Summer Field Camp Course Information

Contact Information

Dr. David B. Hacker
Director, Geology Summer Field Camp
Kent State University
Kent, OH 44242
dhacker@kent.edu
Dr. Hacker's Voicemail: (330) 672-7883
Department of Geology Secretary: (330) 672-2680

PROGRAM OF STUDY

ITINERARY

MANUAL OF FIELD SAFETY

APPLICATION INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS

  • Download PDF (includes application form). 
  • $100 Deposit and completed application form should be submitted to Dr. Hacker's mailbox in the Geology office, 221 McGilvrey Hall. Cash or checks only, checks made out to Director, Geology Summer Field Camp
  • For planning purposes, completed applications and deposits must be submitted by Monday, February 28th, 2022.
  • All questions should be directed to Dr. Hacker at dhacker@kent.edu

SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

KSU Geology majors may apply for KSU Field Camp Scholarships.

LOCATION

Black Hills, South Dakota and adjacent parts of Wyoming

DATES - June 8 - July 13, 2022

Annually in June and July, during Kent State's Summer Session I.

COURSE AND CREDITS

Geology 41092 (undergraduate) and 51092 (graduate) carry six semester hours of credit. This course is required for all B.S. candidates in the Department of Geology and for entering graduates students who have not completed a Field Camp requirement as part of their undergraduate study.

PREREQUISITES

Earth Materials I (or Mineralogy), Earth Materials II (or Petrology), and Structural Geology

SUGGESTED BACKGROUND COURSES

Students would also benefit from classes in Paleontology, and Geomorphology, although these are not required.

FACILITIES

Accommodations are in a dormitory at the Black Hills State University, Spearfish, South Dakota. Meals are provided through the college Monday through Saturday lunch and these board expenses are covered in the general charge listed below. Other meals are the responsibility of the students. Students also provide their own bedding and towels. During the traveling portion of the session, students are responsible for their own food costs.

SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT

See the "Information Packet for Students" above.

INSTRUCTORS

The staff consists of senior faculty and experienced instructors at a staff-to-student ratio of about 1 to 10.

ESTIMATED FEES AND COSTS

(Exclusive of personal expenses, food and lodging while traveling, and subject to change)

ESTIMATED FEES AND COSTS
Student Category Tuition Room, Board, Maintenance, Camping Fees, Round Trip Transportation (Kent to Black Hills)
Undergraduate Ohio Resident $2,736.00 $2,040.00
Undergraduate Out-of-State $4,950.00 $2,040.00

FINANCIAL AID FOR KSU GEOLOGY STUDENTS

Many KSU undergraduate Geology students who attend field camp receive financial aid through merit or need based scholarships. Funds for these awards are raised by generous alumni donations and through fund raising activities of the KSU Geology Student Organizations. These awards must be used at the KSU field camp and you must be a currently enrolled and declared major in Geology at KSU to be eligible.

Please contact the Department Office for more information regarding eligibility and the application process for Summer Field Camp Financial Aid.

APPLICATION AND REGISTRATION

Send the KSU Summer Field Camp Application and a non-refundable fee of $100.00 (which is applied toward the total room, board, and maintenance fee) to Director, Geology Summer Field Camp, Kent State University, Kent OH 44242 by February 28, to ensure enrollment. Please make checks or money orders payable to Director, Geology Summer Field Camp. Pre-registration may be done by phone until mid-May. For guest student application (for Undergraduate credit) (for Graduate credit) and exact registration information, contact the Admissions and One Stop for Student Services.

I missed the deadline to send in my fee. Can I still send it in and attend Field Camp?

Please call the department office to see if it's too late to reserve a spot in our facilities. We have to reserve space well in advance of our trip, so the sooner you contact us, the more likely we'll be able to add a space.

2022 Virtual Field Camp Options

Indiana University Bloomington

Jul 10-31 2022 The virtual, online version of Field Geology Fundamentals in Montana and Wyoming is designed to teach students field geology skills, thought processes and workflows without requiring them to actually go into the field. It is recommended for students who are unable to participate in a rigorous field experience.

Wichita State University

Summer 2022: offering both a traditional, in-person trip as well as a virtual Minecraft alternative format, depending on student needs and travel/heal restrictions due to the ongoing COVID pandemic. 

The University of Minnesota's Wasatch-Uinta

May 17 - Jun 12, 2022 Modern geology careers require a working knowledge of digital technology and techniques, from pre-fieldwork planning to digital data collection to mapping in GIS programs. These skills are typically not the focus of a field-based geology field camp nor are they commonly the focus of on-line versions of field camps. Our course in applied digital field methods provides students with opportunities to develop important skills and expertise in these techniques. This course is among the first ADA accessible geoscience capstones in the US, and provides a capstone experience for both students requiring accommodations and non-traditional geology students. This course also provides valuable expertise for traditional geology students seeking additional coursework.

Virtual Economic Fieldcamp

May 19 - Jun 5, 2022 Students visit multiple virtual field sites using the Minecraft platform. They will learn standard field mapping techniques from measuring 3D virtual outcrops, prospect for silver veins with the industry-standard software, Leapfrog, and evaluate well logs for hydrocarbon deposits. No Minecraft experience necessary!