Introductory Field Geology


June 5-19, 2017
(3 credits)

getting there

Students will fly round trip from Indianapolis to Bozeman, with cost of the flight included in the fees.


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Course description

Prerequisites? None! This course is open to all University students as well as incoming freshman.

Introductory Geology Taught in the Field is an introductory geological science course designed for university students with widely varying backgrounds and intended majors. G129 is intended to provide students with a broadly-balanced approach to the fundamental concepts that are at the heart of any study of the Earth. Lectures and field work will focus on the interactive nature of chemical, physical, and biological processes that have shaped our planetary environment during the past 4.5 billion years. Topics will be presented in a manner that intertwines these fundamental principles with applications which serve to document that Earth is a complex system.

Instruction will consist of a combination of lectures, classroom assignments, and field work. Quizzes and in-field evaluation exercises will be conducted on an as-appropriate schedule. The bulk of the work will be done in the field with projects set-up to have individual objectives; the format will contain aspects that require the student to work within a problem-solving format. All field work will require the collection of observations and measurements conducted while in the field, and a final analysis and the submission of a final set of materials and/or a report; field participation as well as the written materials submitted at the end of each project will constitute the primary component of the basis of the in-field grade.

text and course materials

The text selected provides a well written, engaging presentation of the material. Additional reading and supporting maps, air photographs, and other materials will be supplied. These will be provided to the students while the course is taking place.

Required text: Grotzinger, John and Jordan, Tom, 2010. Understanding Earth, Sixth Edition, W.H. Freeman and Company, New York, NY, 654pp.

grading criteria

Final grades will be based on: quizzes, homework (10%), and in-field exercises (50%) and two 50-minute lecture examinations (40%, 20% for each exam). All work in G129 must be conducted in adherence to the academic code of conduct, as stated in The Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct (see link below).



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: Yes, you can bring your laptop to the Field Station. However, internet access is limited. A number of Field Station laptops are available for use for specific projects during the course.

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

A: Yes.

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

contact information

department of earth and atmospheric sciences
indiana university
1001 e. 10th st. bloomington in 47405

phone: 812-855-1475


field station address:
633 s. boulder road, cardwell, montana 59721
phone: 406-287-3528