GEO 295 - Field Studies in Geology
This course is designed for students who wish to study a specific geologic topic or locality in a focused, hands-on, field setting. A portion of the course work is completed during traditional weekly meetings on-campus, prior to the required travel to the field locality. The remaining portion of the course work is completed in the field at a local or distant location depending upon the title and focus of the course for a given semester. Students will make field observations, create sketches, record data, complete individual and group projects, and construct a field notebook detailing all aspects of their field experience. The course title will have a sub-title attached to it for any given semester identifying the field setting for that semester. For example, "Field Studies in Geology: Yellowstone Supervolcano and Geologic Landscapes of the West". Successful completion of GEO 101 (or equivalent introductory physical geology course) is recommended.
Instructor approval is required for course registration. Additional fees for travel, lodging, food, and other field expenses will apply.
Prerequisites: One Geology or Geography class preferred; permission of the instructor(s) required
SUNY General Education: SUNY-NS - Natural Sciences (SNSC)
MCC General Education: MCC-CT - Critical Thinking (MCT), MCC-SCI - Scientific Reasoning (MSCI)
Course Learning Outcomes
1. Identify geological, geographical, biological, or chemical factors that shape the field setting.
2. Record scientific observations at a particular field setting.
3. Interpret field observations to determine geologic history.
4. Utilize scientific equipment in the collection of field data.
5. Construct a scientific notebook containing field observations.
6. Execute field-based projects.
7. Report results of field-based scientific projects.
8. Identify the influence of plate tectonics in a given field setting.