Dinosaur Excavation and Taphonomic Research Project

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Undergraduate Credit

receive 4 semester hours of college credit from  Southwestern Adventist University

  Student

Each summer, typically in the month of June, Southwestern Adventist University conducts a Field Research Project in the Lance Formation of eastern Wyoming. The undergraduate course, GEOL 240, The Dinosaurs, is designed for non-science majors who would like to satisfy a general education requirement in laboratory science by engaging in a real science research project. The program consists of a balance of instruction in technique, practical experience in excavating fossil dinosaur remains, overview of dinosaur life, and general science concepts and principles.

As part of the total exposure, "field trips" are planned to museums, natural phenomena, and scenic sights in the Black Hills of South Dakota and the surrounding region.

Four semester credits of lab science college/university credit may be earned during the four week experience.

2017 Expedition

Thursday, June 1 through Friday, June 30

Class activities will begin Monday morning, June 5 and run through Wednesday, June 28.

only 5 days until the adventure begins!


GEOL 240 - The Dinosaurs (4 hours)
Prerequisite: GEOL 112 or permission of instructor.
A field course covering the taxonomic relationships, environment and fossil record of the dinosaurs.  Includes extensive training in field methods of vertebrate paleontology and participation in the dinosaur research project.  Taught for four weeks in Wyoming.  Field fee covering the cost of transportation, room, and board.  3 lec 1 lab (Summer)
The Bulletin 2016-2017 Southwestern Adventist University

application for credit

The on-line application serves both as an application for the project as well as an application to Southwestern Adventist University.


Eligible students include:

  • recent high school graduates
  • Southwestern Adventist University students
  • current students at other colleges and universities
  • persons who have earned college or university credit in the past
  • anyone with a college or university degree


An admission decision is made after the university receives:

 
an application  [click to submit on-line]
official High School transcript (if necessary)

The High School transcript should be sent to:
Office of Admissions
Southwestern Adventist University
100 W Hillcrest Dr
Keene, TX  76059

Deadline for all application materials:   May 1

You will be notified by approximately May 10.

The position in the course will be secured by:

 
documentation of a current tetanus vaccination or booster
documentation of a negative TB skin test (within six months) or chest X-ray (within 3 years)
documentation of a current meningitis vaccination if you are 21 years old or younger
a $100 non-refundable deposit paid to Earth History Research Center  

The medical documentation can be FAXed to the University:  (817) 202-6753.

The documentation and deposit needs to be received by May 20.

The deposit will be applied to the fees when you begin the course.


All participants must fill out and sign four Participant Forms before working in the quarry. While these are available at the site, they can also be downloaded, printed, filled out, and brought with you.

In the case for minors, these forms will need to be signed by a parent or guardian. This may mean the signed forms will need to be brought with you.

participant forms


Financial Information

2017

 tuition (paid to Southwestern) $1072  
 site fees, food, transportation  deposit   $100    
 remainder   $896  $996  
 field note book $5  
TOTAL:   $2073  
 text   est $70  


You will need to make arrangements to register through the Records Office at Southwestern Adventist University and make a complete payment to Southwestern for the tuition charge before the course begins.


The transportation cost includes the local transportation as well as the initial transportation from Keene, TX to the site and return. The total for the site fees, food, and transportation is to be paid by all students receiving credit regardless of his or her transportation details.

The remainder of the fees beyond the initial deposit should be paid to Earth History Research Center by June 1.

The Field Note Book is available in the camp and can be purchased after arrival.

financial details

 

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