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Geology Field Camps - A Comprehensive Listing



What is Field Camp?



Field camp is a tradition in the education of a geologist. It is an intensive course that applies classroom and laboratory training to solving geological problems in the field. Skills developed during field camp typically include: collection of geologic data, constructing measured sections, interpreting geologic structures and geologic mapping.


Geology Field Course Readings



Students preparing for field camp should read the following essays...
Scholarships that can be applied towards field camp expenses have been offered by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers and the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists. In addition, many of the schools listed below have financial assistance that applies to their own students.

Faculty might be interested in nominating their best field camp students to the USGS / NAGT Field Training Program or reading a Journal of Geoscience Education article by Carl Drummond titled "Can Field Camp Survive?".

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A geologic map is the basic tool of a field geologist. It is a map that shows the types of rocks present at the surface throughout the mapped area and the approximate location of rock unit contacts. Geologic structures such as fault traces and fold axes are shown with special symbols.

Most geology field courses teach students to read geologic maps and use them in the field to solve geologic problems. Some courses also provide instruction in the field and office work needed to prepare a geologic map.

Bear Encounters and Bear Attacks During field camp you may be asked to enter into bear country. Knowing how to avoid an encounter, what to do during an encounter and how to react to a bear attack could save your life.

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Geology Field Camp Directory


The purpose of this page is to help students find a geology field course. Students who use this list should know the field course requirements of their academic program. Before enrolling in any course the student should consult with an academic advisor to determine if the course is suitable and will transfer the academic credits needed for their program of study.

Faculty members who want this free announcement for their course should keep their website information up-to-date and on a permanent URL. We visit each link in this list at least once each year to determine if the course is still offered with a bedrock mapping and field methods emphasis. Faculty members are encouraged to contact us with new courses and changes.

School

Field Location

Adams State University Colorado, New Mexico
Albion College Wyoming, Montana
Ball State University South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Colorado
Black Hills Natural Sciences Field Station Wyoming and Turkey
Boise State University Italy
Bowling Green State University New Mexico and Colorado
Central Washington University Oregon and Idaho
Clemson University Kentucky, Tennessee, South Carolina
Colorado School of Mines Pagosa Springs, Colorado
Concord University New Mexico, Colorado, Utah
Cornell University Argentina
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East Carolina University New Mexico and Colorado
Elizabeth City State University New Mexico and Colorado
Eastern Washington University Montana
Fort Hays State University Colorado and Utah
Georgia State University Montana
Idaho State University Idaho and Wyoming
Illinois State University South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming
Indiana University Montana
Iowa State University / University of Nebraska Lincoln Wyoming
James Madison University Ireland
Kent State University South Dakota and Wyoming
Lehigh University Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho
Louisiana State University Two different courses: New Mexico / Colorado, Wyoming, Arizona, Utah
Massey University New Zealand --- December to February
Miami University-Ohio Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Alberta
Michigan Technological University East Africa / South Africa
Montana State University SW Montana
New Mexico Tech New Mexico, Colorado
North Carolina State University New Mexico
Northern Illinois University Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota
Oklahoma State University Colorado
Oregon State University Owens Valley in Eastern California or Wheeler County, central Oregon
Pennsylvania State University Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana
Salem State College Montana
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Death Valley, California -- December/January
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Multiple courses - Turkey / South Dakota, Wyoming / India
Southern Utah University Two different couses: Utah, Nevada
Stephen F. Austin State University Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah
Sul Ross State University Texas
SUNY Buffalo Colorado, Utah, Wyoming
SUNY Cortland Three courses: New York (offered in even numbered years)
University of Akron South Dakota, Wyoming
University of Alaska-Fairbanks Alaska
University of Arizona Wyoming, Utah, Nevada
University of Arkansas Montana
University of Arkansas Little Rock Colorado and New Mexico
University of Canterbury / Frontiers Abroad New Zealand --- January to June
University of Florida New Mexico
University of Houston Montana
University of Kentucky Colorado
University of Louisiana-Lafayette Texas, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wyoming
University of Memphis South Dakota / Montana / Wyoming
University of Michigan Wyoming
University of Minnesota Three different courses: Montana / Colorado / Minnesota
University of Minnesota-Duluth Minnesota - Precambrian Shield
University of Missouri-Columbia Wyoming
University of Nevada-Las Vegas Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Texas, California
University of Nevada-Reno Utah, Nevada, California
University of New Mexico New Mexico, Colorado
University of North Carolina New Mexico, Colorado
University of North Dakota Three different courses - Turkey / South Dakota, Wyoming / India
University of Oklahoma Colorado, Louisiana Delta
University of Oregon Montana and Oregon
University of Texas-Arlington New Mexico
University of Texas-Austin Texas, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
University of Texas-Dallas New Mexico
University of Washington Montana
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Two different courses: Texas, New Mexico / Montana
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Utah
West Virginia University South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana
Western Illinois University South Dakota, Wyoming
Western Michigan University Michigan
Wright State University Multiple Field Courses

Other Geoscience Field Experiences


The courses below are field experiences with significant geoscience elements. Although they are not bedrock mapping or geological field methods courses some universities have allowed them to be counted as an alternative to geology field camp. Each of these courses is associated with a university that awards academic credit to students who complete them. Consult with your academic advisor to see if these courses will satisfy the program requirments and academic credit transfer rules at your institution before you enroll.
Antarctic University Expedition Antarctica Field Experience
Burren Geology School Western Ireland Field Experience
East Carolina University Summester at the Coast, Outer Banks, NC
Michigan Technological University Geology of Utah's National Parks
SIT Study Abroad Nepal Himalaya
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