Undergraduate Studies

Field Experience

Field Trips

Field experiences are an important aspect of all of the geological sciences. The UA Department of Geological Sciences integrates field trips into numerous undergraduate and graduate classes and sponsors a Regional Geology Class (GEO 490/590) that focuses on field trips to classic geologic locations. Recent locations include the La Popa Basin and Craton.

Summer Field Course

The Department of Geological Sciences offers a five-week field course for undergraduates, with opportunities to apply geologic techniques and principles, such as mapping, data collecting, and reporting. The course is offered during the first summer term, and students must apply to enroll.

Field Course 2021: Alabama

a cliff in New Mexico

Location: Various sites in AL.

Term: May 22–June 26, 2021

Course Number: GEO 495

Credit Hours: 6

Prerequisites: igneous and metamorphic petrology; structural geology; and stratigraphy, sedimentology, or sedimentary petrology

Essentials of Field Geology: outcrop description; introduction to geologic mapping; interpretation of sedimentary, metamorphic, & igneous rocks; and structural analysis

Fees: Approximately $2,760 (Alabama resident) or $6,960 (non-resident). Includes park entry and camping costs, and tuition. This amount does not include medical insurance (required), individual field gear (tents, sleeping bags, backpacks etc.), food, personal items, or transport costs to field locations. An application must be completed and sent to Dr. Kim Genareau (field course director).  Course fees and tuition must be paid to Student Receivables in May.  Scholarship funds are available to offset these costs.

Lodging: The first and last week of the course will be held at UA and the remaining time will be spent camping at various locations throughout the state of Alabama.  Please contact Dr. Kim Genareau for additional information.