Montana State University

ERTH 516-801: Northern Rocky Mountain Geology

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Bozeman, MT
Jun 23-Jun 27, 2014
Credit: 2 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $727.00
Instructor(s): David Lageson

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Course Description

This course will investigate the geological history and evolution of the Northern Rocky Mountain region. Topics to be covered will vary from year to year, but generally include local stratigraphy, the Laramide and Sevier orogenic events, volcanism in and around Yellowstone National Park, earthquake activity within the Intermountain Seismic Belt, and many more. Daily field trips from campus will provide “hands-on learning” in some of the best-exposed, classic geologic localities in the Rocky Mountains. The course will integrate many aspects of physical geology, historical geology, geomorphology, structural geology, seismology, volcanology, and tectonics in a manner that is relevant and applicable to the region surrounding Montana State University.

Physical fitness requirements:
In order to study the geology of southwest Montana in the field, this course will involve light to moderate outdoor physical activity. Many of our stops will be at outcrops by the side of the road (involving very little hiking), but in some instances we will need to hike in order to visit key outcrops and/or make key geologic observations. Most hikes will be fairly short (less than five miles) and on reasonably well-developed trails, but off-trail hiking may also be necessary. Furthermore, the hiking terrain may be steep and rocky at times; elevations will range from 5,000 to 9,000+ feet. If you have concerns about the physical fitness expectations of this course and/or your ability to meet these expectations, please contact the MSSE office at 406-994-5679.

Recommended field equipment:
  • Good hiking boots with ankle support
  • Day pack
  • Lunch, snacks, and lots of water (hydration system)
  • Rain gear and layers that can be added or shed, depending on fluctuating temperatures in the high alpine. Extra cloths (layers) for rapid changes in the weather
  • Field notebook (waterproof paper), pencils, pens, clipboard
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • First aid kit
  • Hiking pole (ski pole or Leki walking pole)
Time Commitment: 8-10 hrs/day

Meeting Place and Times

Class: MTWRF Daily Field Trips
Departure 8:00 am
Location: Meet van at MSU Strand Union Building, South Entrance (circle drive)


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


Graduate standing.

Target Audience

Restricted Entry for Science Educators

Tuition and Fees

 Program Fee $187.00
 Computer Fee$7.00

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

  • Course materials will be provided by the instructor on the first day of the class.

For More Information

contact Diana Paterson at or 406-994-5679.

How to Register

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