David T. Allison
Associate Professor of Geology
Department of Earth Sciences
Phone (251) 460-6381
Ext. 7574
Fax (251) 461-1487 


Estimated Cost

 USA (6 credit hours) tuition:

In-state: $1,974 (6 hr. @ $329/hr.)

Out-of-state: $3,948 (6 hr. @ $658/hr.) 
 Course Fee : $1600 
TOTAL (in-state):  $3,574

TOTAL (out-of-state): $5,548

NOTE: all students must present proof of insurance coverage for Summer term 2020 by May 1, 2020

   Course Prerequisites
Igneous & Met. Petrology (GY303) ;  Structural Geology (GY403), First Aid (HS170 or Red Cross First Aid certification  equivalent); or permission of instructor

Other Requirements

1.      Proof of Medical Insurance for Summer term 2020 (photocopied Medical ID card is sufficient)

2.      See GY480 course syallabus for detailed equipment/tools list


Important 2020 Dates 

Mobile to Huntsville S.P., TX: May 11, 2020

Arrive at Inks Lake S.P.,TX : May 12

Arrive at Palo Duro S.P. TX: May 22

Arrive at Bernalillo, NM: May 24

Arrive at Mesa Verde N.P. CO May 31

Arrive at Canyonlands N.P. UT June 3

Arrive at South Rim Grand Canyon N.P. AZ June 7

Depart for Amarillo TX: June 10

Depart for Shreveport LA: June11

Vans arrive back in Mobile: June 12
All projects due by: June 9


Accommodations & Camping

May 11, 2020: Huntsville State Park, TX

Google Earth link to Huntsville S.P. TX

May 12 - May 21, 2020:
Inks Lake State Park, Texas
(tent camping)  (Images)

Google Earth link to Inks Lake S.P. TX

May 22-23, 2020: Palo Duro State Park, TX (tent camping)

Google Earth link to Palo Duro S.P. TX

May 24- May 30, 2020: Casa de Sandia,  Bernalillo NM (AirBnB House)

Google Earth link to Casa De Sandia

May 31-June 2: Mesa Verde N.P. CO (tent camping)

Google Earth link to Mesa Verde N.P. CO

June 3-6: Canyonlands N.P. UT (tent camping)

Google Earth link to Canyonlands N.P. UT

June 7-9: South Rim Grand Canyon N. P. AZ (tent camping)

Google Earth link to South Rim Campsite AZ

June 10: depart for Amarillo TX (motel)

June 11: depart for Shreveport, LA (motel)

June 12: depart for Mobile, AL

Field Geology Gear Links

REI Outfitters: Camping Gear, GPS, Backpacks, Outdoor Clothing

Campmor Outfitters: Camping Gear, Outdoor Clothing, Lanterns, Headlamps

Forestry Suppliers, Inc.: Good source for rock picks, GPS, Drafting supplies, Pocket transit, Notebooks, First Aid kits, Insect repellents.

Textbook (Compton, 1985, Geology in the Field)

Pocket Transit (Brunton Compass; Azimuth International is best)

Field Notebook (select Transit style)

Rock Pick (Rock hammer)

GPS (Same type used by Earth Sciences Dept)

Mountain Press Publishing: source of Roadside Geology book series. Informative reading for those long van rides, and a reference for regional geology information useful in written reports.

NOTE: the above gear sources are not endorsed by the University of South Alabama or the instructor. These are simply sources discovered by the instructor or previous students that have had good value and service. Students may find better value at other sites.

GY480 Guidelines and Forms


1. Geologic Map and Cross-section Requirements.

2. Total Station checklist.

3. 1:12,000 Geologic Mapping checklist.

4. Lithologic description checklist.

5. Equal-area stereographic net and Counting net.

6. Van passenger list.

7. GY480 Enrollment Checklist


See the course syllabus  for equipment requirements and an outline of course projects: GY480 Course Syllabus


Check out the GY480 Field Geology Virtual Tour for a preview of the Geology

Please contact me at for more information!


Web page maintained by:
David Allison

University of South Alabama

Department of Earth Sciences

                       Last modified: 1/11/2020