GEO 295 - Field Studies in the Geosciences
This course is designed for students who wish to study a specific geologic or geographic topic or locality in a focused, hands-on, field setting. A significant 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, 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. Two examples include "Field Studies in the Geosciences/Volcanic Landscapes of the Western US" or "Field Studies in the Geosciences/Geologic History of the Pacific Northwest". Additional fees for travel, lodging, food, and other field expenses may 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.
Course Offered Spring