Welcome to the Concord University
2015 Geology Field Camp Site


Photos: Left, 2011 field camp experiencing a beach-worthy day at Independence Pass, Colorado; Center, Arches National Park, Utah; Right, 2005 camp participants contemplating the pros and cons of meteorite impacts at Canyonlands National Park, Utah.

$500 Deposit is due by Feb. 1, 2015, payable to CU Research & Development Corp. (unless other arrangements have been made)

General Information:

How do geologists know what they know about geologic time? How do they strive to understand physical processes that operate on Earth, such as how earthquakes work and how mountain rise? The answer to these questions lies buried within the Earth's rock record. Concord's field course addresses these questions by helping you develop an understanding of field research and how it is connected to data derived in the laboratory. Our field camp will help you develop an authentic understanding of field relations, geologic processes, and geologic time. The course will also develop your ability to think and work as a geoscientist and increase your confidence. In order to accomplish this, you will learn to produce geologic maps, collect and record reliable field data, and test hypotheses. The experience builds teamwork while mapping igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks with differing deformation histories.

The Concord University geology field camp is offered for 6 semester hours and includes approximately 5 weeks of field work from late May through the end of June. Projects include mapping and interpretation of: (1) Faulted Precambrian and Paleozoic rocks at the margin of the Laramide White River uplift in Glenwood Canyon, Colorado, (2) Faulted Precambrian and Mesozoic rocks along the flanks of the Uncompahgre uplift near Grand Junction and Crested Butte, Colorado, (3) Precambrian high-grade metamorphic rocks and fault rocks in the Sawatch Range near Leadville, Colorado, (4) Eocene volcanic rocks near Buena Vista, Colorado, and (5) Mesozoic strata on the Colorado Plateau at Arches National Park, Utah. Regional field trips to several national parks and monuments are scheduled between field exercises to examine the geological evolution of the Rocky Mountains and Colorado Plateau. Prerequisites: 12 hours in geology, including one year of introductory geology (Geol 101 and Geol 202) and an additional upper-level lab course in geology (Geol 370 - Earth Materials and Minerals). Most participants will also have completed coursework in structural geology and petrology. Limited enrollment by students outside of Concord University is available on a first-come, first-served basis subject to space limitations (2014 admission is not available). For additional information, contact:

Dr. J.L. Allen
[send email to: allenj (type at symbol) concord.edu]
Department of Physical Sciences
Concord University
Athens, WV 24712
304-384-5238


COST: The total cost for the trip will be $1300 (tentative travel fee) plus tuition for Concord students. The travel fee will include lodging, ~75% of meals, and transportation. The cost for non-Concord students will be approximately $2220 plus tuition and institutional fees (~$1242/$2760 in-state/out-of-state in 2013).

Some externally funded scholarships are available for qualified students. Additional federal financial aid for the trip may be available during the Fall semester if you qualify. Ask the instructor or the financial aid office for more details.

Photo: Some of the 2013 field camp participants on the summit of Mt. Elbert (14,439 ft) - the highest peak in the Rocky Mountains and the second highest peak in the contiguous United States. Photo courtesy of Sheena Harper Photography.

J.L. Allen Home

This page updated 8/28, 2013