Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences and
Youngstown State University

Field Investigations in Geology

San Salvador, Bahamas

Field Investigations in Geology (GEOL 3720) Course Description

The Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences (GES) is proud to announce the 24th annual offering of a 4 credit-hour upper division field-based science course on the beautiful island of San Salvador, the Bahamas. The course is entitled Field Investigations in Geology (GEOL 3720) and will be offered in the Spring 2016. The course involves a one-week long field visit to San Salvador during spring break. The course is available to all YSU students and qualifies as upper division course credit and as a science elective for the Geology Major and Geology Minor degrees as well as College of Education Integrated Science & Middle Childhood License degrees.

This course is made possible through a formal agreement between the Bahamian Government and YSU. While on the island, we will stay at the College of the Bahamas Gerace Research Centre (GRC). The GRC provides dormitory-style housing, three meals a day, laboratory facilities, and field transportation.

There is an estimated course fee of $1,500. The fee covers round trip air transportation from Pittsburgh, Nassau, hotel and taxis, all room and board, and transportation while on the island. Prior to departure our Field Investigations class will meet weekly to prepare for the trip and to discuss homework assignments & exams covering geologic, geographic and cultural aspects of the island. Prior approval by the Instructor is needed to register.

* Registration for Environmental Research (ENST 3780) and Graduate credit (ENST 6999-Coastal Processes) is also available.

Environmental Research (ENST 3780) Course Description

ENST 3780 is a research-based course that allows students to develop individualized field-based research projects and execute them while on San Salvador Island. Class work prior to the spring break trip includes paper discussions, tutorials on project design, hypothesis formulation, data management, and scientific writing. Over the course of the semester students generate the following products: 1) a scientific research proposal, explaining the project design and providing pertinent background information; 2) a presentation at Youngstown State University's QUEST--an undergraduate and graduate students to showcase their scholarly achievement--in either oral or in poster format; and 3) a final report detailing the semester-long research experience. This opportunity allows students to develop highly integrative skills, incorporating lab methods (particle-size studies, microscopy, etc.), digital mapping techniques (e.g. GIS projects), and a variety of field tools and methods ranging from ground-penetrating radar to sediment coring to answer sedimentologic and coastal geomorphologic inquiries.