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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 additional course fees of $800 each.


Planned dates and sections for 2020 are below. Titles below link to detailed information from 2019. 2020 DATES ARE TENTATIVE. Updated information for this year’s field camp will be posted by November 1, 2019.

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 formation

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.


Gigantic stromatalites in Glacier National Park

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 will write their letter of recommendation and upload a document (.pdf or .jpg) outlining their prerequisite coursework or equivalents.

The online field camp application will be available here soon – should be up now, but the University is having technical difficulties with online forms.  Please check back, and thank your for your patience.

John Day formation

Application deadline is February 18, 2020, although applications may be accepted beyond that date on a space-available basis.  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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