems, interpret the events in the earth’s history that shaped the various study sites, and use equipment such as global positioning systems receivers. Participants will return with a wealth of classroom materials including slides and photos, minerals and fossils. (3 undergraduate or graduate credits; Department of Biological Sciences or Department of Geography and Geology).

Civil Rights History: Traveling Freedom's Main Line - Spring Break

Dates: Spring Break 2022 (tentative)
This inspirational week-long bus tour will take students to sites that played a significant role in the civil rights movement of the 1950s-1960s. Students will travel to Memphis, the Mississippi Delta, Selma, Montgomery, Birmingham, and Chicago, plus a separate day trip to Milwaukee. This is an opportunity to learn about a transformative chapter in American history as students visit the places where history was made. The trip will highlight both the movement as it happened and as it is remembered in public spaces ranging from major civil rights museums to nondescript bridges. There will be opportunities to meet people involved in civil rights struggles past and present. This will truly give students a wealth of knowledge on the civil rights movement and its legacies.

Natural History of Yellowstone National Park - Winter

No future trips scheduled. 
This travel study course to Montana and Wyoming will allow students exposure to the conservation and natural history of Yellowstone National Park. Students will study the diverse biomes/life zones and ecology of the region, the geology of the region's geothermal features, and the natural and political issues that affect the Park. Also, included is a winter ecology workshop conducted by Dr. Jim Halfpenny at the Track Education Center in Gardiner, Montana. (2 undergraduate or graduate credits; Department of Biological Sciences).


For more information about these programs or to request an application, please call 262-472-1003 or 800-621-5376 and ask for Kari Borne in the Continuing Education Office. You may also submit your request by email to

For information on international programs, including the Comparative Education Overseas programs to Australia and New Zealand, contact the Center for Global Education.

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