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Summer Field Camp

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Contact information:

Dr. David B. Hacker
Director, Geology Summer Field Camp
Kent State University
Kent, OH 44242
Dr. Hacker's Voicemail:
(330) 672-7883
Department of Geology Secretary:
(330) 672-2680


APPLICATION FORM   ( PDF format)  or  ( Word .docx format fillable form)

INFORMATION PACKET FOR STUDENTS ( PDF format - includes application form)

SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION (KSU Geology majors may apply for KSU Field Camp Scholarships) Undergraduate   Graduate

LOCATION: Black Hills, South Dakota and adjacent parts of Wyoming 

DATES: Annually in June and July, during Kent State's Summer Session I.

Summer 2015: June 8- July 11
Summer 2016: June 13- July 16

COURSE AND CREDITS: Geology 41092 (undergraduate) and 51092 (graduate) carry six semester hours of credit. This course is required for all B.S. candidates in the Department of Geology and for entering graduates students  who have not completed a Field Camp requirement as part of their undergraduate study.

PREREQUISITES:  Earth Materials I,  Earth Materials II, and Structural Geology

SUGGESTED BACKGROUND COURSES: Students would also benefit from classes in Paleontology, and Geomorphology, although these are not required.

FACILITIES: Accommodations are in a dormitory at the Black Hills State University, Spearfish, South Dakota. Meals are provided through the college Monday through Saturday lunch and these board expenses are covered in the general charge listed below. Other meals are the responsibility of the students. Students also provide their own bedding and towels. During the traveling portion of the session, students are responsible for their own food costs.

SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT (see Student Information Packet above)

INSTRUCTORS: The staff consists of senior faculty and experienced instructors at a staff-to-student ratio of about 1 to 10.

ESTIMATED FEES AND COSTS (exclusive of personal expenses, food and lodging while traveling, and subject to change):

Student Category Tuition
Room, Board, Maintenance, Camping Fees,
Round Trip Transportation (Kent to Black Hills)

Undergraduate Ohio Resident $2,736.00 $1,930.00
Undergraduate Out-of-state  $4,908.00 $1,930.00

NATIONAL STUDENT EXCHANGE TUITION RATE: Kent State University is a member of the National Student Exchange Program (NSE). Non-KSU students from partner NSE institutions may be eligible to participate in the KSU Summer Field Camp at either the tuition rate of their home institution or the Ohio Resident rate at the undergraduate or graduate level as appropriate. Please contact the NSE representative at your home institution for program specifics and eligibility requirements or check the following links

FINANCIAL AID FOR KSU GEOLOGY STUDENTS:  Many KSU undergraduate Geology students who attend field camp receive financial aid through merit or need based scholarships. Funds for these awards are raised by generous alumni donations and through fund raising activities of the KSU Geology Student Organizations. These awards must be used at the KSU field camp and you must be a currently enrolled and declared major in Geology at KSU to be eligible.

Please contact the Department Office for more information regarding eligibility and the application process for Summer Field Camp Financial Aid.

Send the KSU Summer Field Camp Application and a non-refundable fee of $100.00 (which is applied toward the total room, board, and maintenance fee) to Director, Geology Summer Field Camp, Kent State University, Kent  OH  44242 by February 28, to ensure enrollment.  Pre-registration may be done by phone until mid-May. For guest student application ( for Undergraduate credit) ( for Graduate credit) and exact registration information, contact the Admissions and Registrar's offices.

Q:   I missed the deadline to send in my fee. Can I still send it in and attend Field Camp?

A:   Please call the department office to see if it's too late to reserve a spot in our facilities. We have to reserve space well in advance of our trip, so the sooner you contact us, the more likely we'll be able to add a space.

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