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Earth 137 &138 Summer Field Geology

Gain hands on field experience in our Summer Field Program!

  • Students will learn how to use Brunton compasses, collect data from the field, construct topographical maps, stratigraphic columns, geologic maps, and cross sections, and learn other useful skills necessary for field work.
  • Field segments will be in the White-Inyo Mountains and the Cuyama Badlands in a camp-style setting.
  • Recommended for any students who have completed at least one geology lab course.




Days and Times


Earth 137 – Introductory Field Geology

    Lab Module: June 5-June 16, 2017



M, T, F        8:30 am -12:15 pm

        W         8 – 5 pm

EBS 115

Earth 137 – Introductory Field Geology

    Field Module: June 17-June 23, 2017

     (back at SBCC eve. June 21)

Field project at Little Poleta, White-Inyo Mountains, California

Camp Noren

  1.     Assignments for each week will be due by noon each Friday, or earlier as announced.
  2.     Homework assignments might require you to stay longer in EBS 115 to use the geologic field      equipment.


   Earth 138 - Geology Field Camp

   June 30 - July 18, 2017

    (back at SBCC eve. July 15))


Daily routine:  Reveille at 6:00 a.m., Breakfast at 6:30 a.m., Full day of field mapping, Dinner at 7:00 p.m., Evening work until 10:00 p.m.

Camp Condor

  1. Everyone assists in food preparation and camp cleanup.
  2. July 4 - Free Day for all to clean up and relax (do laundry).
  3. Living quarters are tents and evening work is in a cabin with electricity, refrigerator, stove, etc.


What is the cost?
Earth 137 – The costs for food and transportation is $80; and scholarship help is available.  Additional costs for the Field Geology text (optional), colored pencils, pens, field workbooks, calculator, and field boots. 
Earth 138 - The cost for food and transportation is $275; and scholarship help is available.

Who should take it?  We recommend that students have a lecture and lab course such as Dynamic Earth. Extensive background (Mineralogy, Petrology, etc.) is not required. The Summer Field Geology Mapping courses are only offered every other year so the next course will be this summer 2019.  Any geology major who wants to get a head start to the Advanced Field Courses in major colleges and universities should take this course.  In fact some universities allow this course to transfer to the junior level Beginning Field Geology mapping course.  Both of these courses are transferable as electives for the geology program.

Who shouldn’t take it?  These courses move fast and a lot of work is required in both classes.  It is going to be HOT with numerous bugs and flies, a lot of hiking and climbing, and you need to be focused!  To take these courses you need to be physically fit, mentally alert, able to work in teams, and emotionally stable!

Footnote:  Earth 133 - Geology of Colorado Plateau is offered each summer while Earth 137 and Earth 138 are only offered every other summer. 

Questions and contact Info:

Jeff Meyer -
Bill Dinklage -

Scholarships are available for a limited number of applicants.

ERTH 137 Scholarship form

ERTH 138 Scholarship form


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