Field Camp Information

University of Arizona Summer Field School

 July 7 - August 8, 2017

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GEOS 414 – Field Camp



The University of Arizona’s capstone Geology field course, GEOS 414, is a 5-week long, 6-credit intensive field course offered each summer. The course or an equivalent course at another university is required for the Geology and Geophysics tracks within the Geosciences Major. Our course will cost $4,289 for the summer of 2017, and will run from July 7 through August 8.

Students enrolled in GEOS 414 will put into action principles and knowledge acquired in their on-campus courses in geology and geophysics. Students will study a broad range of rock types in various tectonic and geomorphological settings, often in the context of creating geological maps, in order to learn the geological and tectonic history of the western North American Cordilleran orogenic belt. The various exercises are designed to provide students with understanding of the Cordillera as an integrated tectonic system.

Students depart from Tucson in University vehicles, accompanied by professors and teaching assistants, and travel from campsite to campsite for the duration of the 5-week period. GEOS 414 will be the most physically and scientifically challenging course students take during their undergraduate curriculum and they must be prepared for long days of strenuous physical exercise, variable weather conditions, and extremely rough terrain. Students must also be properly attired and equipped to carry out this work safely. Backcountry campgrounds have limited facilities. Cell phone reception is also limited and students should not expect to be in contact by phone with friends/family.

Because students in GEOS 414 are supervised 24/7 by faculty and safety standards must be met, space in the UA field course is limited to 25 students each summer. Admission is therefore not guaranteed for UA students. All qualified students from the University of Arizona are welcome to apply. However, admission is competitive and based on GPA and overall quality of the application.
Many other universities offer 6-credit field camps that can be transferred to UA, so students are urged to apply for a variety of field camps around the U.S. as well as ours, to ensure they are able to complete the course in a timely fashion.

Information on other field camps can be found at or in a list provided by UA Geosciences.

The application deadline for 2017 field camp has passed.

Applicants must email a PDF copy of their unofficial transcript to after they submit the on-line application.

Field Camp Application

Field Camp Release Form

Physical and Safety Requirements for Geology Field Camp

Field Camp Equipment List


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