We Are No Longer Accepting Applications for 2014 Field Camp
Our Field Camp is now FULL. You will be notified if you are on the wait list.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 through Friday, June 20, 2014 INCLUSIVE
...because you will be taught by four different faculty instructors (with more than 45 total years of experience teaching field camps). More instructors means more geological expertise, a wider exposure to subtle differences in geological mapping styles, and lots of good campfire stories!
...because of our BRUNTON sponsorship!!! Any student that has taken our field camp can purchase a Brunton Compass (Conventional Pocket Transit) for a rock bottom price of *$200 (*Subject to Change)! That’s a savings of over $200! This offer extends to all of our UB geology students, faculty and alumni.
The "Drive" A view of the "golf course"
and other sedimentary rock features in the
Canyonlands area at the second site.
The tuition for students who are New York State residents will be about $245 per credit hour for undergraduates for a 6 credit-hour course, and $411 per credit hour for graduates for a 2 credit-hour course.
- The tuition for out -of-state state students is about $742 per credit hour for undergraduate students
and $765 per credit hour for graduate students.
- Normal credit-hours are six (6) for undergraduate students and two (2) for graduate students. Non-University at Buffalo undergraduate
students may register for fewer hours providing the requirements of their own department are satisfied (but no less than 3 credits).
- The University at Buffalo reserves the right to change tuition and fees without notice.
Travel costs to Denver before the course and from Denver after the course are at the student's expense. Students are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from Denver. All of the transportation within field camp is covered through the camp fee.
Students and staff camp in tents while at map sites. Each campsite has toilets. On travel days, students are able to shower and cleanup in motels. The camp doesn't provide showers but students may bring their own solar shower. Good hygiene is important and most students can get by using baby wipes until a shower is available.
(Click Here For More Information) The course is an intensive month-long program of immersion in the methods of geological field mapping. Students camp during the majority of this time. Participants are in the field all day (8AM to 4PM) during most days and are engaged in strenuous physical activity over most of this time.
Grandview, Colorado -- on the Silver Thread Scenic Byway; Dugout Ranch, Utah -- a private ranch surrounded by awesome Wingate Formation mesas; Dinosaur National Park, Utah -- near spectacular Split Mountain; Q-Creek Ranch, Central Wyoming -- a private ranch in the middle of nowhere.
Hanging out at the Dugout Ranch (our second camp site).
The University at Buffalo Geology Field Program is open to upper division geology and environmental science students enrolled at any college or university. The purpose of the course is to develop observational and mapping skills. The curriculum of the camp is focused on mapping crystalline rocks (first 9 days) and folded & faulted sedimentary rocks (remaining 23 days). Geologic field trips and mapping exercises are located at four distinctly different physiographic and geologic localities in the United States: San Juan Mountains, Colorado; Canyonlands, Utah; Dinosaur National Monument, Utah; and Medicine Bow, Wyoming. The field program has taught over 1,900 students over the past 45 years. The gender distribution is usually 50 percent women and 50 percent men. Last year there were 39 students total from 16 different academic institutions. Usually about 65% of the students are from schools other than Buffalo. The camp has maintained the concept of a rustic, mobile, outdoor program, and students and staff live in tents while at mapping sites, and food is prepared at the camp site by staff. Students are encouraged to come prepared for the weather variations and to enjoy the outdoor way of life while learning principles of geologic mapping.
We do not expect students to have prior experience in geological mapping. Because we map rocks, especially sedimentary strata, it is very helpful if students have mastered the basic principles of mineralogy, petrology, sedimentology, and stratigraphy before coming to field camp. Several of the field sites include structural features such as faults and folds. Several of the mapping exercises include making geological cross sections from the geological maps. Thus, it is also very helpful to have completed a course in structural geology and to carefully review concepts related to defining geological structures by use of strike and dip.
How to Apply
The application is an interactive pdf form that you can fill out on your computer. If filled in by hand, please print neatly and legibly.
Email the completed application to:
email@example.com (Please include "Field Camp" in the subject line)
Fax the completed application to:
Mail the completed application to:
Department of Geology
411 Cooke Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-1350
Full Moon - Canyonlands Canyonlands
For further information about camp procedures or course requirements, please send an e-mail to our Camp Director: Dr. Marcus Bursik, firstname.lastname@example.org (please indicate the nature of your question in the subject line).
You may download a list of the necessary items and the packing requirements at: Field Camp Checklist
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