Frequently Asked Questions
(and Answers) about GEOL 3750 and H3750....

QUESTION: "Why should I take the course?"

ANSWER: Perhaps the best reason for taking the course is that you will have a unique opportunity to learn by directly observing in the field. Most students find this type of experience to be a very effective and enjoyable way to learn and an excellent alternative to a traditional lecture course. It's fun to experience the history, culture, and natural beauty of a different country. Many students also enjoy being outdoors and the chance to study marine environments such as beaches and reefs.  

QUESTION: "Is the course open to all majors?"

ANSWER: Yes, the course is open to undergraduate students of all majors. Usually one-third to one-half of the students are from majors other than geology. A wide range of majors from across campus is typically represented.

QUESTION: "Can I take the course even if I have never taken a geology course before?"

ANSWER: Yes, it is possible to take GEOL 3750 or GEOL H3750 even if you have never taken a geology course before. Although GEOL 1010 or the instructor's permission is a prerequisite, most introductory science courses will satisfy the prerequisite. Contact the instructor (jcastle@clemson.edu) for details.

QUESTION: "Which course requirements does GEOL 3750 fulfill for geology majors?"

ANSWER: GEOL 3750 counts as the "Field Experience" required for B.S. Majors in the Environmental Science concentration. It counts as a "Geology Requirement" for B.S. Geology majors (including those in the Hydrogeology concentration), and B.A. Geology majors.

QUESTION: "Can the course be taken for Honors credit?"

ANSWER: Yes. An Honors section is offered. Register for GEOL H3750.

QUESTION: "Does GEOL 3750 count as a General Education lab science course?"

ANSWER: GEOL 3750 does not count toward fulfilling the General Education lab science requirement. GEOL 3750 provides students with a unique opportunity to learn by direct experience in the field. It is not a lab course. There are other courses, such as GEOL 1010/1030 available for meeting the lab science requirement.

QUESTION: "Is the course open to students from other universities?"

ANSWER: Yes. The university simplifies the application process for students wishing to take courses at Clemson for transferring the credits to another college or university. Call the Registrar's Office at 864-656-2171 for an application form and complete information. Also, if you are from another college or university, please inform the course instructor (jcastle@clemson.edu) that you are interested in taking the course.  

QUESTION: "Will there be some lectures before we go so that we'll know what to expect and what we'll be looking at?"

ANSWER: Yes, there will be several lectures and coordination meetings before we go. This will provide you with the background needed to understand the field observations and give you a chance to get acquainted with the other students in the course. Of course, there will also be explanations while we are in the field.

QUESTION: "What is the scheduled time for the lectures?"

ANSWER: A suitable time for students to meet will be scheduled near the beginning of Spring semester.  Plan to meet about once per week during the semester. 

QUESTION: "How will my grade for the course be determined?"

ANSWER: It will be determined by two quizzes, participation, and a brief report and exercises while we are in the field. The first quiz will cover material from the introductory lectures and will be given before we leave for the Bahamas. The exercises will involve making observations while we in the field and will usually be done by groups of two or three students working together. The second quiz will be given shortly after our return from the Bahamas.  There will not be a final exam.  You will be asked to complete a course evaluation.

QUESTION: "I've never taken this type of course or been on a field trip like this before. How do I know what to expect?"

ANSWER: Most students find this type of learning experience to be special and memorable in a very positive way. If you have never taken a field course like this before, you may want to ask one of the students who took the course in a previous year. Also, you may want to see some photographs (click here) from our previous field trips to the Bahamas.  

QUESTION: "Where will we stay in the Bahamas?"

ANSWER: We will stay at Forfar Field Station or nearby accommodations on Andros Island. Forfar is operated by International Field Studies, which is a non-profit, educational organization.  International Field Studies also provides van and boat transportation and local guides on Andros Island.  

QUESTION: "How much does it cost?"

ANSWER: The program fee is $1,670, which includes all meals (except one) and lodging for 7 days and 7 nights on Andros Island in the Bahamas, round-trip air transportation from Ft. Lauderdale to the Bahamas, local van and boat transportation in the Bahamas, and one night shared lodging in Ft. Lauderdale. Clemson students enrolled full-time during spring semester do not pay any additional tuition for the course. 

QUESTION: "When and how do I pay the fees?"

ANSWER: Fees are billed and payable to Clemson University. 

QUESTION: "Is financial aid available?"

ANSWER: Financial aid to help cover the course fees may be available depending on your individual situation.  See http://terradotta.app.clemson.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=10018 

QUESTION: "How do I apply and register?"

ANSWER: Application and registration is a simple, two-step process. See http://www.clemson.edu/ces/geo375/geo375reg.htm for details.

QUESTION: "Is there a deadline for applying and registering?"

ANSWER: You should apply and register as soon as possible because enrollment is limited. Application deadline is November 15, but applications will continue to be considered as space remains available. If you want to sign up for GEOL 3750 or GEOL H3750, but the registration system indicates that the class is full, contact the instructor (jcastle@clemson.edu) to find out if more spaces are available, or if there is a waiting list.

QUESTION: "I want to take the course, but missed the deadline. What can I do?"

ANSWER: Check with the instructor (jcastle@clemson.edu) to find out if space is still available.

QUESTION: "If I miss the course in 2015, when will it be taught again?"

ANSWER: The next time that we plan to teach the course is Spring Semester or Summer Session, 2017.

If you have any unanswered questions, please email Dr. Jim Castle at jcastle@clemson.edu or call 656-5015.



This page was last updated on October 8, 2014. Maintained by Dr. James Castle.