Course Information

Summer 2017 Dates

May 28, 2017 through July 8, 2017

How to Apply

The four forms required for application are listed below. Although some forms can be partially completed on a computer, they all must be printed, ink-signed, and mailed to the address below. All forms must be completed for your application.

Be sure to read the instructions below about completing the Visiting Student Application form.

Send all four forms, deposit check, and visiting student application fee check to:
Dr. Miriam Barquero-Molina
University of Missouri
101 Geological Sciences
Columbia, MO 65211

Important Information Regarding our Application Procedures

  1. You only need to complete Part I of the Visiting Student Form. Ignore all references to Part II.
  2. Do not return the Visiting Student Form or the $25 application fee to the Admissions Office address noted on the form. Please return all forms and checks to the Department of Geological Sciences (address above). The visiting student application fee of $25 is non-refundable.
  3. To complete your application you will also need a second check to serve as a fee deposit for $300 to the Department address noted above. Your deposit check will be applied towards your balance for the cost of the course.
  4. Make all checks out to the University of Missouri
  5. Our camp fills up really quickly (as quick as October of the fall semester prior to camp). Please contact us about availability prior to mailing any application documents

Camp Location

The Landsat image (the one in color) we have in there is fine … it would be even cooler if we could provide a link to Google Maps/Google Satellite imagery for the location of camp …

The Branson Field Laboratory is about 10 miles southwest of Lander, Wyoming in Sinks Canyon of the Wind River Mountains. The camp is in the Shoshone National Forest about a half mile from the trailhead into the Popo Agie Wilderness Area.

Tuition and Fees for summer 2017


Cost (USD)

Tuition *


College of Arts and Science Fee


Computing Fee


Room and Board


Field Transportation **




Transportation to camp fee *** (Optional)




(*) Tuition rate is the same for Missouri residents and non-residents, MU students and visiting students. It may vary slightly from this amount.

(**) Field transportation fees apply to all students attending camp, and relates to the usage of University vehicles for daily transportation to field sites and field trips

(***)  For students opting to travel in University vans from Columbia, MO to Lander, WY and back, there will be an extra fee (see below)

Optional Fees and Services

Round-trip transportation and lodging from Columbia, MO to Camp Branson, WY
Round trip transportation and lodging from Columbia, Missouri to Branson Lab is $150.

Van travel to camp

The vans leave Columbia on the morning of Friday, May 26th and arrive in camp on the afternoon of Sunday, May 28th. They leave camp on the morning of Sunday, July 9th and arrive in Columbia on the afternoon of Monday, July 10th. The fee includes two night's lodging during the trip to camp and one night's lodging on the return trip. One-way travel on the vans is $100.

Billing and Payments

The Cashiers Office at MU will send the first notification of a fee bill to students registered for the course on or around April 25, and fee bills can be paid off in up to three installments:

  • A first installment, with a minimum payment of up to 1/3 of your total, will be due on or around May 15th
  • A second installment, with a minimum payment of up to 1/3 of your total, will be due on or around June 15th
  • A third and last installment, with a minimum payment of up to 1/3 of the total, will be due on or around July 15th

Once the University runs fee bills on or around April 20th, they send a paper bill to whichever home address is listed for each student in the system, that is, whichever address each one of you wrote in your Visiting Student Application Form when you applied for camp. The University should also send an “electronic” notification of your tuition and fees bill to your Missouri email account.

Once the fee bills are run, you can see how much you owe in your student center in myZou. And you can pay through myZou. You do not have to wait for a paper/electronic bill, you can pay online, right away. If you click on “make a payment” on your student center in myZou, it will take you to the “myZou payment center” and you can move on from there. You can read more on different forms of payment to the University on the following two pages: and

There are many other informative links within each of those pages.


The books included in the textbook fees noted above are:

  • Tucker, Maurice E., 2011, Sedimentary Rocks in the Field: A Practical Guide, Wiley-Blackwell, 288p.
  • Lisle, R.J., Brabham, P. and Barnes, J.W., 2011, Basic Geological Mapping, Wiley-Blackwell, 230p
  • Smith, R. B., and Siegel, L. J., 2000. Windows into the Earth: The Geologic Story of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, Oxford University Press, 254p
  • We also provide a hardcover field notebook for each student, and a 3-ring binder to keep all your lecture materials