Geology Field Course

Geo Field Course Slideshow

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Geology Field Course 

July 12 - August 11, 2015
5 credits




EARTH 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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Prof. John Geissman U of Texas, Prof. Nathan Niemi U-M E&ES, Prof. Nathan Sheldon U-M E&ES, Prof. Marin Clark U-M E&ES, Prof. Becky Lange  U-M E&ES.


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


Satisfies field experience requirement for Earth and Environmental Sciences concentration and Program in the Environment concentration. For a full list of requirements this course fulfills please click here.

Fees and Tuition

Fees:   Room/Board/Transportation $1125 

Tuition: Tuition for five or six U-M credits and course fees must be paid directly to the University of Michigan and will be billed on or before June 30th, 2015. Guest students are charged upper division rates. Up to date tuition rates can be found at the U-M Registrar website. Departmental Financial Aid to help offset tuition cost is available for all qualified University of Michigan students. Please direct any questions to or call 734.615.8600.


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Summer 2015 Application

To apply to the Camp Davis Program, click the link above and download the Camp Davis Application. Applications can be submitted via email or post. Deadline for applications is May 1st, 2015.