Geologic Field Experience

Students completing the B.A. degree in Earth Science are recommended to take a departmentally approved field camp from another college or university. Students would normally take this during the summer, after their junior year or after their senior year depending upon their level of preparation. This field experience may be a traditional field geology course or a field based course in Hydrology, Environmental Geology or Geophysics, etc.

Students must have approval of the department chair before enrolling in the Field Experience. Additionally, students planning to complete the Geological Field Experience outside the United States, should contact the Wang Center Study Away Advisor ( no later than September 15th for J-Term and March 15th for summer to receive guidance regarding travel requirements (passport, visa requirements, etc.). Finally, students considering an international Geological Field Experience must consult PLU’s Student University Sponsored International Travel Policy at:

Field Camp Opportunities

Our students have attended field camps all over the country (and world). Use this link to access an extensive list of field camp courses offered in the US and abroad. Many of the links give information about location, time and cost of attending field camp.

Idaho State 2007 students
Two PLU Geoscience students attended field camp through Idaho State University in the summer of 2007.
PLU Students at the EWU field camp.
PLU Students at the EWU field camp in 2013. (Photo Courtesy of Allie Jo Koester)
Geological field study in Hawaii in January 2020.
Geological field study in Hawaii in January 2020. (Photo Courtesy of Benjamin Lungberg)