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About ISU Geology Field Camp & Cost

The ISU Department of Geosciences offers a five-week, 6-credit capstone course in field geology every summer.

Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on developing an individuals ability to observe, record, and interpret field relationships. Students then prepare several complete geologic reports including digital data and maps. Students come from across the United States and their diverse backgrounds contribute to the learning experience.

Our field camp features a low student/faculty ratio with high standards. Exercises involve detailed rock descriptions and geologic mapping using air photos, topographic maps, GPS and remote sensing computer applications.

Be ready to "jump in with both feet" to an intensive 16 hour-a-day, 6 days-a-week group learning experience. Completed assignments are due several nights a week, with a culminating final map project due at the end of each field area.

Since the country is scenic and steep with rugged mountains the most important prerequisite is for you to be in robust physical condition, and be willing to push yourself in a cooperative group learning environment.

Those applying need to be a junior or senior Geoscience Major.  Specific course prerequisites are somewhat flexible, but Structural Geology and Sedimentary Geology are required with a minimum grade of "C" or better.


The total cost will be approximately $5800 for 2019, which includes everything;
the fees for a 6 credit class, plus the field camp costs which includes lodging, meals, and transportation from Pocatello.

PLEASE ! ! ! check with Ryan Goldsby or the Geosciences Office [208-282-3365] before paying any fees.


Contact Us

(208) 282-3365

(208) 282-4414

Idaho State University

921 S. 8th Ave

Mail Stop 8072

Pocatello, ID 83209-8072