Summer at the Field Center

Summer Courses

These experiential summer semester courses are open to the Cincinnati community on a non-credit basis.

Field Geology of Cincinnati

May 11 to May 31, T, TH 6:30-8:30 PM, SAT 8 AM - 4 PM

Students will explore and discover first-hand through field trips and field-based exercises our landscape and geologic history, as well as our local geologic hazards of landslides, hillslope mass movement, and flooding. The region’s limestone and shale bedrock and its world-renowned fossils will be examined, collected, and described; evidence of the tri-state region’s glacial history will be explored; and modern stream processes will be surveyed and sediments analyzed. The goal of this field-based course is to understand how our landscape formed/ its inherent hazards, and the geologic foundation upon which it is built. Dr. Craig Dietsch is the instructor.

Wildflowers and Trees of Ohio

May 11 to 31, T,TH 10 AM to 1:30 PM, SAT 9 AM to 4 PM

For the non-biology major, this course provides an introduction to the diversity of the families of flowering plants, with an emphasis on plants growing wild in the Ohio/Indiana area. Students will learn the plant anatomy and terminology involved in the acquisition of plant identification skills and will learn about the ecology of plants encountered on field trips. The course will be based at the UC Center for Field Studies at Miami Whitewater Forest during May (a great time for spring wildflowers!). Other locations such as Shawnee Lookout, Fernald Preserve, and the Oxbow Area will also be visited. Dr. Denis Conover is the instructor.

GPS, Google Earth, and Internet Mapping

May 11-May 31, 2015  M, T, W, R, F 2:00-4:30 pm

This hands-on, experiential course will introduce students to basic field surveying and mapping techniques. These are powerful tools that enable users to capture and display information from the world around us on maps. Field mapping exercises will take place on campus and in the adjacent Burnet Woods Park. Students will learn to use surveying tools including GPS, and will learn how to create maps by hand and using Excel spreadsheets, Google Earth, and other software. These techniques are useful for data collection and analysis in many fields including archaeology, environmental science, biology, geology, planning, and public health, with applications for many types of projects. The instructor is Shujie Wang.

Surviving Climate Change: Field Research in Midwest Archaeology (ANTH4039)

June 1 – July 2, 2015 M,W,F 8:00 AM to 2 PM

The course will be conducted at Big Bone Lick State Park and the University Cincinnati Center for Field Studies. The purpose of the course is to provide hands-on, learn-by-doing, instruction of archaeological field methods including site survey (transit and GPS), drill core analysis, geophysics, and excavation. Scientifically, the objective of this study is to collect data that can be used to answer questions about past human adaptation to climate change. Dr. Kenneth Tankersley is the instructor.

Non-credit courses are offered at a special rate. To sign up, visit