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Course offers geology credit

Students in Hayden Chasteens summer field trip geology course will visit sites in Texas this year. Last years class visited El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. Students receive geology and P.E. credits.  Photo courtesy Hayden Chasteen
Students in Hayden Chasteen’s summer field trip geology course will visit sites in Texas this year. Last year’s class visited El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. Students receive geology and P.E. credits. Photo courtesy Hayden Chasteen

By Gary Collins/managing editor

Students in Hayden Chasteen's summer field trip geology course will visit sites in Texas this year. Last year's class visited El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. Students receive geology and P.E. credits.  Photo courtesy Hayden Chasteen
Students in Hayden Chasteen’s summer field trip geology course will visit sites in Texas this year. Last year’s class visited El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. Students receive geology and P.E. credits. Photo courtesy Hayden Chasteen

Students looking for an adventure this summer should get out on the highway with the NE natural sciences department’s geology summer field course 2008.

“Students will observe the geologic processes and structures that are inadequately described in a classroom setting,” Hayden Chasteen, assistant professor of geology, said.

The trip has a limit of 10 this year. Before students can sign up, they need to contact Chasteen at 817-515-6694, fill out a questionnaire and pay a $325 deposit.

“Technically, the trip encompasses three courses—GEOL 2407, GEOL 1305 and PHED 1106,” he said. “This year the trip will be the geology of Texas and southeast New Mexico.”

The trip will take students to Palo Duro Canyon, Carlsbad Caverns and a hike up Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in Texas.

Following the hike, students will raft or canoe down the Rio Grande River and spend two days in Big Bend.

While on South Padre Island, students will explore the coast of Texas.

After South Padre, the group will head into Hill Country to Enchanted Rock and Pedernales State Park.

The last stop is at a lignite mine in east Texas.

“Each student is required to answer a set of daily questions as well as do some extensive reading,” he said. “They will also have to keep a daily journal of what they have seen and experienced on the trip.”

The total cost is $625, which includes food, camping, park entry fees, gas and van rental.

Registration begins in March or April when summer courses registration opens, but students wanting to go need to contact Chasteen immediately as spots are limited.

Prior to leaving, students must attend a pre-trip seminar May 12-16.

The group will leave May 17 and return June 1.

Payment can be made through the business services office. For more information, contact Chasteen at 817-515-6694 or at hayden. chasteen@tccd.edu.

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