Summer Field Camp

Five weeks in the field with the Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering.

Planned dates:
May 18 - June 22, 2022

Application:
2022 Field Camp Applications (due February 15, 2022)

Field Camp Director
Andrew Zuza,  azuza@unr.edu

We are now accepting applications for the 6-credit Summer 2022 Geology Field Course. Course dates are tentatively set from May 18 to June 22, 2022, although they may be subject to slight modification. The exact exercise schedule will be formulated over the coming academic year, but we intend to run field exercises in eastern California and eastern Nevada that center around geologic themes of the North American Cordillera and Basin and Range extension. This course will involve camping for the entire duration of the camp.

f you have questions, please contact the Camp Director Andrew Zuza

To enroll in the course, please download the application from the above link, fill it out, and return it to the Camp Director. Applications are due February 15, 2022 with a $200-course deposit. Students will be notified of their acceptance into the course in March 2022. If we are unable to fit you into the course, deposits will be refunded.

The course costs $3,000, which includes vehicle use, campsite fees, instructor and teaching assistant costs, field manuals, course materials and supplies, cooking supplies and propane, and other miscellaneous fees associated with running the course. Food is not included, but we provide several campsite cooking stoves, pots/pans, and utensils. The required $200 deposit is part of this total cost and enrolled students are responsible for paying the remaining $2,800 before the course starts.

This year, we are excited to announce new scholarship opportunities for students. Please see the Field Camp Scholarships section below.

Vaccination requirement: All 2022 students are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19  as per UNR’s student vaccination requirement.

Group of students walking along a partially snowy ridgeline.

The Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno, offers a comprehensive, capstone, five-week, six-credit summer geology field camp class.  The focus of the course will be to develop advanced field skills, including rock description, generation of geologic maps, and illustrating the geometries of deformed rocks with cross-sections.  Through a series of mapping-based exercises, field camp students will gain the ability to understand complex field relations in three dimensions.  This is enhanced by the incredible geologic setting of these exercises, which includes several world-class geologic sites in eastern Nevada, in the heart of the Basin and Range province, and in eastern California, where the Basin and Range meets the Sierra Nevada.

Students will traverse the North American Cordillera during field exercises across Nevada and Utah, with especially memorable field trips to Great Basin National Park and the Snake Range metamorphic core complex.

Course information

  • Course Title: Geology 451 (6-semester credits)
  • 2021 Fees: $3,000 ($200 course deposit with application + $2,800; non-resident fees also apply)

Prerequisites

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).

Field Camp Scholarships

This year, we are excited to announce that we have secured funding to offer two $1,000 scholarships for the 2022 Field Camp. This support comes from the National Science Foundation through the GEOAllies project to improve diversity and inclusion in the geosciences. Awards will be based on financial need and merit, and final selection will be made by a committee of UNR geoscience faculty.

To be considered for this scholarship, we require (1) a letter statement and (2) a letter of recommendation. The letter statement should focus on your plans for the future, and how field camp and this scholarship will be beneficial to these plans. Both items should be sent to the Field Camp Director Andrew Zuza. You can submit your letter statement with your Field Course application, and please ask your letter writers to email their recommendation letter directly to Andrew Zuza.

This scholarship is open to all UNR and non-UNR Field Camp students. Awardees will be notified in Spring 2022 and is contingent on attendance to the course.

Please note, there are additional scholarship opportunities through the Geological Society of America and Geological Society of Nevada. We strongly encourage students to look into these great opportunities.

GEOAllies and NSF logo

Field Camp alumni

Students from all over the U.S. participate each year. Below is a list of schools where our Field Camp alumni have come from.

  • Arizona State University
  • Boston University
  • Case Western Reserve
  • CCNY
  • Central Michigan University
  • Clemson University
  • Colby College
  • College of Charleston
  • CSU Bakersfield
  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Harvard University
  • Keene State College
  • Muskingum College, Texas
  • Pacific Lutheran College
  • Portland State University
  • Sacramento State University
  • Saint Lawrence College
  • San Francisco State University
  • San Jose State University
  • Sonoma State University
  • Southern Mississippi University
  • Texas A&M University
  • UCLA
  • University of Alaska, Fairbanks
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Maine
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Nebraska, Omaha
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • University of New Hampshire
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Puget Sound
  • University of Southern California
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Washington University
  • Whitman College
  • Whittier College

Things you should know

The Geology Field Camp will operate from May 19 to June 22, 2021. More information on the course structure and schedule will be posted at a later date. The camp is open to both University of Nevada, Reno and non-University students. Typically, the course is divided into 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.

Weather

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.

Logistics

A specific 2021 schedule is still being formulated. More information will be posted at a later date.

Transcripts after completing the course

Upon completing the course, please visit the following page to obtain official transcripts

Meet the faculty of the Summer Field Camp

Summer Field Camp faculty
Andrew V. Zuza
Andrew V. Zuza
Assistant Professor
(775) 784-1446
SEM 409
4616
Summer Field Camp faculty
Joel Scheingross
Joel Scheingross
Assistant Professor; DGSE Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Chair he/him/his
775-682-9839
LMR 372
4616
Summer Field Camp faculty
Mike Darin
Mike Darin
Assistant professor He/him/his
(775) 682-8751
SEM 408
4616
Summer Field Camp faculty
Wenrong    Cao
Wenrong Cao
Assistant Professor
(775) 784-1770
LME 412
4616
Summer Field Camp faculty
Rich Koehler
Rich Koehler
Associate Professor, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
(775) 682-8763
SEM 405
4616
Summer Field Camp faculty
Philipp  Ruprecht
Philipp Ruprecht
Assistant Professor He/Him/His
(775) 682-6048
LME 409
4616
Summer Field Camp faculty
Tom Anderson
Tom Anderson
Field Camp instructor
4616