Camp Information


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Joel DesOrmeau:

Course Information

Course Title: Geology 451 (6 semester credits)

Fees:  $4,250, non-UNR students must also pay a $60 application fee.


Courses in mineralogy/petrology, sedimentology/stratigraphy, structural geology, and field methods.  If you are lacking one or more of these courses, it may still be possible to attend camp. Please contact the Field Camp Director to discuss your individual situation.  Credit will be posted in the office of the registrar at the end of the summer term (mid-August).

Geology Field Camp Information

For 2017 students should plan to fly in/out of Reno on May 20/June 28th.  The first two days will include orientation on UNR's main campus, driving to our permanent field station in Ruth, NV on May 23.  Students are expected to be back in Reno by 5pm on the evening of June 27th. 


In mountainous areas of Nevada and Utah, you can count on cool evenings and warm to hot days in May and June. We will be working mainly at elevations between 5,000 and 8,000 feet, so sunscreen and a hat are essential.  Most days are clear, but we have had light snows in June. Spring rains, including afternoon thunderstorms, are possible too, so raingear is essential.


The Geology Field Camp will begin at 9 am on May 21, 2017 on the UNR campus.

Plan to arrive in Reno on May 20, so as to avoid any problems caused by flight delays.  After a two-day orientation session, we will drive to our field station in Ruth, Nevada.  Field work will commence on May 24 and will continue through June 26.  The group will return to Reno by 5pm of June 27. 

We will provide dorm lodging the nights of 5/20-22.  The rest of the time we will be camping in Utah or staying in our Ruth Station.  We will not provide lodging on the evening of June 27. Students can get late flights on June 27, or plan to "couch-surf" with Reno based students for the night.


Many national geoscience organizations offer scholarships for students to attend field camp.  We include here links to several of these organizations web pages for student awards and scholarships.  Most are typically due in February, but students should check the web sites for current deadline and award information. Some may require membership in the organization in order to apply. The most well known include the Geological Society of America (GSA), Association of Environmental and Engineering Geology (AEG), National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT), Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG), American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG), and American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG).  Resources for UNR students include the Geological Society of Nevada (GSN).