Most of the Geology Department is gone making its halls quiet, echoing with your lonely footsteps.
During this spring semester, the geology upperclassmen and most of the professors go to field camps, which started May 13 and will end June 28.
“Each week is a different subject in our field class,” said Rae Hunstman, the full-time Geology Department secretary.
The students work on stratigraphy or the study of stratified rocks, geospatial technologies and mapping, Hunstman said.
The department is starting to use more geographic information systems, and GPS technologies to map things like lakes, mountains and canyons, hoping to give the students more credibility in the geology field.
“They’re working on switching over the focus from geology to a more technological based focus, because a lot of what the world is shifting to is research and data and how they all work together,” said Katelyn Davis, a sophomore studying animal and food science and a secretary in the geology office.
The field camps they will be going to include locations in Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Arizona and Montana.
Davis said, “during field camp they’re sleeping in tents… living outside the whole time.”
There are five emphases in the geography major; geospatial computing, geology, earth science education, environmental geoscience, and geobusiness and data analytics.
After graduation, students can go into various fields like business, policy, writing, education, medicine, science, art, engineering and law.
Specific job opportunities include; environmental manager, defense contractor, science advisor, science journalist, K-12 teacher, epidemiologist, toxicologist, geochemist, hydrogeologist, sculptor, mining engineer, petroleum engineer, environmental lawyer and land use lawyer.