College of Science & Engineering

Field Course Information

WWU Geology Field Camp

Currently only WWU students are able to apply for field camp spring/summer quarters. Spring field camp accepts 20 applicants and Summer field camp accepts 30 applicants.

Prerequisites: Physical Geology (211 or 101 & 211A), Earth History (212), Structural Geology (318), Petrology (406), Stratigraphy & Sedimentation (415). (Note that although a field methods course is not required, basic knowledge such as use of a Brunton compass, pacing, topographic maps, etc. is expected.)

Estimated Spring Field Camp Tuition

 

Resident

Non-Resident

Tuition 

$3132

$4908

Fees

$375

$375

Department Fee (includes transportation/camping costs)

$942

$942

Estimated Food Costs (rough estimate – depends on group and types of food)

$15-20 per day

$15-20 per day

Estimated Summer Field Camp Tuition

 

Resident

Non-Resident

Tuition (estimated as of summer '19)

$2781

$8230

Fees

$375

$375

Department Fee

(includes transportation/camping costs)

$942

$942

Estimated Food Costs (rough estimate – depends on group and types of food)

$15-20 per day

$15-20 per day

 

There are some scholarships that are specific to assisting students with field camp costs. Please check them out if you need financial assistance for field camp or a field study course.

  • Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG) - Beardsley-Kuper Field Camp Scholarship Fund, deadline is February of each year. 
  • NAGT scholarship for field study for all students. Application deadline February of each year.
  • NAGT & AWG - Crawford Field Camp Scholarship (specifically for women studying in the geosciences). Application deadline February of each year.
  • GSA/ExxonMobil Field Camp Scholar Award summer field camp assistance
  • The Geology Department provides 1-2 small scholarships to help defray field camp costs. This scholarship is for any field course and is based on merit and need.  Write a short paragraph explaining why (academically and personally) you deserve this scholarship. Deadlines will be announced at pre-trip meetings.

Other Field Camp Opportunities: Please note if you decide to attend a field camp from another institution or institute you must clear it through the Department Chair.  https://www.usgs.gov/science-support/osqi/yes/resources-teachers/

WWU Geology Field Camp Instructors
Spring Quarter - Dr. Liz Schermer (away on sabbatical AY 19-20), Dr. Colin Amos, Dr. Sean Mulcahy
Summer Quarter - Dr. Bernie Housen, Dr. Doug Clark, Dr. Brady Foreman, Dr. Sean Mulcahy
 
Accommodations: 100% tent camping. Groups of 3-5 will be formed for cooking purposes. Campground costs will be paid out of fees, together with transportation costs and other group expenses. Food costs are borne by each student. You must provide your own camping/cooking gear, although often students "buddy up" in small tent groups to save money.

Conditions / Preparedness: This is a rigorous field mapping course; you must be in good physical condition to participate. Although no technical skills are necessary, some field locations require hiking on steep terrain at high elevation (up to 11,000 feet). Others may require working in hot, dry conditions (occasional daytime temperatures can reach 105 degrees F; average temperatures 70-95 degrees F). Snow conditions are not unusual during spring field camp.

Spring Locations: Oregon, California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah (Subject to change depending on instructor)

Summer Locations: Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Oregon (Subject to change depending on instructor)