Western Michigan University's Department of Geosciences offers two field courses, all of which take place during the summer sessions.
- The Hydrogeology Field Course is now offered in both summer I and summer II. Information about the Hydrogeology Field Course can be found on its webpage.
- GEOS 5390: Geological mapping is offered during summer I, from June 3 to June 16, 2017.
GEOS 5390:Geological mapping
Required for majors in geology and geophysics (optional for hydrogeology majors)
Geological mapping is a course designed for students training for a professional career in geology. This course provides students with field mapping experiences, starting with rudimentary rock observations and compass use and ending with an extended, independent mapping project. Activities will include rock identifications, contact mapping, orientations of planar and linear features in rocks, cross-section and stereographic constructions, tectonic interpretations and reconstructions of the depositional, thermal and deformational history of the Marquette region. Upon departing from Kalamazoo, the class will spend a week visiting the Leelanau Peninsula, Tahquamenon Falls State Park and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The following week will be spent in the Marquette area for the purpose of field exercises, cross-section constructions, sample collecting and geological discussions.
Professor: Dr. Peter Voice
Tuition (current rates for 3 credits)
Lodging and transportation
Lodging includes camping for three nights in State Parks and ten nights in a dorm at Northern Michigan University. Transportation will be via WMU-provided vehicles only.
Meals and incidentals
These expenses will vary depending on each individual's needs. Meals can be purchased at the NMU Student Union, in restaurants or be prepared at campsites. Incidental expenses will be for supplies, laundry, etc.
Students already admitted to Western Michigan University should register for GEOS 5390 as a summer-term course which will meet continuously for two weeks. Formal admission for non-WMU students is not required for this course; non-WMU students may participate by filing for Permission to Take Classes (PTC) status. Additional information will be supplied upon request.
For questions about course structure, content or scheduling, contact:
- Dr. Peter Voice
GEOS 5390: Geologic mapping
For questions about registering for a course, contact: