Geology Field Program and Research Experience

GEO 481 Fall 2015 (Q1)

The State University of New York at Oswego, Department of Atmospheric and Geological Sciences

West view of the Snowy Mountain from Chimney Mountains, central Adirondacks NY

 West view of the Snowy Mountain from Chimney Mountains, Central Adirondacks NY

Locations: To be announced

Dates: August 24-September 25, 2015

Course and Credits: GEO 481, 6 undergraduate credit hours OR GEO 581, 6 graduate credit hours

The SUNY Oswego Geology Field Program requires that all students have a strong background in geology and have upper division standing.  This may include completion of Physical and Historical Geology plus a considerable amount of the core geology curriculum for the BA or BS Geology degree programs.  Some upper level geology that should be completed prior to the enrollment in the field course are are Mineralogy, Petrology, Sedimentation and Stratigraphy, Structural Geology, and Geomorphology.  If you have questions about your standing in the geology programs, then you are encouraged to email Dr. David Valentino, the Director of Field Studies (

The Geology Field Program was designed to provide students with an opportunity to learn how to conduct geologic field research under rugged and rustic conditions. The program is centered around research projects, where students participate in original research directed by the program faculty. Many students go on to present the results of these projects at regional geology conferences, field conferences, and journal publications.

The locations for the field program are driven by scientific field problems that need to be addressed.  In 2014, the program was split between two areas. The first week and a half was spent in the Thousand Islands - St. Lawrence River region and the remainder of the program was held in the central Adirondack Mountains of New York State.  During part 1, the group studied the stratigraphy and structure of Cambrian-Ordovician strata exposed in the Tug Hill plateau and Black River valley, in addition to brittle to ductile structures in the Adirondack lowlands region.  Mesoproterozoic ductile shear zones that occur in plutonic and metasedimentary rocks were mapped while in the Adirondack Mountains, in addition to Cenozoic brittle faults that accommodated the uplift of the Adirondack dome.

During the Fall 2015, the field program students will arrive at SUNY Oswego on the first day of the regular semester and convene at the Shineman Science Center for a brief orientation.  Immediately following the orientation, the group will depart campus by van for the first field location. Accommodations provided during the field program include large camp tents, portable eating and cooking facilities, and a portable work facility. Occasionally, small backpack camps are established in remote areas to complete field work.  The program also utilizes a 16 foot motorboat while working on the many lakes and rivers.


 Dave Valentino, Professor of Geology

Dave Valentino: Professor of Geology, Chair & Director of Field Studies (SUNY Oswego)

Expertise:  Structure, igneous and metamorphic geology, stratigraphy and tectonics, field geology.

Program Fee
The tuition for GEO 481 will be included in the cost of the full Fall 2015 semester.  An additional program fee will be charged as supplemental support for lodging, transportation and subsistance while in the field.  That fee will be disclosed at a later date.

***Tuition/College Fees Are Subject to Change without Prior Notice***

The "Total Due from Student" includes six credit hours from SUNY Oswego, instructional costs, subsistence, lodging, travel, and limited supplies. Students are responsible for their own travel expenses to and from Oswego campus.

For more information contact:

Dave Valentino, Professor of Geology and Director of Field Studies
Department of Atmospheric and Geological Sciences, State University of New York at Oswego, Oswego, New York 13126; Department Phone: 315-312-3065 ; E-Mail: