The EES department strongly encourages all of our majors to attend a summer field camp, especially if you are considering graduate school in the geosciences. A geology field camp is a course where students will solve geological problems outside, in the field.
Traditionally, geology field camps have emphasized making geologic maps, so students learn rock identification, map reading, orienteering skills, and map interpretation.
Some field camps specialize in certain aspects of geology, and many offer subsections in hydrogeology, geophysics, and environmental sciences. While many field exercises are still completed with pencil and paper, some integrate GIS and GPS into their courses. Because there is a range of field courses, it is important to check the required prerequisites, but some programs enforce these prerequisites differently.
There are many options for field camps in terms of length, focus, and location, so it is worth looking at a number of them to consider your options. The geology.com website maintains a list of field camps and a few essays about what you’ll do at field camp and how to choose an appropriate one. The essays on this page are a good place to start thinking about what field camp is best for you: http://geology.com/field-camp.shtml
For virtual field camp ideas, please check here: https://nagt.org/nagt/teaching_resources/field/summer_2020_virtual_field_camp.html
The list below includes field camps that Vanderbilt students have either attended or have seriously considered:
- Indiana University: https://iugfs.indiana.edu/courses/eas-x429/index.html
- Boise State University offers a field camp in Sardinia, Italy: http://earth.boisestate.edu/summercamp/
- The University of Houston runs the field camp for the Yellowstone Bighorn Research Association (YBRA), which operates as a consortium from a number of schools: https://uh.edu/nsm/earth-atmospheric/undergraduate/ybra-field-camp/
- James Madison University offers a field course in Ireland: http://www.jmu.edu/geology/irelandfieldcourse.shtml
- The University of Missouri: http://fieldcamp.missouri.edu/
- The University of Minnesota offers a “Hydrocamp”: http://www.geo.umn.edu/orgs/camp/hydrocamp/
- The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology often offers multiple different field camp options. These change every year and some of them are abroad: http://geologyfieldcamp.sdsmt.edu/
- The University of South Florida: http://hennarot.forest.usf.edu/main/depts/geosci/ug/camp/
- The University of Alaska Fairbanks: http://www.uaf.edu/geology/academics/field-camp/
- The Northern Illinois University seems to have a more environmental and hydrogeology emphasis: http://www.niu.edu/geology/courses/field_methods.shtml
- The University of Oklahoma offers a field camp that seems to emphasize geophysics and connections to petroleum geology: https://www.ou.edu/mcee/geosciences/student-life-resources/field_camp
- The Wasatch-Uinta Summer Field Camp is operated by a consortium of schools from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan: http://fieldcamp.org/content/welcome
- The Illinois State University: https://geo.illinoisstate.edu/field-camp/
For a more comprehensive list of field camps other than the ones listed here, see http://www.geology.com