The Geological Sciences Field Experience requirement may be satisfied by the following options:
1. Geological Sciences Field Course offered by an institution other than the University of Delaware.
2. GEOL field course offered by the University of Delaware.
3. Field-oriented Geological Sciences “special project” supervised by a Departmental faculty member (including any of the Geological Sciences joint appointees).
4. Geological Sciences “special project” or nontraditional field course (in hydrogeology or geobiology, for example) that provides the training described in the introductory paragraph above.
The faculty strongly recommends Options 1 or 2. Option 1 represents the traditional field training for geologists, and provides the most thorough background in the skills described in the paragraph above. Option 2 is similar to Option 1, though less extensive. Options 3 and 4 might be pursued by students with less traditional interests.
All options except 2 shall be approved by a vote of the faculty. After consultation with their adviser, the student will submit a short letter to the Department Chair describing the specific course or project proposed to fulfill options 1, 3, or 4 for consideration by the faculty.
All field experiences must satisfy the University’s Discovery Learning Experience requirement. This may require adding additional components to courses offered by other institutions (i.e. Option 1). Students choosing Options 3 and 4 must communicate the results of their work in written and oral/graphical form (i.e. verbal and/or poster presentation).