Underwritten in part by the Woolsey Family Fund for Geology Field Camp

 

Field camp builds competence and self-confidence in working outdoors, working independently, working in groups, drawing inferences and conclusions from evidence, and trusting your own judgment and reasoning. This capstone course is an outdoor laboratory to test geologic concepts, interpret the rock and fossil record, visualize three dimensional geologic relationships, make and interpret geologic maps, and evaluate data used to make maps.

The following geologic concepts are stressed:
• describing and analyzing sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks
• orienteering with map and compass
• drawing maps and cross-sections
• map interpretation
• topographic mapping techniques
• geologic mapping techniques
• description, interpretation, and correlation of stratigraphic sections
• geomorphic evolution of landforms, and spatial and three-dimensional thinking

The objectives of field camp are to:
• develop descriptive, analytical and interpretive skills in examining and mapping rocks;
• become proficient in spatial, three-dimensional thinking and conceptualizing; and
• become competent, self-reliant, and able to routinely function outdoors in unfamiliar terrain

The prerequisites for this course are Mineralogy, Petrology, Structural Geology, Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, and a field methods course.

Applied Skills and Assessments

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Application Timeline

     
ITEM HOW TO SUBMIT DUE DATE
Student Information Online form  February 1
Medical Questionnaire Online form  February 1
Dietary Information Online form  February 1
Letter of Recommendation (guest students) Mail/Email to Camp Director  February 1
CAMP FEE PAYMENT 1 (50%) myWSU myFinances  March 1
Participation Agreement Form Mail to Camp Director  March 1
Emergency Medical Care Form Mail to Camp Director  March 1
Enroll in GEOL 640 and Pay Tuition myWSU Registration and myFinances  early April
CAMP FEE PAYMENT 2 (remaining 50%) myWSU myFinances  May 1
Medical Note Mail to Camp Director May 1 

Previous Camps

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2019

Participating Schools:

California State University, Bakersfield

Drexel University (PA)

Grand Valley State University (MI)

Kansas State University

Middle Tennessee State University

Northwest Missouri State University

State University of New York (SUNY), Oswego

University of Texas at Arlington

Wichita State University

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2018

Participating Schools:

Drexel University (PA)

Grand Valley State University (MI)

New Mexico State University

Texas A&M University (TX)

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Wichita State University

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2017

Participating schools:

Angelo State University (TX)

Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Franklin and Marshall College (PA)

Kansas State University

Midwestern State University (TX)

Texas A&M University (TX)

Whitman College (WA)

Wichita State University

Youngstown State University (OH)

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

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2016

Participating schools:

California State Univ., East Bay

Franklin and Marshall College (PA)

Kansas State University

Missouri State University

Virginia Tech

Wichita State University

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2015

Participating schools:

Kansas State University

San Angelo State University (TX)

St. Louis University (MO)

Wichita State University

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2014

Participating schools:

Boston College (MA)

Kansas State University

Virginia Tech

Wichita State University

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2013

Participating schools:

Wichita State Univ.

 

We would like to thank donations from alumni and friends that have helped offset costs associated with running the program. These savings are directly passed on to our students through reduction of fees. We would particularly like to thank:

  • Woolsey Family Fund for Geology Field Camp
  • Thornton Anderson Field Camp Fund
  • Richard Stoneburner Field Camp Fund

Our ability to study the varied geology of the Bighorn Basin and greater Yellowstone area would not be possible without the permission of landowners and federal agencies. Thanks are extended to:

  • Northwest College, Main Campus
  • A.L. Mickelson Field Station, Northwest College
  • Bureau of Land Management, USDOI
  • Shoshone National Forest, US Forest Service
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Grand Teton National Park