Western Kentucky University

Study Away

No passport required

Total Immersion

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Watch for announcements about Winter 2015.


Jump right into this hands on floodplain experience!

The Total Immersion Study Away program allows participants to see multiple sites around the Southwest and gain firsthand knowledge of their importance. Traveling to these eclectic areas demonstrates the wide variety of issues professionals face in the field.


Learning Objectives

  • Explain the functions of a watershed
  • Explain the history and significance of Hoover Dam to the economic growth of the southwestern U.S.
  • Describe various methods of financing flood control and explain the advantages and disadvantages of each
  • Explain the concept of multi-objective floodplain management and cite several examples
  • Explain the functions of a flood control district
  • Explain the special hazards associated with alluvial fans, closed basin lakes, and beach erosion
  • Cite types and the importance of flood outreach as practiced by flood control districts



  • Current WKU student eligible to register for winter term course (credit options only)
  • Must be 18 years of age or older at time of departure
  • Ability to complete course requirements
  • Good Academic Standing (credit options only)
  • Approval of Judicial Affairs (credit options only)
  • Junior standing or permission of instructor (credit options only)
  • Complete Study Away application process


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Logistical Considerations

  • WEATHER WARNING – This program will be traveling in desert, the mountains, and coastal areas in January. In the desert, temperatures in January can reach the 90s, and in some areas the temperature can drop below freezing. Be prepared for this range of temperatures. Also, rain is possible, but will not stop the class. Bring rain gear.
  • Some class excursions will involve hiking, sometimes in rough terrain. Participants should be in good physical condition and prepared to hike.
  • Program will be traveling in areas where wildlife that can be dangerous. These include poisonous snakes, large animals such as desert rams, and large predators.
  • Participants should be alert on field trips, and stay with the group.


Program Package

Included in Base Package

  • Undergraduate tuition for 3 credit hours ($1,090 value)
  • Seven nights of accommodations
  • Most breakfasts, and some additional meals
  • Course-related ground transportation
  • Flight from Nashville to Las Vegas
  • Flight from San Diego to Nashville
  • Entrance Fees to group excursion locations

Excluded from Base Package

  • Items not explicitly list in package
  • Transportation between your departure airport and your home
  • Independent travel (non-program travel)
  • Meals, services, and beverages not listed
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, phone service, and Internet access
  • Tips for guides and drivers not included in program-related activity
  • Travel cancellation/interruption insurance.  (highly recommended)
  • Baggage fees and costs associated with flight / program changes

Study Abroad courses are not eligible for employee tuition waivers or discounts. Final program fee subject to change due to travel arrangements.


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Planned Itinerary

January 4

Fly from Nashville to Las Vegas

January 5

Hoover Dam – Boulder City

January 6

Las Vegas Wash – Drive to Beatty, NV

January 7

Death Valley, Sleep in Lone Pine

January 8

Los Angeles Aqueduct, Jawbone Canyon, Drive to Victorville

January 9

Blackhawk Slide, Drive to Encinitas

January 10

Cliff Erosion

January 11 Drive to San Diego and return to Nashville

The schedule is subject to change due to educational opportunities that may arise unexpectedly, the vagaries of weather, and other factors beyond the control of the course instructors and staff.


Contact Us about Application


  • CE 475
  • GEOG 475
  • GEOL 475

Faculty Leader


  • Las Vegas,Nevada
  • Beatty, Nevada
  • Lone Pine, California
  • Victorville, California
  • Encinitas, California


  • Winter 2014


  • $1,699 - $1,899 (estimate)



  • Syllabus (tentative)


link to program details



Western Kentucky University and its associates are not responsible for any loss due to theft, personal injury, flight or weather delays, negligence, or default of suppliers, or suppliers changing of itineraries. They and their associates are not responsible for any loss due to travel/flight delays or changes in travel plans due to Acts of Nature or other unforeseen circumstances, nor are we responsible for accidents and medical care. Tour services are furnished by independent contractors who are not agents or servants of Western Kentucky University. Refunds are not available for unused portions of the package.


 Last Modified 2/2/14