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 *JUNE 28 - JULY 24, 2017 *

2017 Field Camp is currently full -

but will continue to accept applications for spaces that may open up



Wichita State University offers Geology Field Camp through GEOL 640 (Field Geology), a four week field-intensive experience in the Bighorn Basin of Wyoming and Montana. We welcome applications from both WSU students and guests from other universities across the country. 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 by various methods, and evaluate data used to make maps.

The prerequisites for this course are Mineralogy, Petrology, Structural Geology, Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, and a field methods course. Please see links below for more information about our program and application steps.

If you are ready to begin applying to the program, please complete ONLINE APPLICATION FORM by February 1. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact me.

Dr. Will Parcell

This program 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.

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

Please read through the following information about WSU Field Camp.

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If you are ready to begin applying to the program, please complete ONLINE APPLICATION FORM by February 1.

You will be notified if you have been accepted to the program by the middle of February. You must submit the required forms and payments by the following due dates. All payments are non-refundable. We must make early reservations and guarantee numbers (and therefore payment) to facilities used by the Field School.

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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California State Univ., East Bay

Franklin and Marshall

Kansas State Univ.

Missouri State Univ.

Virginia Tech

Wichita State Univ.

2015 JPEG Image Participating schools:

Kansas State Univ.

San Angelo State Univ.

St. Louis Univ.

Wichita State Univ.

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Boston College

Kansas State Univ.

Virginia Tech

Wichita State Univ.

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Participating schools:

Wichita State Univ.

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

  • Richard Stoneburner Field Camp Fund
  • Thornton Anderson 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


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