GEOL 210: Introduction to Field Methods

2019 Dates: September 4-18 in the field, September 19-20 on campus

Bishop, CA and Ellensburg, WA

Instructors: Breanyn MacInnes and Anne Egger

At the end of each summer, we offer this two-week field course in beautiful Owens Valley, California, based out of the White Mountain Research Center. The primary goal of this course is to provide you with the opportunity to learn and apply skills that are fundamental to the Earth sciences. By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Collect and record data using common geologic field methods and tools;
  • Synthesize data you’ve collected in the field by producing geologic maps and cross-sections;
  • Develop a reasonable geologic history based on multiple lines of evidence.

These are not the only goals we have, however, because we could do that without ever leaving Ellensburg. Our additional goals are to:

  • Expose you to a spectacular environment, where several different geologic processes are present and well-exposed;
  • Build a community of students who are interested in and excited about geology.

In order to achieve all of these goals, we will travel to Owens Valley in California, on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada, and spend ten days working in two different field areas. This is a familiar and favorite area for many geologists, your instructors included, and we think you will see why very quickly.

GEOL 210 is a required course for all majors in the department. The class is designed for students just entering our program. GEOL 101 (or equivalent) is the only pre-requisite, but GEOL 200 is recommended.

Informational meeting (optional): Monday, May 6, 2019, 4:00 pm

Find out more about the course and how to register and meet the instructors and TAs.

Pre-trip meeting (required): Tuesday, September 3, 2019, 2:00 pm

Get course materials and pack the vans for the journey south.

Course documents

The following documents are all in PDF format.

Additional information

Photos from the 2011 Class
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