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Summer Geology Field Camp

NOTE: We are not yet accepting applications for Summer 2015.   We will update this page and start accepting applications by mid-November, 2014.  The deadline will be early or middle February, 2015, which will allow plenty of time to submit applications once we are ready to accept them.  Thanks for your patience.  

Below is the description of our 2014 Summer Geology Field Camp.  We expect to offer a similar curriculum in Summer 2015, though the dates and details will change.

The UO Summer Geology Field Camp is taught as a series of three 2-week courses, taught in central Oregon and southwestern Montana. The 2014 course outline is shown below.

Summer 2014 Course Sequence and Information:

1. June 18-June 30: GEOL 406 Field Studies – Volcanology & Active Faulting, taught in central Oregon by Ray Weldon and Jim Watkins (4 credits; $550 course fee).

2. July 1-14: GEOL 406 Field Studies – Stratigraphy & Paleontology, taught in central Oregon and southwestern Montana by Samantha Hopkins, Sammy Castonguay, Ray Weldon, and Marli Miller (4 credits; $600 course fee).

3. July 15-30: GEOL 406 Field Studies – Structural Geology, taught in southwestern Montana by Marli Miller and Sammy Castonguay (4 credits; $650 course fee).

Daily schedule for Field Camp 2014.

Students who need a full 6-week field camp to satisfy their degree requirements will want to take all three of the above courses. Students with other degree requirements may take one or two courses, with the restriction that students attending Part 3 must take Part 2. Please apply for each course individually (forms below). We welcome applications from both Oregon and non-UO students. We will give admissions priority to UO students, as dictated by enrollment pressure. Graduate-level credit (GEOL 606) is also available for graduate students.

Course fees listed above are charged in addition to University tuition and fees. University tuition and fees for 2014 are posted here: 2014 rates. We get some break on the fees because this is an off campus course and the Department gives partial scholarships to all UO majors. The estimated cost for all 12 credits for a UO in-state major is: $2264, and $4448 for out of state non-UO students (out of state UO majors and in state non-UO students will be somewhere in between; consult the UO Registrar’s office; note: non-UO students are technically considered “non-admitted” for registration purposes) Other costs will include occasional meals on days off, lunches in Dillon, MT, and any additional personal expenses.

The first course will start with an organizational meeting at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday June 18. The group will return to Eugene on July 30. Students will meet the next morning to clean out the vans and put away gear, and the course will be officially over at noon July 31.

Here is the class of summer, 2012, at the famous “rats nest”, Block Mountain, Montana.

To Apply, please complete one or more of the following applications:
(if taking more than 1 two-week section, just fill in one application and indicate on it which sections you intend to take)

and send them to:Field Camp Coordinator, Dept. of Geological Sciences, 1272 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR. The application deadline is February 17, 2014. We expect to decide about admissions by March 5. Once you are accepted you will need to send us a non-refundable deposit ($50 per course) by April 1. Late-comers will be considered on a space-available basis. Queries can be sent to ray “at”

Here is an Equipment List of the things you will need for this course.