Field Geology (GLY4790)

Hosted by: Florida State University

May 13, 2022 - June 22, 2022


Our field course will give upper level undergraduate and beginning graduate students the observational skills and experience, the interpretative framework, and the self confidence to undertake detailed field studies in a variety of geologic settings. We believe that students learn the most from hands-on experience, working daily to observe and measure geologic features and phenomena, to place these data into a larger Earth history framework, and to build hypotheses that they can test with continued work. Students are exposed to projects in which they learn and apply basic principals of stratigraphy, sedimentology, paleontology, structure, mineralogy and petrology to solving problems of varied complexity in a number of geologic settings. The field camp is located in a very scenic area of the Rocky Mountains where the Rio Grande Rift splits the Sangre de Christo and Brazos Mountains. Wheeler Peak (elevation 13,161 ft), the highest point in New Mexico, dominates the Taos Range and is clearly visible from our base camp near Taos. The historic community of Taos offers a unique mix of Hispanic, Native American, and Anglo cultures.



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Tuition - $1800.00
Other course fees - $1800.00

Other Important Information

We generally have 15-25 students in the camp, and our dedicated staff of two faculty instructors and several graduate students offer extensive individual instruction on a daily basis in the field. In the field, the students map in groups of three. We emphasize independent work on the part of the student and the 3-4 instructors spend each day in the field rotating among the field parties. In the evenings at the field station (a condo complex at the base of the Taos Ski Valley) we commonly have lecture/discussion sessions, and the instructors are always available for consultation. The field camp is a fully digital camp where final project assignments are completed using a variety of software which students will get training and first-hand experience with including: QGIS, Stereonet9, Adobe Illustrator, and MS-Office suite.

Contact Info

For more information, contact Seth Young ( or Jim Tull (