NOVA 2013 Rockies regional field geology course

GOL 295: Regional Field Geology of the Northern Rocky Mountains

This is a 2-week field course examining the geology of the Northern Rocky Mountains, USA. Dates will be June 29-July 14, 2013. The trip will begin and end in Bozeman, Montana and will be co-taught by Callan Bentley (Northern Virginia Community College)  and Pete Berquist (Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, Virginia). Travel will be in two or three large vans, and accommodations will be a mix of dormitory residence (at Montana State University, Bozeman for four days) and camping (for ten days). The pre-trip meetings (two) will be in CS 217 (the geology lab on the Annandale campus).

This course is a successful and highly-regarded collaboration. This is the fiftth time the class has been offered. One former student reported that “I learned more in those two weeks than I’ve learned in any other class or learning experience, anytime, ever.” It’s a mind-blowing, fun, adventurous experience.

Western Montana and Wyoming showcase tectonic, sedimentary, geomorphic, and volcanic features which provide world-class examples of geologic processes. Students in this course will complete field studies of locations in Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, as well as several other field sites. The course will involve VERY STRENUOUS outdoor physical activity: Students are expected to hike several miles at high elevations in rough, cold mountainous terrain in order to accomplish course objectives. Airfare, lodging, transportation, & some group supplies are covered in the $1600 course fee (does NOT include tuition or food). Food will be bought and prepared in small (3-5 person) food groups which will be organized according to dietary preference.

If you are interested in more details about this class, we want to hear from you. Email


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