Field Camp


May 17 - June 17, 2021

Application Deadline: May 1, 2021

At this time, the UTA Department of EES is not accepting Field Camp applications from students enrolled at other universities.

Online application form link for GEOL 3387 and GEOL 3388 Field Camp: Application *The application period for 2021 Field Camp is closed.*


Although we are unable to conduct our traditional Field Camp in New Mexico due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will be meeting face-to-face this year! Students will have the opportunity for in-field data collection through a series of day trips paired with corresponding classroom and laboratory instruction.

Week 1: Physical and Geochemical Lake Studies

Week 2: Structure of Landslides

Week 3: Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

Weeks 4-5: Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology/Geologic Mapping

For general questions regarding Geology Field Camp 2021, please contact Dr. Jenny Rashall (Field Camp Coordinator) at


Fees (for transportation and supplies) for GEOL 3387 are $260 and for GEOL 3388 are $260, for a total of $520 for both courses.

Transportation for day trips from the UTA campus will be provided by charter buses and University buses.

Tuition (Texas Resident): see UTA Tuition

Tuition (Out-of-State Resident): see UTA Tuition

Note: Food and lodging will not be provided. Students are responsible for all meals, lodging, and daily transportation to campus.


Mineralogy, Petrology, Structure, Sedimentology/Stratigraphy, Computer Literacy


Students will use compasses, GPS receivers, and laptop computers. Field data are analyzed and displayed using either hand mapping techniques, open source software, or programs that will be provided on campus.

  • Required software includes Microsoft Word, Excel, and Adobe reader.
  • Free, open-source software may be required to be downloaded onto student’s computer in order to complete certain projects.
  • On-campus software installed on university computers might be required to complete certain projects.


First Day - Monday, May 17

8:00 – 8:30 am: General introduction and overview, grading policies, and syllabi, and schedule for the GEOL and ENVR field camp (20 minutes) and field camp safety (10 minutes)

8:30 – 9:00 am: Title IX Overview

9:00 – 9:30 am: Introduction of Lake Research Project (Dr. Winguth)

9:30 am: Board bus to Cedar Hill State Park

3:30 pm   Leave Cedar Hill State Park

4:30 pm:  Meeting to discuss results

Tuesday, May 18 – Friday, May 21

Project: Physical and geochemistry of lakes (Dr. Winguth)

Day trips 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Joe Pool Lake and Possum Kingdom Lake

Monday, May 24 – Friday, May 28

        Projects: Structure and Modelling of Landslides (Dr. Ghazipour)

        Day Trip: Tuesday, May 25 – Landslide in west Fort Worth

Monday, May 31 – Memorial Day – NO MEETING

Tuesday, June 1 – Friday, June 4

        Projects: Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (Dr. Fan)

        Day Trip: Wednesday, June 2 – Lake Brownwood Spillway

Monday, June 7 – Thursday, June 17

       Projects: Rift Modelling and Mapping (Dr. Korchinski)

       Day Trips: Tuesday, June 8 – Thursday, June 10 – Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge


The University provides special items and materials needed to carry out individual projects (GPS receivers, compasses, communicators and maps). A USB drive is necessary to store files.

The following list includes items that you will need, but are not provided by the University:

  • Laptop with Word, Excel, and Adobe reader, as well as one of the following illustration programs: Paint, Photoshop, or Adobe Illustrator.
  • USB drive for storage
  • Stout footwear; at the least, light boots with strong soles.
  • Belt for field equipment
  • Long pants for protection against brush
  • Rain poncho
  • Water container(s): (2 liters recommended)
  • Dark glasses with UV protection (avoid eye damage)
  • Day pack
  • Field medical kit (minimum: Band-Aids, Neosporin, and aspirin)
  • Sun Protection (avoid skin cancer): Sunscreen 15 SPF or greater, hat, and shirt
  • Field note-taking equipment: clipboard for field maps, engineer field notebook (5 "x 7.5"), pencils (#2 or #3), and something to sharpen them with, eraser
  • Ruler, protractor, triangle, colored pencils
  • Calculator
  • Optional: Camera and binoculars

Prohibited equipment: Firearms and other weapons


Field Camp 2021 will run from Monday, May 17 through Thursday, June 17. You should make no other plans during the week in this period. There will be no class meetings on Saturday or Sunday, although you might have assignments to complete during the weekend.

  1. Policies on alcohol and other drugs affecting judgment and physical performance: No alcohol is to be consumed in any field camp vehicle, or during class hours. No alcohol is permitted in a University operated vehicle.
  2. Possession or consumption of illegal drugs is not permitted under any circumstances.
  3. Obnoxious, harassing or abusive behavior, whether or not produced by drugs or alcohol, will not be tolerated. People involved may be expelled. Harassment consists of physical and verbal behavior that is unwanted by anyone receiving it after that person has told the perpetrator to stop. Harassment can lead to dismissal from the course.
  4. Any threat of bodily harm, explicit or implied, can be considered an assault and can lead to dismissal from the course.


Students participating in Field Camp will be subject to UTA’s current COVID-19 safety policies. Additionally, we ask that you perform daily COVID monitoring via the COVID-19 Self-Assessment app and recommend participating in COVID tests every 2-3 days to avoid spread of the virus in the Field Camp group. Face masks and social distancing are required during GEOL 3387 and GEOL 3388 Field Camp.


Weather will vary from hot and dry (in the low 90's) to mild and raining. Shorts are fine along roadcuts or on campus, but wear long pants and sleeves when mapping to avoid cuts by brush. Choose your clothing with care, and remember that the more comfortable you are in the field, the less distracted you will be from your work.


Everyone can stay safe if they are aware of dangers and take precautions. In the field, we have hand communicators and work in teams so there is someone nearby if you get into trouble. The following are the primary dangers in the field:


Most minor injuries come from slipping and falling in the field. There are no trails, and loose rocks and steep hillsides are common. Always walk slowly and look before you step. Keep away from cliff edges which may give way. Please get in shape before you come; take a strength or aerobic class.

Road cuts

Some projects are on road cuts. Instructors put out cones to warn drivers, but stay off the pavement and avoid death or injury from a distracted driver. Students are required to wear orange construction worker vests.

Dehydration and heat exhaustion

We will be working outside and in extreme heat on some field days. Before setting out, drink as much water as you can and carry at least two liters of water with you. Move slowly and steadily. If you do get overheated and/or dizzy, find shade, drink water, and rest a while.

Potable water

Don't drink from streams, pools etc. All can have nasty pathogens and parasites.

Nasty little critters

Ticks, mosquitoes and gnats are rare, but a horse fly may bite you. Ticks are dangerous as a carrier of Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Fever is the main symptom, so see a doctor if you have an elevated temperature. Lyme disease is possible. Ticks will crawl around on you for some time before sucking, and it is sufficient to check yourself at the end of the day.

Nasty plants

Scrub Oak, brush and cactus can cut and puncture your legs if you don't wear long clothing that covers your limbs. Poison Oak and Ivy occur in damp, shady canyons.

Lightning and hail

Afternoon thundershowers (with hail) may occur. If you hear or see an approaching storm, leave high ground IMMEDIATELY. Large hail stones can injure you, so use your backpack or clipboard to protect your head if necessary.