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The Wrigley Field Program consists of three courses and an independent research project (15 total units). The courses are taught through a series of ~10 day modules by Stanford professors who come to Hawaii and live and work with the students. 

EARTHSCI 117/EARTHSYS 117: Earth Sciences of the Hawaiian Islands (4 units)

Through the study of volcanoes, erosion, and soil formation, students will be introduced to the Earth process at work in Hawaii. Focus will be placed on the processes that formed the Hawaiian landscape and the factors and processes that form Hawaii's life force. Specifically, we will compare the landscapes and soils of a young and active island (Hawaii) with an old, eroding Island (Kauai), and examine how these features influence the local ecosystems.

BIO 116/EARTHSYS 116: Ecology of the Hawaiian Islands (4 units)

In this course terrestrial and marine ecosystems will be explored and investigated. On land, focus will be placed on the origin, evolution, and ecology of flora and fauna, and the reasons for the concentration of threatened and endangered species in Hawaii. In the water, emphasis will be placed on the ecological processes that maintain biodiversity, community organization, and the impacts on marine ecology due to rising sea surface temperatures.

ANTHRO 118/EARTHSYS 118: Heritage, Environment and Sovereignty in Hawaii (4 units) 

How does culture, both pre- and post-contact, interact with nature? How were Hawaiian resource demands met on a small island? Are these approaches sustainable? These questions and others will be addressed in a course focusing on Hawaiian anthropology and sustainable agriculture.

INDEPENDENT RESEARCH (3 Units) 

The research project is an integral part of the Hawaii Program. Working with faculty, students will engage in a research project to address an area of interest (Life, Earth, or Human Sciences). During the first four weeks of the program students will propose an answerable question and outline project methodology. Field research will be collected during specific times during the program and the project will culminate in a final written report due at the end of the program.