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 (including deposit): $1600 
TOTAL (in-state):  $3,574

NOTE: all students must present proof of insurance coverage for Summer term 2019 by May 1, 2019

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

Other Requirements

1.      Proof of Medical Insurance for Summer term 2019 (photocopied Medical ID card is sufficient)

2.      Students must sign a liability release for access to Murchison Ranch while in Texas (forms turned into Instructor)

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


Important 2019 Dates 

Deadline for $200 deposit: March 1, 2019
Deadline for $1400 remainder of fee: April 1, 2019

Mobile to Huntsville S.P., TX: May 6, 2019

Arrive at Inks Lake S.P.,TX : May 7

Arrive at Palo Duro S.P. TX: May 17

Arrive at Pilar, NM: May 19

Arrive at Mesa Verde N.P. CO May 28

Arrive at Canyonlands N.P. UT May 29

Arrive at North Rim Grand Canyon N.P. AZ June 1

Depart for Alb. NM June 5

Depart for Ft. Worth TX June 6

Vans arrive back in Mobile: June 7
All projects due by: June 4


Accommodations & Camping

May 6, 2019: Huntsville State Park, TX

Google Earth link to Huntsville S.P. TX

May 7 - May 16, 2019:
Inks Lake State Park, Texas
(tent camping)  (Images)

Google Earth link to Inks Lake S.P. TX

May 17-18, 2019: Palo Duro State Park, TX (tent camping)

Google Earth link to Palo Duro S.P. TX

May 19- May 26, 2019: Rio Bravo Campground @ Pilar NM (tent camping)

Google Earth link to Rio Bravo Campsite NM

May 27-28: Mesa Verde N.P. CO

Google Earth link to Mesa Verde N.P. CO

May 29-31: Canyonlands N.P. UT

Google Earth link to Canyonlands N.P. UT

June 1-4: North Rim Grand Canyon N. P. AZ (tent camping site)

Google Earth link to North Rim Campsite AZ

June 5: depart for Alb. NM (motel)

June 6: depart for Ft. Worth, TX (motel)

June 7: 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. Murchison Release Form

8. 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

*Deposits and fees are payable to the Student Accounting get account information from department administrative assistant

Please contact me at for more information!


Web page maintained by:
David Allison

University of South Alabama

Department of Earth Sciences

Last modified: 1/11/2019