Directed Field Studies
 Hours1.0 - 6.0 Credit, Arr Lecture, Arr Lab
 TaughtFall Contact Department, Winter Contact Department, Spring Contact Department, Summer Contact Department
Course Outcomes: 

Field Studies

Complete a course of study and observation related to the geologic history of a pre-determined field area.

Writing and Communication

Learn some fundamental skills in preparation to conduct research and ultimately write research papers in other classes, including:

1. Using online databases (GEOREF, Web of Science) to obtain information on a particular topic.

2. Using online resources (Refworks) to manage and format references.

3. Reading articles in the primary geologic literature and drawing out primary information such as the topic of and article and its conclusions even if the student is not prepared (at this stage) to understand the methodology employed.

4. Appreciate the need to properly format cited literature in a research paper.

5. Learn the content and proper voice for the abstract of a research paper.


1. Effectively communicate the results of the project to a scientific audience.

Field and Lab Methods

1. Demonstrate competence in data collections.

2. Become familiar with the analytic techniques germaine to the Honor's thesis.