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G433 Geology, Hydrology and Geochemistry in the Rocky Mountains

DATES: June 23 – August 6, 2014 (6 credits)

NOTE: This course is physically demanding. Students should be in good health, capable of strenuous hiking on rugged terrain while carrying daypack and field gear.

There is a mandatory meeting on June 23rd at 6:00 PM.

At 7:00 am on June 24th, the caravan will leave for the Field Station from Bloomington.

Returning, the caravan leaves the Field Station on August 4th, arrives back in Bloomington on August 6th.

G429 Field Geology in the Rocky Mountains

DATES: June 22-August 6, 2014 (6 credits)

NOTE: This course is physically demanding. Students should be in good health, capable of strenuous hiking on rugged terrain while carrying daypack and field gear.

Mandatory 6:00 p.m. meeting on June 22nd. The caravan departs Bloomington at 7:00 a.m. June 23rd. Course officially begins in Rapid City, South Dakota on June 24, 2014.

Returning, the caravan leaves the Field Station on August 4th, arrives back in Bloomington on August 6th.

G129/S129 Earth Sciences: Materials & Processes

DATES: June 8-22, 2014 (3 credits)

No caravan travel for this course. Students will fly round trip from Indianapolis to Bozeman, with cost of flight included in fees.
Prerequisites: None. This course is open to all University students as well as incoming freshman. Scholarship application is available on-line with course application.

frequently asked questions

Q. How much does a course cost?

The total cost includes tuition, transportation fees, room and board, and miscellaneous field station fees. IU has a tiered tuition rate distinguishing between in-state and out-of-state students. Generous scholarship support is designed to offset out-of-state tuition costs.

Q: Can I bring my laptop to the Field Station?

A: G329 and G429 students are encouraged to bring their own laptops for use on their projects. A limited number of Field Station laptops are available for use for specific projects during the course. Necessary information and programs are already loaded into these computers.

Q: Will I have access to email at the Field Station?

A: Yes. One computer is designated as a student computer and is used for email purposes. This computer is shared by all students.

Q: If I drive my personal vehicle to the Field Station, am I free to leave on the weekends?

A: Absolutely not. Any personal vehicles driven to the Field Station will be parked upon arrival and will not be allowed to be driven for the duration of the course. Anyone driving to the Field Station is responsible for getting themselves from the Field Station to Rapid City, SD for the beginning of the course. Public transportation is not available anywhere near the Field Station. Using a personal vehicle as transportation to get to and from the course is not recommended. More

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Remarkably diverse geology, experienced award-winning faculty, a world-class field facility, and a 60-year tradition of leadership in teaching geoscience in the field form the foundation of excellence of our course offerings. Our range of field-based programs encompasses undergraduate and graduate classes, and extends through outreach to high school students, adults, and to professionals in geosciences-related areas.

The Field Station’s flagship course, G429’Field Geology in the Rocky Mountains, is the frequently required capstone course for advanced college geosciences majors. Since 1950, over 5000 students from over 200 colleges and universities have enrolled in this course. Alumni routinely credit it as a key educational ingredient in their career success because of its integrative content, and because of how it has helped them to solve geological problems with a limited data base, as well as improve their conception of scale and 3–D geometry of complex structural morphology. It is the rigorous physical and intellectual nature of this immersive field experience that often touches students hearts and inspires their minds in ways that last a lifetime.

Expansion of the Field Station curriculum is enhanced by G433–Geology, Hydrology and Geochemistry in the Rocky Mountains. This 400–level, highly interdisciplinary course is taken by students as part of degree requirements for a major in environmental geoscience.

G129– Earth Sciences: Materials and Processes is intended for rising college freshman, and primarily non–majors in geology regardless of class standing.

Introductory high school and graduate–level courses are offered on an irregular basis, depending on expected enrollments. For more information about these offerings and opportunities for field learning experiences for high-school students and their teachers, adults, and professionals in industry, contact the Director, Bruce Douglas (email).

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