EAS X428 is designed as a lower cost option for students who need or want a face-to-face field geology course to complete their degree requirements, but do not need a 6-credit capstone course. It includes the same material as the first five weeks of X429, but it does not include the subdiscipline concentration.
EAS E432 - The virtual, online version of Field Geology Fundamentals in Montana and Wyoming is designed for students who cannot or should not take a face-to-face course in the field for safety, health or life circumstances reasons. This course is as close as possible to a face-to-face course without actually going in the field. It utilizes: a) video lectures to replace the classroom and outcrop lectures; b) GPS located field video descriptions, photos, hand lens views, field notes, and field sketches of outcrops; c) Google Earth Pro for 3-D visualization of outcrop settings, tracing contacts away from the video field stations, etc.; d) topographic maps for geologic mapping; e) cross section construction, stereonet analysis, and other geologic analysis tools for interpretation.
This course is as academically rigorous as the IUGFS face-to-face field courses but does not pose the physical challenges and potential barriers. Most students who have taken this virtual course tell us they learned an immense amount about geologic mapping, geoscience interpretation, time management, and geoscience project management. However, most students also found the course very difficult because of the isolation of working online. As currently configured this course requires about 30 hours of structured learning plus up to 25 hours of “homework” per week for four consecutive weeks.
This course is currently in the review and approval process. It will probably be 4-weeks, 4-credits. Updates, including costs will be posted as soon as available.