Field Studies

Field Studies
Procedures in observing, collecting, and recording field data concerning properties of rock units.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 0.0 Lecture, 9.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesGEOL 111 & GEOL 112
 NoteContact Geological Sciences Department before April 15 for dates of upcoming August trip.
 ProgramsContaining GEOL 210
Course Outcomes

Geologic Tools

Learn how to take accurate and complete field notes.

Learn how to use a compass to measure strike and dip on outcrops in the field.

Learn how to read topographic and geologic maps and relate the map to what you see in the field.

Rock and Minerals

Review rocks and minerals learned in earlier courses and be able to accurately identify them in the field.

Understand the relationships between igneous rocks and minerals and magmatic processes.

Understand the relationships between metamorphic rocks and minerals and the processes that formed them.

Understand the significance of sedimentary rocks in understanding depositional systems and regional tectonics.

Collecting and Interpreting Geologic Data

Learn the basics of making a geologic map.

Learn how to interpret the geology on a map to draw a geologic cross-section.

Write up the results of data you collected along with your interpretation in a clear, consise manner.

Field Observation

Become detailed observers of field geology

Utah's National Parks

Understand the formative processes of the geology of Utah's National Parks including Zion NP, Bryce Canyon NP, and Capitol Reef NP.

Landscape Evolution

Develop an understanding of the interelationships of stratigraphy, structural geology, and surficial processes on landscape evolution.