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College of Science

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Fieldcamp for Environmental Students

Field Camp 2019 for Environmental Students - ENVR3487-001

Application Deadline: May 1, 2020

Online Application Form Link: 

Environmental Students

May 18 - May 24th, 2020

Bring a computer; GPS and Compasses provided

General Information

  • 5 days: Collection of data. Environmental Geoscience and lake geochemistry around Arlington, TX
  • 2 days: Analysis of data


  • Food, beverages and lodging will not be provided
  • Transportation provided by University vans.
  • Tuition (Texas Resident): see UTA Tuition
  • Tuition (Out-of-State Resident): see UTA Tuition


Knowledge in Environmental Sciences, Toxicology, Oceanography, or Limnology.


Students will use compasses, GPS receivers, and laptop computers. Field data are analyzed and displayed using either hand mapping techniques, Adobe Illustrator, PhotoShop, or Microsoft Paint programs. All reports to be written using Word.

  • Required softwares 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.

Field Camp Schedule:

  • Monday, May 18
  • Field camp orientation: 8:00 AM, Room GS 104.
  • 8:30 AM: Arrive at Earth and Environmental Sciences Department, University of Texas at Arlington - room 104 of the Geoscience Building for introduction to the field course, review of policies and safety procedures, and introductions of students and faculty.
  • Lunch will be provided but bring water (and snacks if needed) as field projects will start after the introductory session (approximately noon).
  • See the campus map.
  • Tuesday, May 19 - Friday, May 22
  • 8:00A AM: Arrive at Earth and Environmental Sciences Department, University of Texas at Arlington - room 104 of the Geoscience Building. See the campus map.
  • Projects: Environmental Health project (Hunt) and Lake Geochemistry (Winguth).
  • Saturday, May 23 - Sunday, May 24

            Analysis of data and turn in report

General Policies

Field Camp 2019 will run from Monday, May 18 through Sunday, May 24, 2019. You should make no other plans for this period. You will be occupied every minute.

  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.

Equipment and Supplies

The university provides special items and materials needed to carry out individual projects (GPS Receivers, Compasses, Communicators and Maps). Students must bring a computer capable of running Adobe Illustrator. 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 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 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.
    • A set of pigment liners (Staedtler) with widths of 0.1, 0.3, and 0.5. These can be found on Amazon, Office Depot, or art supply stores such as Michaels.
    • Calculator.
    • Optional: Camera and binoculars.

Equipment Prohibited: Firearms and other weapons


Weather will vary from hot and dry (in the low 90's) to mild and raining. Temperatures at night may be in the 50's. Shorts are fine along roadcuts, 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.

Safety Precautions

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

  • Falling

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.

  • Plague

Northern New Mexico is a plague area. Plague is usually carried by fleas, which live on most mammals and rodents. Avoid close contact with rodents and other mammals, and if you develop a fever, see a doctor. Plague is easy to arrest in the early stages.

  • Hantavirus

Northern New Mexico also reports cases of Hantavirus, which can also be fatal if not treated early. It is spread through rodent fecal matter that accumulates in old buildings and nests. Stay out of abandoned buildings and don't rummage around in animal or bird nests.

  • Dehydration and heat exhaustion

In New Mexico, you will be usually working in low humidity at elevations around 7000'. Before setting out, drink as much water as you can and carry at least 2 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 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 but not common in New Mexico. 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 big critters

Bears and mountain lions exist in the New Mexico Mountains. A bear was seen in 2001, as well as mountain lion tracks. If you do see one, let your partners know, don't turn and run, but back away slowly, facing the animal.

  • 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.