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.

The Field Course Scholarship is available to outstanding undergraduate students in the department.

Field Course 2019: Northern New Mexico

a cliff in New Mexico

Location: Taos, New Mexico

Term: May 20–June 25, 2019

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 $4,300 (Alabama resident) or $8,300 (non-resident). Includes all transportation, round trip from Tuscaloosa AL to Taos NM, accommodations and food in Taos, and tuition. This amount does not include medical insurance (required) and food when away from Taos (15 days), field gear, and personal items. A $250 nonrefundable deposit (checks to University of Alabama) must be paid to the University of Alabama Student Receivables, Department of Geological Sciences by March 15 – Receipt must be given to Karen Linville in DGS. Remaining course fees and tuition must be paid to Student Receivables in May.

Lodging: About 20 days will be spent at the Austing Haus — 9,000’ elevation in the spectacular Taos Ski Valley. About 15 days will be spent camping.