Camp Information


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Andrew V Zuza

Course Information

Course Title: Geology 451 (6 semester credits)

2020 Fees:  In-state students - $3500; Out-of-state students - $4,500; Non-UNR students pay an additional $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

The Geology Field Camp will operate from May 20 to June 21, 2020. Students should arrive in Reno for an evening meeting and dinner on Wednesday May 20th. We will spend most of the camp in eastern Nevada with a field excursion to central Utah. The course is divided in four approximately week-long topical geologic mapping exercises, with specific themes including Quaternary, bedrock, metamorphic, and igneous geology. These exercises will build the students' broad knowledge regarding the geologic history of western North America from the Paleozoic to the present. The course will involve camping in beautiful locations for its entire duration.


In mountainous areas of Nevada and California, you can count on cool evenings and warm to hot days in May and June. We will be working over a range of elevations from 5,000 to 10,000+ 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 rain gear is essential.


A specific 2020 schedule is still being formulated. See the "What to Bring" section for a good overview of the required camping and field gear. We will camp for the entire course, and students will need to cook camp meals everyday. Cooking in groups is strongly encouraged. We will supply high-end camp-cooking gear, including propane stoves, cooking utensils, pots/pans, and coolers. We will resupply food during off days in between mapping exercises.


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).