Indiana University geologic field programs based in Montana: G429 and other field courses, a balance of traditions and innovations
Published:December 01, 2009
B.J. Douglas, L.J. Suttner, E. Ripley, 2009. "Indiana University geologic field programs based in Montana: G429 and other field courses, a balance of traditions and innovations", Field Geology Education: Historical Perspectives and Modern Approaches, Steven J. Whitmeyer, David W. Mogk, Eric J. Pyle
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The uniqueness of the Indiana University geologic field programs is a consequence of the remarkable diversity in the geologic setting of the Judson Mead Geologic Field Station, and programmatic decisions that emphasize a fully integrated curriculum and individual student work. A simple summary of the attributes developed by the courses includes the following key components: sense of scale, self-confidence, independence, integration, and problem solving. These core principles have resulted in a program that prepares students for any of the challenges that they might encounter as professionals. Over time, courses offered through the field station have evolved to reflect the needs of the students and available technologies. The present array includes courses that address environmental geology, applied economic geology, and introductory environmental science; additional courses include those designed for both high school students and teachers and others that provide professional development enhancement.