Arizona Field Camp

December 27, 2024 - January 12, 2025 - Three credits


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December 27, 2024 - January 17, 2025 - Four credits


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Registration Deadline: July 30, 2024



Cost: $3,895 - Three credits and $4,895 four credits. Deposit $300 (required upon registration). Cost includes tuition, fees, food, lodging and daily transportation to the sites. Cost does not include airfare to Las Vegas. Each session limited to 20 students.


Important Dates: Students will be picked up in Las Vegas at 2:00PM on December 27 and drive to Bullhead City. We will drop off  in Las Vegas before 11:00 AM on January 12 - 3 credits and Jan. 17 - 4 credits.

Introduction: This camp, based in Bullhead City, AZ. Students will map map variety of geological environments ranging from easy sedimentary strata to igneous and metamorphic complexes. Students will: make geologic observations and maps, measure stratigraphic sections, collect structural data and conduct simple structural analyses;  construct geologic cross sections; interpret geologic history from both local and regional geologic relations. Mapping techniques will utilize both topographic base maps and GPS.


Prerequisites: Physical geology, mineralogy and/or petrology required; structural geology helpful but not required.

Physical Demands: Field work will involve working in rugged and steep terrain.  Some projects may include demanding hikes of considerable length and elevation gain. Students are expected to be physically and mentally prepared to work in these conditions.

Facilities: We will be staying in a motel style housing in Bullhead City, AZ. No camping.

Climate: Weather around Bullhead City in January is unpredictable. Days can be warm pleasant, but cold weather is not that uncommon, and nights are cold. The average January high is 67˚F; the average low is 40˚F. Students should expect variable conditions with the potential for cold, windy, and perhaps even wet weather.

Textbooks: Geology in the Field, 1985, Robert R. Compton. (Note: This text is now out of print, so please try to find one online if you don't have it already).

Field Equipment: Geologic rock hammer and hammer holder, Hand lens (10x), Mechanical and colored pencils (#2 lead (or harder) and variety of colors), (2) Pilot extra fine (0.5) black RT pens, Field notebook(s), Daypack and/or field vest for carrying field supplies, H2O bottles, Clip/map board, Protractor and straight edge, Pocket knife (good for a lot of things as well as a scratch test tool), Grain-size chart, Dilute HCl ,Safety glasses, Calculator, Good quality digital camera (with downloading capabilities), Laptop computer, Sunscreen, Lip balm, Sunglasses

Field clothing: Sturdy hiking boots (mandatory),Rain jacket, Fleece jacket (idea is to dress in thin, light, and breathable layers that can be added or subtracted according to conditions), Light-weight leather work gloves, Field hat.















For more information contact:

Dr. Umit Yildiz, Arizona Camp Coordinator




Dr. Nuri Uzunlar

Director, Black Hills Natural Sciences Field Station 

Professor, Geology and Geological Engineering Department

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Office Phone: (605) 394 - 2494 and  Cell: (605) 431-1275

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