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2020 Summer Geology Field Camp

A six week course in Oregon and southwestern Montana

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Abert Rim, Oregon, uplifted along a normal fault

Field camp consists of three ~2 week sections.  Choose one, two, or all three (Geology majors typically take all three).  To attend all three sections, there are course prerequisites of Field Methods, Mineralogy, Petrology, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, and Structural Geology or an equivalent level of expertise and instructor permission.  Prerequisites for individual sections depend upon the section you plan to attend.

4 quarter credits per section.  University tuition/fees will be posted here. Every section will have an additional course fee of $800 each.


Planned dates and sections for 2020 are below. Titles below link to detailed information for each section.  We are committed to a gender balance of instructors in each section.

Tectonics or Paleontology:  North Central Oregon June 19-July 4
A: Mapping of regional geology and active fault zones
B: Stratigraphy and paleontology of the John Day Basin formations

Volcanology and Paleoclimate: Central Oregon July 5-July 20
A: Characterize explosive, intrusive, and effusive products
B: Apply geochemical methods to investigate climate change as recorded by lake sediments

Classic Mapping: SW Montana July 21-Aug 6
Rocky Mountain geology and Glacier National Park trip.  Develop field techniques in mapping of complex bedrock structures and world-class stratigraphy.

Depending upon enrollment numbers and student interest, A & B projects may be run concurrently (you choose one) or in sequence.

Free first aid/CPR training and certification is available to all students enrolled in the first section of our field camp course.


To Apply:

To complete the application, you should have a copy of your transcript(s) handy and know the date of your last tetanus immunization or booster.  Non-UO students will also need to provide the name of the geoscience professor who they will ask to write their letter of recommendation and upload a document (.pdf or .jpg) outlining their prerequisite coursework or equivalents.

The online field camp application is now open and available here. There is no application fee, and if you have all your materials at hand, it should only take about 10 minutes to complete.

John Day formation

Application deadline was February 18, 2020, but we have a few openings left in each section!  Applications will be reviewed and approved on a first-come, first-served basis until all sections are full. 

Accepted students will need to pay $100 per section of their course fees up front as a non-refundable deposit.  As an example, a student enrolling in all three sections will need to pay $300 of their course fees up front to reserve their place in the sections. The deadline for this payment will be within four weeks of acceptance notification, as stated in the acceptance email.

See links below for more information.

Camp lecture with trailer whiteboard

Field camp student expenses, including costs from 2019
Field study scholarship opportunities
Equipment List for 2019 (updated in May, similar year to year)
UO Field Camp FAQ
Camp Safety and Anti-Harassment policies



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