GEOL - 410 Field Geology


June 17- July 19 , 2019 - Second Session

Ranch A - Wyoming

GEOL 410 Field Geology - Six semester credits

Application Deadline: May 31, 2019


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Cost: $4,595.00 for consortium members and $4,995 non-consortium. Includes tuition, all fees, lodging, food and transportation from Rapid City.  Deposit of $400 is due at registration. Two nights camping.
  • Important Dates: June 17, Monday 8:00 AM- Meet at SDSM&T. If you are arriving on Sunday, June 10 let us know so we can arrange for lodging (included) in Rapid City.

  • July 19, Friday - Last day of camp.1:00 PM: Earliest you can leave Ranch A Field Station

  • 4:00 PM: Earliest you can Fly out of out of Rapid City. You can stay at SDSM&T dorms if you need to fly out the next day.                     


The Precambrian metamorphic,  Phanerozoic sedimentary, and Tertiary igneous rocks of the Black Hills set the stage for the field course. They provide a varied and challenging setting for the instruction and practice in geologic mapping at various scales, using topographic maps, and aerial photographs as base maps.


The course includes preparation of stratigraphic columns, geologic maps, structural cross sections, and completion of formal reports for selected locations in the Black Hills. Successive projects involve greater geologic complexity, and one project will emphasize assessment of mineral resources. Practical applications to environmentally related problems and hydrogeology are emphasized.




Prerequisites include: completion of junior year of study,  Physical Geology, Mineralogy, Petrology, Stratigraphy/Sedimentation, and Structural Geology, or consent of the Director

  • The cost includes all fees (including $100 field fee), food, travel from RC and lodging, while at the course.

  • Lodging for the duration of the course will be at the historic log mansion at Ranch A, near Beulah, Wyoming.

  • There is a course limit of 30 persons.

  • In addition to standard Brunton compasses, students will utilize GPS for detailed mapping.

  • Eight-hour days are expected in the field with reports and maps completed during evening hours, Fridays and Saturdays.

  • Each week comprises six days of work with Sundays free for individual activities. Some optional Sunday field trips are planned for students unfamiliar with the Black Hills.

  • July 4th is considered a work day



Geology professors and staff from: South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and other universities


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