Dinosaur Excavation and Taphonomic Research Project

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Graduate Credit



Come to hear what the dinosaurs can teach you!

  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 university graduate credit may be earned during the four week experience. This course does not satisfy any requirement for the graduate programs offered by Southwestern Adventist University.

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!


EDSC 545 - Dinosaurs for Teachers (4 hours)
This class is designed for teachers who need science credit for an advanced degree in education.  Content covered include developing a working knowledge of geology, consideration of all of the major dinosaur groups, detailed understanding of the Upper Cretaceous fauna of the Lance Formation, issues in each science and origins, and acquiring "hands-on" experience in how science works.  Lab work will include learning excavation techniques for fossils, and excavating dinosaur bones from quarry sites, and contributing to the on-going scientific investigation of the taphonomy of dinosaurs.  The class is taught in Wyoming during the month of June.  2 Lecture, 2 Lab.
The Graduate 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 for this course.


Eligible students include:

  • anyone with a college or university baccalaureate degree


An admission decision is made after the university receives:

 
an application  [click to submit on-line]

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 tetanus and meningitis documentation can be FAXed to the University:  (817) 202-6777.

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) $3216  
 site fees, food, transportation  deposit   $100    
 remainder   $896  $996  
 field note book $5  
TOTAL:   $4217  
 text   est $70  


*  Southwestern Union Conference Teachers should check with the Union Office concerning the appropriate tuition charge.

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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