2003 GEOLOGY FIELD COURSES
SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY
A DESERT SOUTHWEST FIELD CAMP INCLUDING THREE NATIONAL
GO350 Geology Field Camp (4 cr. hr.); Dates: May 20 – June 13.
Physical Geology, Historical Geology, and Rocks and Minerals (Mineralogy and
Petrology), and an
introductory field methods course, or substantial field skills and permission.
GO650 Geology Field Camp [4 cr. hr]; Dates: May 20 – June 13.
METHODOLOGY: The content and teaching methodology of these field courses are designed to challenge students at all levels
This course is concurrent with GO350, and is intended for graduate students seeking to satisfy a field camp
requirement, or to gain field experience in a new setting.
above the prerequisites.
Enrollment and the instructor/student ratio are small to provide plenty of access
to quality field
office instruction. Instructors are available throughout the field day and during
evening office work. Fieldwork
projects are 1 to 3 days in length. Office time is set aside so that students can complete quality projects. Excursions
to study national parks provide students with an appreciation and geologic understanding of these national treasures.
SETTING: GO350 and GO650 are taught concurrently in southwest Utah. The camp operates out of St. George, Utah. St.
George is on the eastern side of the Basin and Range and close to the high plateaus of the western Colorado Plateau.
Grand Canyon (North Rim), Zion Canyon, and Bryce Canyon National Parks are visited during the camp. Stratigraphy
and structure in Mesozoic rocks, Precambrian metamorphics, a laccolithic intrusive, ash flow tuffs, structures of the
Sevier orogeny, and Basin and Range faulting are included in course projects. Emphasis is on the description,
mapping, and interpretation of rocks, sediments, and structures.
FACILITIES: Housing at St. George is in single rooms (with refrigerator) in a college dormitory. Parking is free and convenient.
Students are responsible for their own meals. St. George is a growing desert retirement community with many
excellent restaurants and other amenities. Camping gear is required for overnight excursions to national parks. Vans
are used for transportation in the field.
COSTS: Undergraduate tuition: Missouri residents, $140.50/hr.; non-residents, $243.00/cr.hr. Graduate tuition: residents,
$164.00/cr.hr.; non-residents, $288.00/cr.hr. Visiting students pay a non-refundable $20 application fee. Additional
course fee: $800 for GO350/GO650, which includes field transportation, housing, and text on the Geologic History of
Utah. Compton's Geology in the Field is a highly recommended text. Enrollment in GO350, or GO650 requires a non-
refundable deposit of $100 by March 15; the balance of the course fee must be received by May 1. The deadline for
tuition payment will be in mid-May. Round trip transportation between Cape Girardeau and St. George is available on
a limited basis for an additional fee of $100. Meals, personal transportation and other personal expenses are the
responsibility of the student.
APPLICATION: Application form and additional information about the camp may be found on the Department of Geosciences
web site www2.semo.edu/geoscience. Please feel free to communicate with John Holbrook,
Department of Geosciences MS6500, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 (Phone: 573-
651-2168; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) to obtain more information including a preliminary schedule of field
projects. Applications should be completed by March 15. Late applications will be considered on a space-available
basis until May 1. Total enrollment is limited to a maximum of 18 students.
Field campers taking a brief rest on the trail to the bottom of the Grand Canyon