University of Vermont

Office of Undergraduate Research

Field Schools

Anthropology Field Courses

ANTH 200 - Field Work in Archaeology

Methods and techniques of archaeological investigation in field situations and the laboratory analysis of data. Pre/co-requisites: ANTH 024, one 100-level course in anthropology of history, instructor's permission Credits: 6

ANTH 290 - Methods of Ethnographic Field Work

Examination of theoretical and ethical premises of field work methodology with practical experience in participant observation, interviewing, the genealogical method, and the recording of data. Prerequisite: Twelve hours of anthropology. Alternate years. Credits: 3

Biology Field Courses

PBIO 223 - Fundamentals of Field Science

Pattern and process in natural systems. Weekly discussion of unifying questions in science. Field labs teach sampling and analysis of vegetation, soils, and animals. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or several university courses in earth sciences, life sciences, and chemistry. Credits: 3

PBIO 232 - Botany Field Trip

Trips to selected environments outside Vermont, led by faculty members representing different fields of botany. Overall, integrated approach to ecology, structure, and function. Credits: 1

WFB 131 - Field Ornithology

Identification and field studies of birds, emphasizing resident species. Two weeks in summer. Prerequisite: 130; preference to WFB majors. Credits: 2

WFB 141 - Field Herpetology

Identification, life histories, preferred habitats, conservation concerns, and appropriate means of capture and field study for all reptiles and amphibians of Vermont. Pre/co-requisites: Biology 1, 2 or equivalent, Natural Resources 103. Credits: 3

WFB 176 - Florida Ecology Field Trip

Major ecosystems and associated wildlife, ranging from north Florida flatwoods to south Florida Everglades. Field trip over spring recess. Prerequisites: 130, 174; permission. Alternate years. Credits: 2

WFB 177 - Texas Wildlife Field Trip

Major ecosystems and associated wildlife of south Texas, including Gulf coast, coastal prairies, lower Rio Grande Valley, and Chihuahuan desert. Field trip over spring recess. Prerequisites: 130, permission. Alternate years. Credits: 2

Geography Field Courses

GEOG 090 - International Field Studies

Field course abroad (e.g. South Africa or England). Intensive study of the geography of a country or region, with attention to related Credits: 3

GEOG 092 - Vermont Field Studies

(Same as Vermont Studies 92.) Field course on a geographical theme (e.g. physical or regional geography) in the Burlington area or surrounding region. Credits: 3

GEOG 190 - International Field Studies

Field course abroad (e.g. South Africa or England.) Intensive study of the geography of a country or region, with attention to related issues. Prerequisite: Three hours in geography. Credits: 3

GEOG 192 - Vermont Field Studies

(same as Vermont Studies 192.) Field course on a geographical theme (e.g. physical or regional geography) in the Burlington area or surrounding region. Prerequisite: Three hours in geography.Credits: 3

Geology Field Courses

GEOL 101 - Field Geology

Geological evolution of western Vermont as seen through actual field mapping in the Burlington area. Specifically designed for sophomores majoring or minoring in geology or related sciences. Prerequisite: 1, 55 or instructor permission. Credits: 4.

GEOL 201 - Advanced Field Geology

Advanced field mapping techniques, analysis of field data, preparation of geological maps and reports. Prerequisite: 260. Credits: 3

GEOL 217 - Vermont Field Geology

Field observations of rocks and surficial materials across northern Vermont are utilized to decipher the region's geologic history. Reading complement field work. Pre/co-requisites: Graduate student standing. Credits: 4.

Geology Field Camps

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 a measured section, interpreting geologic structures and geologic mapping. http://geology.com/field-camp.shtml.

GeoCorps America:

Through the GeoCorps America Program, GSA places all levels of geoscientists, college students, professionals, and retirees in temporary summer positions with the National Parks Service, BLM, and the USDA Forest Service. Land managers send position descriptions to GSA, GSA posts the positions and recruits applicants through the GSA web site, the site supervisor screens applicants for those who qualify, interview top candidates by phone, and make the final selection. Participants receive a living stipend and on-site housing (or housing allowance) during their geoscience project assignment.

Additional Geology Opportunities

Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources


Global Connections

The Rubenstein School consistently looks beyond the campus to the state of Vermont, the nation, and the world. The School has long encouraged intensive field courses and study abroad for students and provides many opportunities for students to learn outside the campus and thoughout Vermont, the United States, and internationally. Faculty lead courses, consult, and conduct research in locations around the globe. To address global climate change, members of the School community have vowed to reduce our collective carbon footprint in a Global Climate Change Initiative.

Learning Outside of the Classroom

Environmental Studies Course

ENVS 191 - Environmental Practicum

Individual readings and research, internship, or field-based learning experience under direction of a faculty member or environmental practitioner. Credit arranged. Prerequisite: Permission of course coordinator. Credits: .5 to 9

ENVS 291 - Advanced Environmental Practicum

Individual readings and research, internship, or field-based learning experience at the advanced level, under direction of faculty member or environmental practitioner. Prerequisite: 1, 2; senior or graduate standing. Credits: 1 to 12

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