Summer Field Camp

Field experience is a vital part of the geology program here at the University of Cincinnati.  For many, seeing rocks "in outcrop" is the most interesting (and most fun!) part of the geology experience and what often draws individuals to the major and profession.  

Field camp provides geology majors and minors the opportunity to learn about and experience geology first-hand.  Students apply for and participate in a field camp hosted by another College, University, or Research Institute.  Having students participate in an external field camp allows for the interaction with faculty from another school or various institutions as well as with students from all over the nation.   

There are quite a few options for field camp and selecting the right one may seem like a daunting task.  To help with camp selection, the Undergraduate Director, Carl Brett holds a field camp meeting either late fall semester or early spring semester where information is provided for many camps and students who attended field camp the previous summer present on their experience.  It is important to make field camp selections early in the academic year as some applications are due as early as December for the following summer.  For any questions regarding field camp selection, see Carl Brett in room 510, or email at

Since field camp is an additional cost to the student beyond typical tuition and fees, the Department of Geology provides financial support to qualified geology students to attend summer field camp from its Cook Scholarship fund.  For more information on this award, visit Capstone Experience.

Students receive academic credit for competing field camp with most field camp courses ranging from 3-6 credit hours.  The institution that hosts the field camp will have it's own process for the payment of related fees and will provide necessary course numbers for field course registration.  Credit gained for completing the field course is then transferred to the University of Cincinnati at the student's request.  It is the student's responsibility to make sure field camp credits are transferred to UC in a timely manner.  Failing to do so could delay graduation.