Overview of UGA IFP
The UGA Interdisciplinary Field Program (IFP) is an eight-week course in introductory Geology, Anthropology, and Ecology that travels throughout the Western U.S. during summer semester. It uniquely integrates basic concepts from each discipline and applies them to North American landscapes through hands-on learning in a mobile, outdoor classroom. The IFP is a rewarding and challenging program co-sponsored by the UGA Geology Department and Honors Program. Students learn to balance life and learning in the field, while developing important technical skills useful to career and professional development (e.g., maintaining a field notebook of academic observations, producing written reports, and creating maps).
The goals of the program are to
- provide students a science-based, interdisciplinary understanding of the natural processes that formed and continue to shape our environment,
- understand how humans and other organisms are dependent upon, interact with, and alter the Earth’s landscape, and
- predict how variation in environmental changes and adaptations will reshape life on Earth.
The IFP fosters critical thinking skills by presenting multiple working hypotheses in discussions of past and current scientific questions and environmental issues.