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Summer Field Camp

Group of geology students at field camp

Supporting agencies: Wyoming Geological Association 

Course Number: GE 4717
6 Credit Hours
Early Summer Session

Reviews field observation of geologic phenomena, methods of geologic mapping geologic and geophysical field studies, interpretation of data collected, and presentation. The course consists of field trips and projects. Please see Course Description.

Field Course in Geology Course Description

Dates: May 18–June 27, 2020 (six weeks).

Cost: Tuition and fees for 2020 are to be decided, but will be available in May. Tuition for summer 2019 was $129.00/credit hour, at resident rate. The field course fee was $1800.00 for all four sections; $900 for the first three week section (3 credits), and $300 for each of the following one week (1 credit) projects; additional mandatory university fees of $150.74 will be accessed based on the number of enrolled credit hours. The field course fee covers transportation during field work, course supplies, some instructional costs, meals, and lodging while away from Laramie.  

While in Laramie or working from Laramie, meals (including lunch) and lodging are not covered.

*Note: The University of Wyoming offers this course to both residents and non-residents at resident tuition rates.

Recommended Texts (not required):

Geology in the Field, by Robert R. Compton
Dictionary of Geological Terms, by Robert L. Bates and Julia A. Jackson, eds.


Each student must pass the following courses with a grade of C or higher to be eligible to participate

  • Stratigraphy and sedimentation (required)
  • Structural geology (required)
  • Mineralogy (required)

Petrology is also recommended

Financial Aid:

In order to receive financial aid from UW, students must be enrolled as degree-seeking students at the University of Wyoming. It is possible to enroll as a degree-seeking student for the summer, but the process takes several months. Students are encouraged to START EARLY (January) in their search for financial aid. Other sources may include: NAGT, the National Association of Geology Teachers, which annually awards scholarships to students who are attending a recognized field course. Information and application forms can be found at the NAGT website.

To apply for Summer Field Camp Scholarship/Financial Assistance please complete the Geology and Geophysics Summer Application at

Contact or send applications to:

Dr. Barbara John
Department of Geology and Geophysics
University of Wyoming, Dept. 3006
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 223-1951

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