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.
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.
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.
|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|
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:
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: