EAS X428 - Field Geology in the Rocky Mountains (June 29 – July 31, 2020) is our 5-credit capstone course designed to prepare students to be successful in a geoscience career and/or geoscience graduate school program. This course focuses on the integration of geology, geochemistry and geophysics to solve 4-dimensional geoscience problems.
For 2020 the virtual version of EAS X428 will replicate the immersive, hands-on, field geology course. It will allow you to build and integrate a diverse set of geoscience skills to solve geologic problems from outcrop to regional scale.
EAS X428 utilizes two primary learning techniques.
- Detailed field instruction, typically with a 7:1 or better student-to-faculty ratio. The standard week includes two days of detailed field instruction in one or more of the following:
- Describing rocks and measuring geologic attributes in the field;
- Detailed descriptions of sedimentary rocks and measurement of stratigraphic sections;
- Mapping and analyzing geologic structures;
- Geologic cross section construction and interpretation of a complex geologic history;
- Field studies of igneous and metamorphic rocks including cross-cutting relationships, compositional observations, and basic interpretation of pressure, temperature and depth conditions;
- Reconnaissance scale mapping of a large, geologically complex area.
- Followed by three days of applying these skills to a solve a problem.
- A major, thesis style project – a 1-week geologic mapping, analysis, and interpretation project for a relatively large area with significant geologic diversity and complexity. Each student works quasi-independently to produce a report including geologic maps, geologic cross sections, relevant data and analyses, an interpretation of the geologic history, and an explanation about how it fits into the regional geologic context.