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Field Courses

GEOL 4102/6102 BASIC FIELD GEOLOGY 3.0
Prerequisite: Completion of a core-curriculum science and consent of instructor.
Nine hours a day, six days a week for three weeks. Introduction to field geology in the Rocky Mountains of Montana, with emphasis on basic concepts and field methods. Construction of simple geologic maps, cross sections, and stratigraphic columns, using topographic maps and aerial photographs in the field. Includes a seven-day excursion to geologically interesting areas of the U.S. Northwest. Open to teachers and students majoring in Geography, anthropology, Biology, Environmental Science, or others who are seeking a geological field experience.

GEOL 4121/6121 ADVANCED FIELD GEOLOGY 3.0
Prerequisites: Geol 4006 and 4013, and consent of instructor.
Prerequisite or corequisite: Geol 4120/6120 or equivalent,
 Nine hours a day, six days a week for three weeks. Intensive geological mapping and interpretation in the Rocky Mountains of Montana, with particular emphasis on complexly-deformed areas. Includes mapping in folded and faulted sedimentary rocks, intrusive and volcanic igneous rocks, and high-grade metamorphic basement terrain. Construction of multiple cross sections for complex strructures and advanced interpretation of geologic history of complex areas. Involves extensive, rough, off-trail hiking.

GEOG 4550/6550 FIELD SCHOOL IN GEOGRAPHY 4.0-8.0
This course aims to apply fundamental concepts in physical geography to hands-on, skills-oriented field exercises and involves travel to numerous nearby study sites. Field exercises are designed to allow students to develop advanced skills in physical geography, problem-solve using the scientific method and collaboration with peers, and synthesize findings to interpret local landscapes. Students will be required to attend field trips, prepare two short presentations on related topics to be given while in the field, and actively participate in the field exercises and inquiry. Additionally, after each lesson students will write a journal entry on the relationship between the observed physical processes and human land use; these journals will be due on last day of class. There will be a final exam for the course. Example activities: orienteering, surveying, streamflow and infiltration rate measurement, flow reconstruction, soil identification, sediment sampling, water quality monitoring, estimation of chemical weathering rates, landform identification. Prerequisites: Geog 1112 and 1113, or equivalent. Willingness to work outdoors in inclement weather. Good attitude! Credits: 4