Geology Department
SUNY College at Cortland
P. O. Box 2000
Cortland, NY 13045

Summer Field Geology Programs
Brauer Education Center

State University of New York
College at Cortland

Course Information - Location - Geologic Setting - Schedule - Application -Scholarship application -Alumni

FIELD CAMP WILL RUN IN 2014. SEE BELOW FOR UPDATED INFO.

COURSE INFORMATION

Field geology courses at the Brauer Education Center are intensive, project-oriented experiences designed to instruct students in the use of basic field methods and equipment, and develop their skills of observation, interpretation, synthesis, and graphic presentation of geologic data. Our field camp has a student-staff ratio of 10:1 or less, which provides quality field instruction and supervision plus individual assistance as needed, as well as constructive support and advisement during evening hours when field projects are compiled. See the schedule below for information about course length and credits earned.

Students and faculty are housed at Brauer in "bunk rooms" that each sleep 4 to 10 people. Bathrooms are equipped with hot showers. Other activities such as studying, map preparation, reading, lounging, group discussions, etc., are centered in the dining/classroom area of the building. The room and board fee includes lodging, breakfast, bag lunch, and dinner Thursday throughTuesday, plus brunch and dinner on Wednesdays.

LOCATION

The Brauer Education Center is located just South of Albany, NY, near the base of the Devonian carbonate Helderberg escarpment, within the Hudson Valley fold and thrust belt. The Center, a rustic but modern facility, occupies a natural, mostly wooded, 33-acre site in a rural area, yet the educational, cultural, historical, and social amenities of Albany are only 20 minutes away!
Thrust fault duplex near Brauer
Thrust fault duplex in quarry near Brauer Education Center.
See Hatcher's Structural Geology textbook, pg. 212, for an interpretation.

GEOLOGIC SETTING

Portions of such classic areas of North American geology such as the Adirondack, Berkshire, and Catskill Mountains; the eastern Mohawk and mid-Hudson River valleys; and the Taconic Range are all located within 50 miles of the Brauer Education Center. The geology of these localities is a cornerstone of the plate tectonic concept.

Precambrian igneous and high-grade metamorphic rocks, Paleozoic siliciclastic and carbonate rocks, structurally simple and complex terranes, and widespread Pleistocene deposits highlight the Brauer Education Center area. In addition, the hydrogeology of the Albany area, part of the Hudson-Mohawk drainage basin, is characterized by numerous streams, lakes, and wetlands as well as bedrock and glacial aquifers in a variety of geologic settings.

Bedding surface features near Brauer
Folds in creek near Brauer
"Dinosaur-skin" rock south of Brauer.
Characterizing folds north of Brauer.

2014 SCHEDULE

May 21 - June 10

GLY 476 Geologic Field Methods, 3 credit hours,
3 weeks duration

 May 21 - June 17

GLY 476 Geologic Field Methods, 4 credit hours,
4 weeks duration

May 21 - June 24

GLY 481 Field Geology, 5 or 6 credit hours, 5 weeks duration
GLY 581 Advanced Field Geology, 5 or 6 graduate credit hours, 5 weeks duration

Last years party

The party of 2002

 

Dates and prices updated for Summer 2014.

GLY 476 GEOLOGIC FIELD METHODS 3 or 4 weeks

Instruments and methods of basic geologic field work: measurement and description of stratigraphic sections; use of survey instrumentation and GPS in geologic mapping; orienteering skills; bedrock mapping of folded sedimentary terrane. Observations and interpretations of field data are compiled and presented in form of stratigraphic sections; planimetric and geologic maps; and structural cross-sections. Students enrolled for 4 credits will map metamorphic and igneous rocks in the fourth week.

Dates: May 21 - June 10 for 3 credit hours
OR May 21 -June 17 for 4 credit hours

Prerequisites: Hand-specimen Petrology and junior year standing
Recommended: Structural Geology and Stratigraphy

*Cost:
N.Y. Resident:
For 3 credit hours: $1,535.00 total (room & board is $705.00 of the total).
For 4 credit hours: $2,050.00 total (room & board is $950.00 of the total).
Out-of-State Resident:
For 3 credit hours: $2,710.00 total (room & board is $705.00 of the total).
For 4 credit hours: $3,625.00 total (
room & board is $950.00 of the total).

*Costs are subject to change without prioir notice due to Board of Trustees or NYS legislative actions.

GLY 481 FIELD GEOLOGY 5 weeks
GLY 481 FIELD GEOLOGY
includes mapping in the Adirondacks

Emphasis on field mapping and analysis. Field skills using topographic maps, survey instrumentation, GPS, and Brunton compass are developed, and employed in mapping diverse geologic terranes. Directed field projects require students to observe, record, organize and interpret field data and present a synthesis in the form of stratigraphic sections, geologic maps and structural cross-sections.

Dates: May 21 - June 24

Prerequisites: Hand-specimen Petrology and junior year standing Recommended: Structural Geology and Stratigraphy

*Cost:
N.Y. Resident:

For 5 credit hours: $2,565.00 total (room & board is $1,191.00 of the total).
For 6 credit hours: $2,840.00 total (room & board is $1,191.00 of the total).
Out-of-State Resident:
For 5 credit hours: $4,530.00 total (room & board is $1,191.00 of the total).
For 6 credit hours: $5,195.00 total (room & board is $1,191.00 of the total).

NOTE: Students enrolling for five (5) or six (6) credit hours will complete the same amount of work. If a student only needs five credits, he or she may pay for only five credits.

student in Adirondacks
*Costs are subject to change without prioir notice due to Board of Trustees or NYS legislative actions.

GLY 581 ADVANCED FIELD GEOLOGY 5 weeks

Completion of Field Geology (GLY 481) program described above plus additional field investigations involving more detailed geologic mapping, structural analysis of field data, or another similar project by an individual or small group. Written report required for mapping project.

Dates: May 21 - June 24

Prerequisites: Hand-specimen Petrology and Structural Geology

*Cost:
N.Y. Resident:
For 5 graduate credit hours: $3,395.00 total (room & board is $1,191.00 of the total).
For 6 graduate credit hours: $3,835.00 total (room & board is $1,191.00 of the total).
Out-of-State Resident:
For 5 graduate credit hours: $5,165.00 total (room & board is $1,191.00 of the total).
For 6 graduate credit hours: $5,960.00 total (room & board is $1,191.00 of the total)
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NOTE: Students enrolling for five (5) or six (6) credit hours will complete the same amount of work. If a student only needs five credits, he or she may pay for only five credits.

*Costs are subject to change without prioir notice due to Board of Trustees or NYS legislative actions.

APPLICATION

To apply for any of the 2014 summer field courses at Brauer, you can download the application form (in Adobe PDF format) by using this link , call the Department (607-753-2815), or e-mail Dr. Gleason (gleasong@cortland.edu) to have one mailed to you. Please send the completed application form and a copy of your undergraduate academic transcripts (does not have to be official) showing all of your geology courses to Dr. Gleason at the address below. In addition, please have a faculty member from your academic institution write a letter of recommendation describing your academic capabilities in geology, your ability to cope with the rigors of field work, and your ability to work with others. Please send all of these materials to Dr. Gleason at the address below:
Dr. Gayle Gleason, Coordinator of Field Geology
Geology Department
SUNY Cortland
PO Box 2000
Cortland NY 13045

Note all applications should be postmarked no later than February 15, 2014. Space is limited, applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received. Note that in 2013, we received more applications than we had space for before the February 15 deadline.

Early bird special: Get your complete application to Dr. Gleason by January 31, 2014, and receive a free Rite-in-the-Rain Geological Field notebook when you arrive at Field camp.

 

JIM KRADYNA SUMMER FIELD CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS

The Geology Department at SUNY Cortland will be offering a limited number of scholarships this year to honor the memory of Jim Kradyna. Jim attended the first Brauer Geology Field Camp as a student in 1981, and assisted with our field programs for many years after that. Through the genorosity of his family and friends, a fund has been set up to provide scholarships to geology students enrolled in SUNY Cortland's five week summer geology course offered at Brauer Education Center. Applicants must: 1) be enrolled in GLY 481 or GLY 581, 2) be a geology major (or equivalent) at an accredited 4-year institution, and 3) have earned a demonstrable record of academic achievement. The successful candidates will be selected by the SUNY Cortland Geology faculty. The scholarships will be used to partially offset tuition costs.

See who was awarded these in the past.

To apply for a Jim Kradyna scholarship, you can download the application form (in Adobe PDF format) by using this link, or call the Geology Department -- (607) 753-2815 -- to have one mailed to you. Applicants must be enrolled in GLY 481 or GLY 581 to be eligible for the scholarship. Complete the form and send it along by March 15, 2014, with official undergraduate academic transcripts to:

Dr. Gayle Gleason, Coordinator of Field Geology
Geology Department
SUNY Cortland
PO Box 2000
Cortland NY 13045
fireplace area
The 2004 crew.
Work hard, sleep hard.
Happy campers of 2004

PAST FIELD CAMP LINKS

The following links are pages of photos from past years. They provide a view of the facility and surrounding area. Some of these are under construction and will be added to as alums send in more photos.
1996 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2004 - 2006 - 2008 - 2010 - 2012 - 2013

Course Information - Location - Geologic Setting - Schedule - Application -Scholarship application -Alumni


For more information on the Brauer Education Center, including its history, also visit SUNY Cortland's Outdoor Education webpage.

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