Field Geology in Alcova, Wyoming

Summer 2019 Field Courses in Geology / Geosciences

The Alcova area of central Wyoming has a nearly complete sequence of sedimentary rocks ranging in age from the Archean through the Miocene that are well-exposed in spectacular folds and badlands. Many of these sedimentary rocks contain abundant fossils, including the shells of marine animals, and the bones and tracks of terrestrial animals. This course will examine these rocks, learn to map and describe them, and learn how to document fossil localities.

Students will learn the stratigraphic sequence and geologic history of the Alcova area; how to read and use topographic maps, map rock formations that have undergone folding and faulting; how to collect and describe fossil localities; and how to describe and measure stratigraphic sections. Each student will learn how to take detailed field notes, use GPS hand-held receivers, and make photograph logs. Students will also learn how to set up and be an active member of a field camp community, and will have to rely on the data of other students to be able to complete their research project. Finally, students will learn to write up the data and their interpretations as a brief but formal report.

Choose Graduate or Undergraduate Option

Undergraduate version of course = ESCI 491-631 Syllabus

Graduate version of course = ESCI 584-632 Syllabus

  • Eligibility

    Prerequisites: All students need the consent of the instructor to enroll. Students should have some background courses in sedimentary geology (Historical Geology, Paleontology or Sedimentology and Stratigraphy).

    Undergraduate Students

    UNC Degree-Seeking Students

    Current UNC students can register for this course.

    Non-Degree-Seeking Students

    If you are not seeking a degree at UNC, but have earned a GED or high school diploma, you may take this course for personal interest or to transfer to another college or university. Please note, as a non-degree seeking student, you are not eligible for federal financial aid.

    Graduate Students

    UNC Degree-Seeking Students

    Current UNC graduate students can register for this course.

    Non-Degree-Seeking Students

    Non-degree-seeking graduate status refers to a student who has earned at least a bachelor's degree and who either:

    • Has applied to UNC Graduate School and not yet been admitted or;
    • Wishes to take this graduate class but not pursue a degree.

    Please note, as a non-degree seeking student, you are not eligible for federal financial aid.

    Eligibility by State

    At this time, UNC can serve online education to students from every state, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. However, we are not currently accepting students to our online programs who reside in the CNMIs. Due to how fluid these agreements can be at the state or federal level, we recommend checking our Eligibility by State page for details.

  • Register

    Please fill out the ESCI Geology / Geoscience registration form and submit to Extended Campus (see Contact Us section below).

  • Contact Us

    Dr. Emmett Evanoff

    UNC Extended Campus
    Aimee Rogers
    Campus Box 21, Michener Library, Room L54
    University of Northern Colorado
    Greeley, CO 80639
    Phone: 970-351-2594
    Fax: 970-351-1870
    Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Once You Register

    Dropping and Withdrawing

    If you wish to drop or withdraw from the course, you must do so on or before the deadline dates listed in the Course Basics box.

    • If you are registered for any other courses in the same academic term, you can drop or withdraw within your Ursa account.
    • If this is your only course this term, please contact the Office of the Registrar at or 970-351-4862.

    It is your responsibility to know the drop and withdrawal deadlines and procedures.

    Billing and Payment for Your Course

    Tuition for this course is listed in the Course Basics box on this page. Any course materials costs (textbooks, digital access, etc.) would be a separate or additional expense.

    Billing notification will be sent to your Bearmail (student email) account when your bill is ready. Please pay your bill by the end of the month in which it was received to avoid finance charges.

    Instructions on activating your accounts and paying your bill.

    ESCI 491-631 Syllabus
    ESCI 584-632 Syllabus