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Apply to Boise State University’s Summer Geology Field Camp in the western U.S.!

Geologic mapping in Hell's Canyon, Idaho/Oregon.

Thank you for your interest in the GEOS 482 Geology Field Course in the western U.S., offered by the Department of Geosciences at Boise State University! For Summer 2016, field projects are anticipated to be conducted in western Idaho, eastern Oregon, southwestern Wyoming, southwestern Montana, and/or northern Nevada over a ~6-week period from 15 May to 30 June. Course projects will consist of field work (~5-10 days per project, ~10 hours per day) interspersed with office/laboratory work in and around Boise for ~3-4 days between projects. Prerequisite courses for GEOS 482 include Geomorphology, Sedimentology/Stratigraphy, and Structural Geology. The course is 6 credits, and the estimated total cost for 2016 is $4,322, which includes all tuition and fees for transportation, lodging/camping, food, gear, etc.

To apply for acceptance to the course, please complete and return the application form available for download here, or by email request to the course instructor, Sam Matson ( Applications can be submitted either:

  • Via email to
    Note that the application form is a pdf form that can be completed electronically, but depending on your software configuration the information you enter may or may not be saved. If you are unable to save your information directly in the pdf form, you may also generate a digital version of your application by 1) printing as an electronic file (usually pdf), or 2) printing as a paper copy and scanning to digital format.
  • Via  regular mail to:
    Sam Matson
    Department of Geosciences
    Boise State University
    1910 University Drive, Mail Stop 1535
    Boise, ID  83725–1535

The deadline for applications is Friday 18 March 2016. Within one week of the deadline, you will be notified whether your application has been accepted, declined, or placed on hold pending either additional information or space availability in the class. After acceptance, you will be provided with instructions on how to complete the next steps in the admissions process: 1) application to Boise State University, and 2) submission of a $500 down payment on your course fee to reserve your place in the class. Space is limited, so early communication and application are strongly encouraged.

For more information on this course, please feel free to explore this page and/or to email Sam Matson (