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Introduction to Field Geology
INTRO FLD GEOL
CLASS CODE: GEOL 210 CREDITS:  1 FEE:  $120.00
DIVISION: PHYSICAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
DEPARTMENT: GEOLOGY
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: One week field course covering basic methods of observing, collecting, and recording field data. Students register for this course as part of the fall semester. Field work for the course takes place the week prior to the start of the fall semester.
TAUGHT: Fall
CONTENT AND TOPICS: 1. Using a Brunton compass, GPS, and topography to accurately locate ones self in the field.
2. Plotting field data on topographic maps and aerial photos.
3. Measuring strike and dip, and trend and plunge of geologic structures with a Brunton compass.
4. Taking meaningful field notes.
5. Sample collection techniques: rock samples, oriented samples, photos, etc.
6. Techniques for measuring stratigraphic sections.
7. Measuring and recording data required to construct structure sections.
8. Instruction on presenting data as graphic stratigraphic and structure sections.
9. Producing a simple geologic map.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: Develop basic field skills that will be required in order to gather data during field projects in subsequent courses.
REQUIREMENTS: Personal field gear including: canteen, hand lens, rock hammer, field notebook, colored pencils, camera and film, etc. Contact instructor for detailed schedule and supplies list by the end of July.
PREREQUISITES: Geol 112 or instructor’s consent. Must be taken concurrently with Geol 311 and Geol 370.
OTHER: The field portion of this class will be taught during the week between the end of the summer semester and the beginning of fall semester in order not to conflict with the regular class schedule. Final report compilation will be done during the first block of fall semester.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2002