Geology of Georgia



A new field-based science course

focusing on local and regional geology


May Term 2009

Georgia Southwestern State University


Course Description: A combination of lectures and field trips will focus on the geologic history of Georgia.  Participants will learn how to recognize and interpret common geologic structures, fossils, and rock types in the field.  They will travel across the state making stops at Cumberland Island, Jekyll Island, Okefenokee Swamp, Stone Mountain, Mount Arabia, Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forrest, Cloudland Canyon and several other locations.  The class will include outdoor activities such as hiking and camping.  Course grades will be based on field notes and exams. This is a three-credit course that can be used in Area D as a non-lab science course or as an elective. Prerequisites: GEOL-1121 and approval of instructor.


Schedule: This is a two-week class that will meet from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm, Monday, May 11th through Friday, May 22nd.  Required overnight field trips are scheduled from Tuesday, May 12th through Friday, May 15th and Monday, May 18th through Thursday, May 21st. 


Costs and Needed Materials: Transportation costs, park entrance fees and camping fees will be funded by the University and other sources.  Participants will be responsible for meals and snacks during the field trips.  Each participant will also need a sleeping bag, raincoat and small backpack or bookbag.  Tents and coolers will be provided. 


For Additional Information or To Register:

     Dr. Tom Weiland

   Department of Geology and Physics

   229-931-2327 or