Bozeman, MT
Jun 30-Jun 30, 2012
Credit: 1 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $388.35
Instructor(s): David Lageson

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Course Description

This course will involve a field-based introduction to the Earth’s geomagnetic field and paleomagnetism. The day will be spent in the field (specific location will depend on the weather) with a hands-on approach to gain familiarity with equipment used by geologists for paleomagnetic research, emphasizing the relevancy and importance of this work to an understanding of global plate tectonics. In addition, students will learn to take structural measurements (using the geologic compass) and construct a simple geologic map in the field. A final report (and field map) will be required. In advance of the course, students are expected to become familiar with the basic physics of magnetism and geophysics of the Earth’s magnetic field (e.g., origin of the magnetic field, shape of the magnetic field, inclination, declination correction, etc.). Students should bring a lunch and snacks, plenty of water, large clip-board, field notebook and pen/pencil, camera, sun screen and a hat, day-pack, rain gear, hiking shoes (no sandals or tennis shoes – you need sturdy off-trail hiking shoes or boots), and layers of clothing for rapidly changing weather and temperature conditions.

Physical fitness requirements: All participants must be in good physical condition. The course will involve hiking all day at a brisk pace in rough terrain at high elevation in excess of 5,000 feet above sea level, often involving very steep, unstable topography. Be prepared for a long day in the field!

Meeting Place and Times

Class: S 8:00 am to 12 Noon
Location: Gaines Hall 143
Field Trip: S 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm


David Lageson, PhD. Department of Earth Sciences, Montana State University.


Graduate standing.

Target Audience

Restricted Entry for Science Educators

Tuition and Fees

 Program Fee $118.50
 Computer Fee$3.35
 Distributed Learning Fee$0.00

A $30 registration fee is also charged once per semester.

The costs above assume that you are taking only MSU Extended University courses during the semester that the course is offered. If you also registered for courses through the MSU Registrar, the regular MSU fee structure may apply.

A $40 late fee will be assessed if payment is not posted to your account by 3 pm (Mountain Time) of the course start date (or the business day before if the course starts on a weekend or a holiday).

To learn more about tuition and fees, please see the University Business Services' Student Accounts Web page.

Required Books/Materials

  • Participants are strongly encouraged to pick up a geology textbook several weeks before class begins and review the basic physics of magnetism and geophysics of the Earth's magnetic field.

For More Information

contact Diana Paterson at or 406-994-5679.

How to Register

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