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EARTH 440: Geology Field Course

July 17 - Aug 16, 2019

Prof. Geissman and 440 students

Earth 440  Earth 440 is a broad, in-depth course covering all aspects of field geology (structure, sedimentology, metamorphic and igneous petrology, geophysics, and surficial processes). The principal goal of the course is to train students to recognize distinct lithological units and their 3-D relationships. Field projects include mapping and interpretation of deformed and faulted sedimentary, regional metamorphic, plutonic, and volcanic complexes. During the later part of the course, mapping projects and field trips will expose students to digital mapping techniques through the use of GeoPads (i.e., ruggedized TabletPCs, GIS software, GPS receivers, and digital data sets.) The course also includes a field project that utilizes modern geophysical tools to supplement traditional field observations and another project that focuses on surficial processes (geologically-relevant processes occurring on the short time scale), which are environmentally and ecologically important.


Earth 440 will be team taught by two Professors and two graduate student instructors. Faculty for summer 2018 include:

Session One: Prof. Nathan Niemi U-M E&ES, Prof. John Geissman U-T Dallas Geosciences,



Successful completion of courses in sedimentary and structural geology are required. Completion of courses in mineralogy, igneous and metamorphic petrology are recommended.


Requirement Fulfillment

Satisfies 5 LS&A Natural Science credits.

Satisfies field experience requirement for Earth concentration

Satisfies field experience requirement for PITE concentration.

For a full list of requirements this course fulfills please click here.

Fees & Tuition

Fees: In addition to tuition, a tenative program fee of $2200 will apply which covers the cost of food, lodging, books, & transportation. Accepted students have until April 30th, 2019 to cancel. Student cancellations after this date will be assessed the full Camp Davis program fee.

Tuition: Current tuition rates can be found at the U-M Registrar website. Non-UM (guest) students are charged upper division rates.  If you are unsure how to calculate your tuition cost, please contact us, and we would be happy to help.

 Tuition and program fees will be billed electronically to your student account in the 2nd week of June and will be due by June 30th.

Financial Aid

Earth & Environmental Sciences Grants:  The dept. of EE&S distributes funds each summer to student applicants based on both need and merit. Interested students should visit our Financial Aid page to apply.

Scholarships:  Students interested in obtaining external scholarships to help offset Earth 116 costs should visit our Financial Aid page for more information. It's important to note that while students are encouraged to apply, these external scholarship programs are not affiliated with U-M or the Dept. of Earth & Environmental Sciences.

U-M College of LS&A Financial Aid: The LSA Spring and/or Summer Scholarship provides financial support for spring and summer terms to qualified LSA students who have demonstrated financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid. This application process is separate from the Dept. of E&ES Grant program.

U-M Office of Financial Aid: Interested University of Michigan students are encouraged to apply directly for financial aid through the U-M Fin-Aid Office. This application process is separate from the Dept. of E&ES Grant program. 

Unfortunately, guest students are not eligible for E&ES Grants and U-M Fin-Aid.



Frequently Asked Questions

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers and additional information.  Please feel free to contact us directly with any additional questions or concerns. 

Phone: 734-615-8600


Application & Registration

To apply to the Earth 116 program:

  1. Click the link below and complete our online application. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis per U-M registration policy. Accepted students will be notified via email.
  2. Within 10 business days of acceptance students will be required to make a Commitment to Participate via the U-M M-Compass portal.
  3. In early March, committed U-M students will receive permission, via email, to register for the course in the Wolverine Access system. Committed students without an active U-M account will be required to submit a guest student application and registration will be handled by the E&ES Dept.
  4. Committed students who decide not to attend Camp Davis after the April 30th cancellation deadline will be charged the full $2000 program fee.

Camp Davis Application