The Department of Geophysics operates a four-week field course for undergraduate students in the Geophysical Engineering program at Mines. This capstone course gives students hands-on experience at conducting geophysical field investigations. Students spend two weeks in the field, beginning with a geological study of the area, and using geophysical methods like seismic, gravity, electromagnetics, self-potential, resistivity, and ground penetrating radar, to gather data. Students then return to the Mines campus for the second half of the course, where they process and interpret the data they collected. The program ends with a formal, public presentation of the results, written and given by the students.
In May 2019, Mines students carried out new geophysical surveys in central Pagosa Springs, Colorado, at the Mother Spring. Approximately 55 students from both Mines and Boise State University, faculty, staff, and industry partners participated in this experience, with the goal of further characterizing the large geothermal system in the Upper San Juan Basin. Thank you, Pagosa Springs, for another great field camp experience!
Field Camp Reports
All field camp reports are publicly available, and the most recent reports are available via the links, below. For older documents, or for any other questions concerning Geophysics Field Camp, please contact us.