GEOSCI 440 - Field Course in Geology
Section: 721
Term: SU 2008
Subject: Geological Sciences (GEOSCI)
Department: LSA Earth & Environmental Sciences
Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of department.
Class Misc Info:
Meets at Camp Davis, Wyoming, June 20th - August 3rd.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Successful completion of courses in two or more of the following topics: mineralogy, sedimentary geology, igneous and metamorphic petrology, and structural geology.
Other Course Info:
Su at Camp Davis, Wyoming.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
Rackham Information:
Rackham credit requires additional work.
Primary Instructor:

Geological Sciences 440 is a broad, in-depth course covering all aspects of field geology (structure, sedimentology, metamorphic and igneous petrology, geophysics, and surficial processes). The principal goal of the course is to train students to recognize distinct lithological units and their 3-D relationships. Field projects include mapping and interpretation of deformed and faulted sedimentary, regional metamorphic, plutonic, and volcanic complexes. During the later part of the course, mapping projects and field trips will expose students to digital mapping techniques through the use of GeoPads (i.e., ruggedized TabletPCs, GIS software, GPS receivers, and digital data sets.) The course also includes a field project that utilizes modern geophysical tools to supplement traditional field observations and another project that focuses on surficial processes (geologically-relevant processes occurring on the short time scale), which are environmentally and ecologically important.
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Instructors for this offering include:
Prof. John Geissman U of New Mexico, Prof. Nathan Niemi U of M Geology


Successful completion of courses in two or more of the following: mineralogy, sedimentary geology, igneous and metamorphic petrology, structural geology.

Fees and Tuition

Fees:  $950 includes transportation, food, lodging, and course materials

Tuition: Tuition for eight U of M credits must be paid directly to the University of Michigan and will be billed on July 31st, 2008. Guest students are charged upper division rates.  Up to date tuition rates can be found at the  U of M Registrar website. Departmental Financial Aid to help offset tuition cost is available.  All students ( including guest students ) are encouraged to apply. Please direct any questions to or call 734-615-8600

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about Camp Davis.

This course will be capped at 24 students. To enroll in GEOSCI 440 please fill out the Camp Davis Application and return via email or regular U.S. mail. The deadline for applications is May 1st, 2008.

GEOSCI 440 - Field Course in Geology
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721 (LEC)
Note: FIELD COURSE IN JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING, JUNE 20 TO AUGUST 3. Camp Davis application required in addition to regular registration. See web site at
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