Summer and Intersession Field Courses

The department offers the following graduate and undergraduate field courses for practical, hands-on training and experiences in Earth and Environmental Sciences subjects. Additional new field courses are under development and they will be available in the near future.

Undergraduate (B.A. and B.S.)

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Field Courses for Undergraduate Students (B.A., B.S.)

  1. EES 40xx Ground Water Monitoring & Remediation (3.0 Hours): An introduction to various field practices employed by groundwater scientists and engineers for the remediation of contaminated groundwaters and aquifer restoration. This includes discussion of physical, chemical and biological treatment techniques for cleanup. Contact Dr. Abinash Agrawal for course schedule and other details.
     
  2. Field camp (6 Hrs): The EES Department requires 9 hours of field training, offered as the following modules. Undergraduate EES majors will be required to take 4 out of a total of 5 modules for a total of 9 credit hours in order to complete the field training or field camp requirement. Modules I and II should be taken together but modules III, IV and V can be taken separately. Please inquire from your faculty advisor, should you have questions.
    • EES 4340 Mapping Methods, 2 credit hours (Module I: 1 week).
      Instructors: Dr. Songlin Cheng and Dr. Ernest Hauser
      Using GIS as a mapping tool: Introduction of ArcGIS; raster vs. vector GIS; Areal photo and digital line graph (DLG) import; map projection and georeferencing systems; field data collection using GPS/ArcPad; final map production.
       
    • EES 4350 Field Mapping, 2 credit hours (Module II: 2 weeks).
      Instructor: Dr. Charles Ciampaglio of Lake Campus
      This module stresses field mapping. Students will produce geologic maps and their accompanying stratigraphic columns. The study area is central Utah, a transition zone between the Basin and Range physiographic province to the west and the Colorado Plateau physiographic province to the east. This location coincides spatially with the eastern limit of deformation of the Sevier fold-thrust belt. Initially, the course focuses on refining pre-existing mapping skills, learning new techniques, and measuring stratigraphic columns. Using this skill set, students are given several different areas to map. Mapping assignments progressively reveal the complex geologic history of central Utah through the study of primarily sedimentary and igneous units. Students will have an opportunity to observe volcanic fields and associated volcanoclastic deposits, in addition to deposition of Sevier foreland basin deposits from the edge of the thrust sheets through alluvial, fluvial, lacustrine, and shallow marine deposits. [The recommended pre-requisite courses for this module include: (1) EES 417 Stratigraphy or EES 316 Earth Materials III: Sedimentology, and (2) EES 412 Introduction to Structural Geology].
       
    • EES 4360 Environmental Field Techniques, 2 credit hours (Module III: 1 week).
      Instructor: Dr. Songlin Cheng
      Surface and ground water sampling: sampling methods, sample treatment and preseervation. Gound-water monitoring well design principles, drilling methods and well construction, well development; drilling demonstration using hollow stem auger. Multi-level sampling at Sycamore Farm; major ion analysis of collected samples; comparison of water chemistry profile and geology at Sycamore Farm.
       
    • EES 4xxx Geophysical Field Techniques, 2 credit hours (Module IV: 1 week).
      Instructor: Dr. Ernest Hauser
       
    • EES 4xx Paleontological Field Techniques, 2 credit hours (Module V: 1 week).
      Instructor: Dr. Charles Ciampaglio of Lake Campus
      This module includes study of the geology and paleontology of Black Hills, South Dakota. During this field training, the following competencies will be established: Stratigraphic Mapping, Fossil Excavation and Preservation, Fossil Identification, followed by their synthesis of information to construct a comprehensive geological picture. Site visits includes the Badlands, Mammoth Hot Springs, the South Dakota School of Mining & Technology Geology Museum, Black Hills Institute and Deadwood, SD, as well as numerous paleontological sites.

Graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.)

Field Courses for Graduate Students (M.S., Ph.D.)

EES 60xx Ground Water Monitoring & Remediation (3.0 Hours):
An introduction to various field practices employed by groundwater scientists and engineers for the remediation of contaminated groundwaters and aquifer restoration. This includes discussion of physical, chemical and biological treatment techniques for cleanup. Contact Dr. Abinash Agrawal for course schedule and other details.

Graduate (M.S.T.)

Field Courses for Graduate Students (M.S.T.)

EES 6170 Field and Laboratory Studies of Coastal Processes (2 Credit Hours): This course consists of a one day orientation to the seashore environment, a four-day field trip to the New Jersey shore, and a day of additional laboratory work after the trip. Contact Dr. William Slattery for course schedule and other details. Course fee (transportation & lodging): $250.

EES 6390 Caves, Rivers & Earthquake Field Studies (2 Credit Hours): A four-day field course to western Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri and Indiana. Major topics include karst features in and around Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, fluvial processes along the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, and geological consequences of earthquakes at the Reelfoot lake, Tennessee and New Madrid, Missouri areas. Visit to an open-cast coal mining operation near Evansville, Indiana, and the Paleozoic history of the mid-western US at the Falls of the Ohio, near Louiseville, KY. Contact Dr. Abinash Agrawal for course schedule and other details. Course fee (transportation & lodging): $250.

EES 6400 Glacial Landforms: Ohio to the Fingerlakes (2 Credit Hours): A four-day field trip from Ohio to the Finger Lakes region of central NY examining, photographing, and studying the classic landforms and deposits associated with continental glaciation (i.e., drumlins, etc.), and subsequent evolution (i.e., Lake Erie shoreline retreat, Niagara Falls). Contact Dr. Ernest Hauser for course schedule and other details. Course fee (transportation & lodging): $250.

EES 6410 Physical Geology/Natural History of Ohio (2 Credit Hours): An introduction to the rich geological history, mineral resources and geological hazards of Ohio through day-long field trips. Contact Dr. Ernest Hauser for course schedule and other details. Course fee (transportation): $100.