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Course Syllabus

Course: GEO 2501

Division: Natural Science and Math
Department: Geology
Title: Geology Field Studies I

Semester Approved: Fall 2017
Five-Year Review Semester: Fall 2022
End Semester: Fall 2023

Catalog Description: This class is the study of specific areas in the field. The students will also be introduced to some of the basic skills required of a field geologist. The course will consist of a few short meetings and a three or four day field trip. This class is designed for majors and others interested. The field trip is required. This course may be repeated twice.

Semesters Offered: Fall
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 1; Lecture: 0; Lab: 2

Prerequisites: GEO 1010 or 1110 or permission of instructor

Justification: This course designed for geology majors and others interested in learning to apply the principles of geology in the field. Because Snow College only offers first year geology courses, it allows majors to continue to learn concepts and skills that will be important to them as geology majors. This class is most similar to USU GEO 2500 and GEO 2000 at SUU and fulfills part of the geology requirements for graduation.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the class the student will be able to: 

identify the rock units of the field area in the field and interpret their geologic history 

identify and fossils encounetered in the field area and use these to interpret the geologic history of the area 

understand the age of different rock units in the field area 

interpret the landforms in each area both tetonic and erosional causes 

identify any geologic structures present in an area 

understand any other geologic phenomena in the field area including modern erosional processes and geologic hazards 

understand the geologic history of the area studied 

draw stratigraphic and/or structural cross sections of selected geological areas 

find a location on a map using a variety of methods 

demonstrate accepted methods for keeping accurate field notes and/or write a paper summarizing the geology of the area 

demonstrate the ability to use some common field techniques such as brunton compass, mapping skills, measuring sections 

Students will be assessed through attendance, participation, quizzes, homework, field reports or field notes 

Content will vary depending on semester and students. The instructor will vary field trips and evaluation to help students learn a variety of geology and geologic techniques.

Key Performance Indicators:
attendance and participation in the field: 30-50% 

quizzes and homework: 0-30% 

field notes/report: 30-70% 








Representative Text and/or Supplies:
Reading may or may not be required for this class and will vary with field area.

Pedagogy Statement:

Maximum Class Size: 12
Optimum Class Size: 6