GEOS 414 Summer Field School
The Summer 2021 University of Arizona Summer Field School (GEOS 414) application is now closed. Please try again next year!
Summer 2020 Admitted Applicants should complete a new Summer 2021 Application but do not need to resubmit a letter of recommendation. Admission is guaranteed for Summer 2020 Admits only.
Additional information on our Summer 2021 GEOS 414 Field Camp experience is provided below.
The University of Arizona’s capstone Geology field course, GEOS 414, is a 5-week, 6-credit intensive field course offered each summer. The course or an equivalent course at another university is required for the Geology and Geophysics sub-plans within the UA Geosciences B.S. major. GEOS 414 or an equivalent course can fulfill the 6-unit Capstone Experience for the Earth, Oceans, & Climate sub-plan requirement as well. The Summer 2021 course will run from July 09 – August 12, 2021.
For summer 2020, the estimated cost breakdown for students (in-state and out-of-state) was as follows. This information will be updated once the UA Summer 2021 Tuition and Fee Rates have been posted.
$400 deposit$1,970 transportation & food$2,953 tuition & fees (6-units summer)$5,323 estimated total
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 an 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 20-25 students each summer. Admission is therefore not guaranteed for UA students. All qualified students from the University of Arizona or other institutions are welcome to apply. However, admission is competitive, based on GPA and the 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 the UA GEOS 414 Field Camp, to ensure they are able to complete the course in a timely fashion. UA GEOS BS students who are attempting to complete their Capstone Field Camp Experience in Summer 2021 may do so with an in-person, online, or combination of in-person and online experiences. Currently, online Field Camp Experiences have not been approved for future semesters.
Information on other field camps can be found on the following websites, or in a list provided by UA Geosciences.
Applicants must upload a PDF copy of their unofficial transcript to their on-line application. A faculty letter of recommendation is required. Applicants should be prepared to provide the name of their faculty recommender in their application. The student may upload a PDF copy of the faculty letter to the on-line application or their faculty member may email the letter of recommendation to Shawna Matteson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- CLOSED: 2021 Field Camp Application (GEOS 414)
- GEOS 414 Field Camp Info Guide: Summer 2021
- Admitted Summer 2021 Participants should turn in the following release forms for enrollment in GEOS 414 as soon as possible.
- Field Camp Equipment List (See page 4-6 of the Camp Info Guide)
- Physical and Safety Acknowledgement Form (See page 9-11 of the Camp Info Guide)
- NEW! COVID Declaration Form (See page 12 of the Camp Info Guide)
- Field Camp Release and Waiver Form (See page 13 of the Camp Info Guide)
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