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GEOS 482 – Geology Field Camp


Interested in enrolling in GEOS 482 Geology Field Camp? Apply here!

Summer 2015 Syllabus (link to pdf)

Course Description: In this course, students will engage in the study of geology in its natural environment – the field. Course activities will involve geologic mapping, sedimentologic and stratigraphic field analysis, data collection, and plotting and analysis of data and mapping on topographic maps and aerial photographs to solve field problems. The course includes field work (8–10 hours per day, 4–5 days per week) interspersed with office and laboratory work in and around Boise over a period of six weeks. The deliverables for this course will be high-quality geologic maps and cross-sections, stratigraphic sections, field notes, geologic histories, and a comprehensive written report.

Course Learning Outcomes: After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • identify igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks in the field.
  • use topographic maps and GPS systems to navigate in physical space.
  • use a compass and field notebook to record geologic data.
  • use field observations to construct a detailed geologic map.
  • use geologic map data to construct a geologic cross-section and interpret 3D relationships between rock units.
  • interpret the geologic history of an unknown area using your observations and data.
  • formulate and test geologic hypotheses in the field.

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