UNIVERSITY PARK, PA — Geosciences field camp is a rite of passage for Penn State geosciences students. This past summer, 36 students made the trek out West to investigate the geology of the intermontane western United States.
Field camp is the capstone experience for undergraduate geosciences majors. It is an intensive outdoor course that applies classroom and laboratory training to solving geological problems in the field.
“Field camp is a true capstone experience, where students apply and integrate many of the skills they have learned over the course of their undergraduate education,” said Maureen Feineman, associate research professor and associate head for undergraduate programs in the Department of Geosciences. “They make observations, synthesize information to create a unified big picture from many smaller pieces, create visual representations of their data in the form of geologic maps, and communicate their results in written field reports.”