G-CAMP FOR STUDENTS: A UNIQUE APPROACH TO TEACHING FIRST-YEAR GEOLOGY
High-ranking incoming freshman are invited to participate in a 15-day principles of geology course taught in the field. This course is offered during the summer prior to the beginning of their freshman year. The course begins with three days on campus learning traditional geologic basics and techniques: rocks, minerals, basic mapping, and processes. Students spend the rest of the course in the field observing, identifying, studying, and experiencing geology. In the field, students spend their time learning Earth systems, tectonics, volcanics, depositional environments, aeolian, karst, fluvial, glacial, and coastal processes, resources obtained through drilling and mining, as well as, human-induced hazards in the environment.
The field course, which is routed around Texas and includes a small portion of New Mexico, allows investigation of both modern and ancient environments. This provides students the opportunity to study a variety of structures, features, and environments from the Precambrian to the Holocene.
Today the energy industry is facing a crisis with much of their geologists approaching retirement. To help address this crisis, a major factor of the G-Camp approach is to attract the best and brightest students to produce the next generation of geoscientists. The mission of G-Camp is to help create a well-educated, highly-qualified, highly-motivated, visionary, and ethical geosciences workforce.