US: Geology Field School
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This is a required capstone course for geology majors that allows students to apply the breath of geologic knowledge that they have acquired from other core curriculum geology courses (physical geology, historical geology, mineralogy, petrology, petrography, sedimentology-stratigraphy, structural geology, etc.) It is an immersive 6 credit hour course divided into 2 parts. Each part includes lecture, lab, and field exercises that build on and extend a student’s existing knowledge of basic geological principles. Part I will introduce students to the fundamental field skills needed to collect data in preparation for constructing geologic maps and cross sections and the lab techniques used to analyze field data and create geologic maps and cross sections. Students will learn and practice these skills in both the classroom and in the field in Ohio and West Virginia. Part II will involve a student practicing and developing skills they have acquired by applying them to field areas in Montana and Wyoming.
Highlights and excursions
Students will be exposed to a wide variety of geologic and tectonic settings in both eastern and western North America. Classroom instruction and field mapping will be augmented with field-based instruction and field trips to several classical geological settings such as the White River Badlands, Devils Tower, and Yellowstone National Park.
Good to know
In addition to time in the classroom, students will spend a great deal of time outdoors, hiking, camping, mapping, and collecting data in a wide variety of terrains under a wide variety of environmental conditions. Students should be capable of hiking several miles each day at a wide variety of elevations even during some inclement weather. More information about course conditions will be provided by the Field School Director upon registration.
The first part of this program, from June 24-July 11, will be based in Athens, OH. Students will be expected to make their own living arrangements (room and board) during this period and the two days prior to departure for the second part (July 14th). For the 2nd half of this program (July 14-August 4), students will be camping at developed campsites while on the outbound and return trips and will be staying in dormitory cabins while based in Red Lodge, Montana. For the 2nd part of the program, accommodations and meals will be arranged by the Field School Director, although there will be several opportunities for students to purchase meals on their own during their days off.
During the first part of the program (June 24-July 11), students will be required to arrange their own transportation to and from class each day; however transportation during business hours will be arranged by the Field School Director.
During the 2nd half of the program (July 14-August 4) vehicle transportation will be arranged by the Field School Director. Students will not be allowed to drive their own vehicles, but may be asked to serve as drivers for either or both parts of this program.
Part I: June 24 - July 11, 2020
Part II: July 14 - August 4, 2020
Students will earn a total of 6 credit hours.
- GEOL 4960 – Field Geology , 6 credit hours
The program fee for this program includes: field transportation, accommodations while traveling, most meals while traveling, insurance, instructional materials, and some field supplies.
In addition to the program fee, students should plan for 6 credit hours of tuition*, administrative fee, and out-of-pocket costs. Below is the student budget worksheet for this program, which outlines these costs.
Items that are not related to the program (ie. additional entertainment, souvenirs, extra travel, contingency funds) are not included in the cost estimates provided and should be budgeted for separately.
More information on financial aid and scholarships can be found on our funding pages.
Eligibility and Requirements
Students who have successfully completed GEOL 3600 – Structural Geology are eligible to apply for this program.
Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad. Click here to read the entire conduct policy.
This program is not open to Non-Ohio Students.
Participants must have a at least a high school diploma or the equivalent (e.g. GED) by the start date of the program to be considered for eligibility. Students enrolled in College Credit Plus (CC+) are not eligible for study away programs.