GEOL 210: Introduction to Field Methods

2021 dates: September 7-17 in the field, September 20-21 in the lab

Ellensburg, WA

Instructors: Breanyn MacInnes and Keegan Fengler

Note for 2021: In past years, we have offered this two-week field course based out of the White Mountain Research Center in California. WMRC continues to be closed to classes through the fall of 2021 due to COVID-19, but many restrictions for CWU and Washington State have been lifted. In 2021, GEOL 210 will take place in person based out of Ellensburg.

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.

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.

GEOL 210 is a required course for all majors in the department. The class is designed for students just entering our program. An introductory course (with a lab) is the only pre-requisite.

First class meeting: Tuesday, September 7, 2021, 9:00 am in Discovery Hall 207

For a complete schedule and more information, please download:

  • Course Syllabus
  • Equipment list
  • Health and safety form
  • Photos from the 2011 Class
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