(and Answers) about GEOL 375 and H375....
should I take the course?" ANSWER: Geology
375 (Bahamian Field Study) provides 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.
QUESTION: "What is
the pre-requisite for taking the course?" ANSWER:
You should have already completed an introductory-level college science
course. Contact the instructor (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have
teaches the course?” ANSWER: The course is taught by Dr. James
Castle, Professor in the Department of Environmental Engineering &
Earth Sciences. Dr. Castle joined the faculty at Clemson University in 1995
and has taught the course several times beginning in 2001.
QUESTION: "Can the
course be taken for Honors credit?"
ANSWER: Yes. An Honors section, GEOL H375, is offered.
GEOL 375 count as a General Education lab science course?" ANSWER: GEOL 375 does not count
toward fulfilling the General Education lab science requirement. GEOL 375
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
101/103 available for meeting the lab science requirement.
course requirements does GEOL 375 fulfill for geology majors?" ANSWER: GEOL 375 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: "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 (email@example.com)
that you are interested in taking the course.
there be any assignments or other work to do before we go to the
Bahamas?" ANSWER: Yes. Beginning
in early May, there will be online assignments and quizzes that must be
completed by May 17. This will provide you with some background to better
understand the field observations.
“Will there be any lectures?” ANSWER: Yes, there will be a lecture
or other activity most evenings while in the Bahamas.
QUESTION: "How will
my grade for the course be determined?" ANSWER: Your grade will be
determined by online quizzes, participation, field exercises, and an online
exam after returning from the Bahamas. The field exercises will involve
making observations while we in the Bahamas and will usually be done by
groups of two or three students working together.
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.
“Will I need a passport for travel to the Bahamas?” ANSWER: Yes.
“Will I need any additional vaccinations for
travel to the Bahamas?” ANSWER: None
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 meals, classroom and meeting space, van and boat
transportation, and local guides on Andros Island.
“How will we get to the Bahamas?” ANSWER: The program fee includes
round-trip air transportation from Ft. Lauderdale to the Bahamas on direct
flights booked by International Field Studies. Students must
arrange their own domestic transportation from school or home to Ft.
Lauderdale (cost of travel from school or home to and from Ft. Lauderdale
is not included in the program fee). Some students carpool from Clemson,
while others fly to Ft. Lauderdale. Students should arrive in Ft.
Lauderdale by 6:00 PM on Friday, May 17. We will meet in the evening of May
17 at the hotel where we will stay that night.
“Do we have to be in Clemson before or after the
trip to the Bahamas?” ANSWER: No.
We will meet in Ft. Lauderdale for travel to the Bahamas.
QUESTION: "How much
does it cost?" ANSWER: Cost includes a program fee plus tuition
and fees. The program fee,
which is $1,350, includes all meals (except one) and lodging for 7 days and 7
nights on Andros Island; round-trip air transportation
from Ft. Lauderdale to Andros Island; local van and boat transportation in
the Bahamas, and one night shared lodging (May 17) in Ft. Lauderdale. In addition to
the program fee, tuition and fees for a 3-credit course, which are $1,805
(same for in-state and out-of-state students) must be paid to Clemson
financial aid available?" ANSWER:
Financial aid to help cover tuition and fees may be available depending on
your individual situation. For additional information, contact the
Study Abroad Office (E307 Martin Hall) or the Financial Aid Office (G01
QUESTION: "How do I
apply and register?" ANSWER:
The registration procedure for GEOL 375 and GEOL H375 (Honors) is the same
as for other courses at Clemson. Information and forms from the Study
Abroad Office will be sent to all students registered for the course. An
application for the course must be completed. The application can be
downloaded from the Study Abroad website at http://www.clemson.edu/academics/programs/study-abroad/study_abroad_students/application.html
and turned into the Study Abroad office (E307 Martin Hall).
QUESTION: "Is there a deadline for registering?" ANSWER:
You should register for the course as soon as possible because enrollment
is limited and the course is likely to fill. Applications are due in the
Study Abroad Office by February 1, but applications after the deadline will
be accepted as spaces remain. A deposit of $300 is due at the time of
QUESTION: "I would
like to take the course, but the course is already full. What can I
Add your name to the request log and contact the instructor (firstname.lastname@example.org).
QUESTION: "I would
like to take the course, but missed the deadline for applying and
registering. What can I do?" ANSWER:
Students can apply to be added to the course as space remains. Contact the
you have any unanswered questions, please email Dr. Jim Castle at email@example.com or call 656-5015.