Field Geology (GEO 429R) - 3 Credits

Course description

The MSU Summer Geology Field Camp is a rigorous 3-week summer field course focused on field mapping and data collection in a wide range of geologic settings. The course emphasizes time-tested methods and also includes an introduction to cutting-edge electronic mapping & data collection. Students will master geologic map-making and professional report preparation through intensive problem-based exercises. GEO 429R is a project-based research course and fulfills requirements for an upper division capstone field course in geologic mapping and field techniques.


Major Topics

  • Structural mapping of folded and faulted sedimentary rocks
  • Structural mapping of metamorphic rocks & associated ductile structures
  • Mapping of intrusive igneous (plutonic) rocks
  • Mapping of volcanic rocks
  • Geomorphology & surficial mapping of fluvial, glacial and tectonic landforms
  • Precambrian geology and tectonics of the Wyoming craton and Great Falls Tectonic Zone
  • Regional geology and tectonics of the northern Rocky Mountains and Yellowstone geoecosystem
  • Fold-thrust belt tectonics


GEO 429R is a junior/senior level field course. Students must have successfully completed the following prerequisite courses prior to the start of field camp.

  • Earth History (GEO 211)
  • Mineralogy (GEO 302)
  • Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology or Sedimentary Petrology (GEO 305)
  • Sedimentation and Stratigraphy (GEO 309)
  • Structural Geology (GEO 315)
  • Field Methods (GEO 428) 

External (Non-MSU) Applicants:

We welcome applications from non-MSU students to attend our field camp. The number of external applicants admitted to our field camp will vary year-to-year based on the number of internal applicants. To be considered, please access the application by following this linkAfter the Field Camp Directors review your application and internal applications, you will be notified whether you are accepted or not. If accepted, you will receive instructions on how to apply to be a MSU non-degree seeking student.


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MSU Field Camp Information

Department of Earth Sciences,

Montana State University,     P.O. Box 173480,      Bozeman, MT 59717-3480

Location: 226 Traphagen Hall,     Tel: (406) 994-3331,     Fax: (406) 994-6923

Field Course Coordinators: Dr. Drew Laskowski, Dr. Devon Orme, Dr. Madison Myers
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