Geology Field Camp

A unique field camp experience.

The Wilkes University geology field camp is a five week, intensive, project focused international field camp located on the island of Newfoundland in Canada and is open to upper level geoscience students enrolled at any college or university.

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Newfoundland offers a unique cross section of major crustal segments that comprise the Appalachian mountain belt. The field camp curriculum is designed to meet the requirements of most undergraduate Geology B.S. programs, meet the educational standards reported by the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) and many state (including Pennsylvania) professional geologist licensure programs.

Students will earn up to 6 undergraduate credits. The camp is designed for students to develop the field skills necessary to pursue a career as a Geoscientist in industry, consulting or academia. During the field camp, students will develop research strategies, collect field observations and measurements, compile detailed rock descriptions, measure stratigraphic sections and construct geologic maps and cross sections. Methods of data collection will include the application of satellite and aerial imagery, as well as geophysical surveys to supplement traditional field methods.

Schedule and Itinerary

The Wilkes University Geology Field Camp begins on June 27th, 2023 and ends on July 28th, 2023. Students are expected to arrive to Deer Lake, Newfoundland, Canada by late afternoon on June 26th, 2023 and depart by July 29th, 2023. Sleeping accomodations will be available for the evening prior to the departure date. Lodging for arrivals earlier than June 26th will need to be reserved independently. The schedule below outlines the general itinerary. Please note, that while not shown below, there are several built-in days with some time off for students to unwind.

Dates Location Description Lodging
6/27 Gros Morne National Park Exploration of the Discovery Center and Tablelands Gros Morne/Norris Point KOA
6/28 - 7/11 Gros Morne National Park Green Point, Quaternary, and Cow Head projects Gros Morne/Norris Point KOA
7/11 - 7/17 St. John’s Flatrock project and Mistaken Point Tour Pippy Park Campground
7/17 - 7/28 St. Bride’s Cape St. Mary’s project Bird Island Resort
7/28 - 7/29 Deer Lake Departure from Newfoundland

Deer Lake Hotel

Prerequisite Requirements

Students typically enroll in field camps between their Junior and Senior years. All students are required to have completed coursework that covers content traditionally found in the following subjects prior to enrolling in the Wilkes Geology field camp:

  • Physical Geology
  • Mineralogy
  • Petrology
  • Structural Geology
  • Sedimentology
  • Stratigraphy

Students must have received a 2.0 (C) or better in all prerequisite courses. If you do not meet one or more of these prerequisites please include a statement in your application that describes other course work that is a potential substitute.

Upon acceptance into the camp, students will be required to submit an official transcript and completed Wilkes visiting student application for the registrar’s records.

Credits and Cost

Undergraduate Credit Hours Total Cost
4 / GEO 380 $5,300
5 / GEO 398 A $5,840
6 / GEO 398 B $6,380

Cost may fluctuate a few dollars based on tuition rate changes for summer courses.

The above cost includes tuition, fees, lodging, food and travel in Newfoundland, CA. They do not include the travel costs to/from Newfoundland, nor the cost to obtain a passport or international phone plans/add-ons. Students should carry additional spending money for days off and other personal spending habits, as well as meals for break/exploration days. Some of these costs may be able to be covered by scholarships.

Wilkes University's Geology curriculum accomodates a 4-credit version of the field camp, but we recognize that other institutions require 5- or 6-credit camps. Our 4-credit field camp experience is the equivalent to most 5- or 6-credit camps and meets (if not exceeds) the educational standards reported by the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) and many state (including Pennsylvania) professional geologist licensure programs. Students enrolling for 4-, 5- or 6-credit hours will complete the same amount of work. Students will only need to pay for the amount of credits that are required for their degree program.

The Wilkes University field camp only accepts a limited number of students so that each student has more access to resources and faculty. As such, spots are very limited and competitive. Upon receipt of your complete application and requisite documents, we will make a decision on your application within 7 days.

If your application is approved, you will have 30 days from the date of the acceptance email to submit a non-refundable $750 deposit to secure your spot. If the deposit is not received, your spot will be forfeited to the next student. The remainder of the balance is due by May 15, 2023.

The application window will close on April 15, 2023.

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