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).
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 regional geology class exam
Week 5: introductory projects in groundwater and surface hydrogeology, shallow seismic reflection and refraction and subsurface basin analysis
Week 6: advanced projects in groundwater and surface hydrogeology, shallow seismic reflection and refraction and subsurface basin analysis