120. “Roadsides and Rivercuts: North Country Landscapes through Geological Field Trips (Special Summer Program)”

This special, field-intensive geology course will help you understand and appreciate the geological background of northern New York, from Lake Ontario to Lake Champlain, including the Adirondacks through a synergistic combination of in-class lectures and field-oriented lectures and laboratories.  In-class lecture periods will be 3 hours/day/twice weekly (M&W) and cover topics germane to the following day’s field-oriented lectures/labs.  The twice-weekly (9hrs/day; T&H) field trips will focus on various components of this landscape:  landforms, rock outcrops, settlement (including industrial development and mines), energy supply systems, etc.  You will learn to collect, record and identify the minerals, rocks and glacial materials that form the basis of this environment and the processes that cause them. 

The University will serve as a base from which we will leave twice weekly (T&H) in the morning, returning to campus in the later afternoon.  No prior geological coursework is necessary.  This 2-unit course meets the Natural Science Course with Lab (NSC-L) Distribution requirement.  Because of the time commitment required by this course, students are not permitted to enroll in other courses in the same summer session.