GEOL 480: Geologic Field Methods

Geology 480 is a required field class that introduces students to the principles and applications of basic geologic field methods.  This class includes construction of bedrock geologic maps and cross sections as well as field note taking, geologic mapping, stratigraphic section measurement, and construction. The students are required to complete several field projects, including written summary reports.

Valdez Group Turbidites

Southwest of Anchorage along Turnagain Arm, students examine turbidite deposits of the Cretaceous Valdez Group.


GEOL 481: Alaskan Field Investigations

Geology 481 is the follow up class to 480 where students are required to complete advanced field projects related to Alaskan coal and gold mining, permafrost environments, Pleistocene glacial environments, tectonics and volcanic hazards within southern and central Alaska. The field excursions include the following:

  1. Mapping of sedimentary, metamorphic, and volcanic rocks

  2. Mapping of Quaternary deposits from aerial photographs.

  3. Measurement and construction of stratigraphic sections.

Birch Creek schist

Field Camp students examine the Precambrian Birch Creek Schist near Healy, AK