The requirement for advanced field geology is designed to be part of a capstone experience for the B.S. degree.

Successful completion indicates that you have demonstrated that you possess the following skills:


  • An ability to articulate a hypothesis testable through the application of appropriate field methods
  • An ability to collect and interpret data with minimal input from the faculty supervisor

Evidence of problem-solving in the field

  • An ability to establish the geological context for data collected while in the field

Observational skills 

  • An ability to make detailed multidimensional observations of geological phenomenon.
  • An ability to integrate these observations using a mix of spatial and temporal data from multiple locations
  • An ability to keep a field notebook that can be used by others

Duration of field work

The equivalent of 42-50 hours of working in the field are required for this course.  Please note that this does not include travel time to and from the field site nor the preparation of reports. 


The following products must be turned in at the end of field work.

  • You must turn in a field map and/or a profile showing spatial relationships of data collected from each of your field stations
  • A field notebook containing your station locations, observations and measurements
  • A written report summarizing your findings

** Note on field camps: If you choose to enroll in an off-campus field course you will need to demonstrate that the field camp’s curriculum fulfills the requirements listed above. The field camp MUST be pre-approved by the department. Please consult with your academic advisor or Char Mehrtens.