Curriculum

Pre-requisite courses

We expect you to have completed courses in Historical Geology, Structural Geology, and at least one of the following courses: Stratigraphy, Sedimentology, or Petrology (including a sedimentary rock component).

Learning Objectives

Our curriculum is designed to help students learn field techniques in a wide range of geologic settings. It is the student’s responsibility to make the most of their learning through hard work, study time and seeking help from faculty and instructors. A description of our curriculum is provided below. A link to this summer's schedule to the right.

  • Week 1: introduction to basic field techniques, such as use of Brunton compass, measuring stratigraphic sections, recording field notes and field data, working with topographic maps. Introduction to regional Archean, Paleozoic, Mesozoic, Tertiary and Quaternary geology.
  • Week 2: analysis of sedimentary facies and environments; introduction to geologic mapping of deformed Mesozoic sedimentary rocks in the Wind River Basin
  • Week 3: geologic mapping of folded and faulted Mesozoic sedimentary rocks in the Wind River Basin
  • Week 4: field trip to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks and Absaroka Range.
  • Week 5: introductory projects in groundwater and surface hydrogeology, shallow seismic reflection and refraction and advanced structural analysis
  • Week 6: advanced projects in groundwater and surface hydrogeology, shallow seismic reflection and refraction and advanced structural analysis