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  • Locations: Akureyri, Iceland; Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Program Terms: Spring
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  • Restrictions: CCSA applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
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Iceland - Geochemistry & Environmental Issues in Iceland
Applications are not be accepted at this time.


Leslie Hiatt, Ph.D.
Department: Chemistry

Kallina Dunkle, Ph.D
Department: Geosciences



This program will provide a hands on learning experience involving geochemistry, agricultural practices, and environmental issues in Iceland. The course will stress the importance of interdisciplinary work in STEM disciplines and the inherent struggle of balancing human needs and environmental impacts. Specific topics will include: geothermal environments and energy, glacial geology, climate change, aqueous geochemistry, aquaculture, bauxite manufacturing, geothermal baking, and sustainability.

Prior to the field portion of the course, virtual or in-person meetings and course assignments will provide an introduction to the program with an overview of basic chemistry and geoscience concepts. These assignments will provide the background for more in-depth discussions during the field study. It will also establish course expectations and will cover field health and safety.  Throughout the course there will be a strong emphasis on experiential learning including guided tours, field activities, and hikes with student-led discussions at points of interest.  The students will give oral presentations throughout the trip and will conduct research and reflection papers. They will also keep a detailed field notebook that will help remind them of their observations during the trip. After the trip, students will complete reflection essays and research papers on their assigned topics as related to their disciplines.


  • CHEM 4840: Geochemistry and Environmental Issues in Iceland. 
  • APSU will count course an upper division courses for Geosciences or Agriculture (GEOL 4550, AGRI 2900, or AGRI 3900).   


  • Current APSU student eligible to enroll in APSU study abroad courses.  Student from outside APSU may join the program as APSU transient students.  More information here:,
  • Good academic standing as defined by APSU,
  • A minimum of 18 years of age at time of departure,
  • No current disciplinary sanctions as verified by the APSU Office of Student Conduct (or equivalent).  Students who become ineligible to attend the program after applying due to disciplinary sanctions will be subject to standard program cost penalty rates. Students are responsible for notifying the CCSA when they become aware of this ineligibility. For eligibility questions pertaining to disciplinary sanctions, students should contact the home campus Office of Student Conduct.
  • Students must complete home campus study abroad application prior to being registered in this course,
  • Student must possess passport book valid for a least six (6) months after return date, 
  • Full payment prior to departure, and
  • Permission of instructor(s) is required. 
Program limited to the first 12 applicants.  After that you will be place on a waitlist until first payments received.
To assure all is in order, please complete the first part of your CCSA (short-form) application by Noon on December 1, 2020

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This program is currently not accepting applications.