Field trips are held both around campus and at various locations throughout the Texas area. Please direct any questions regarding upcoming field trips to Jinny Sisson or Daniel Hauptvogel.
Fall 2017 field trip signups are open!
- Field Trip Dates & Online Registration
- Field Trip Frequently Asked Questions
- Campus Field Trip Guidebook *NEW*
- Virtual Field Trip to Central TX (If you violate the UH academic honesty policy while doing this field trip, we will impose sanctions.)
Central TX field trips:
Field trips to Central TX showcase traditional geology looking the rock cycle, minerals, faults, intrusions, and an unconformity. There are typically 4 stops on this trip, with the last stop at Enchanted Rock State Park where you can take in a gorgeous late afternoon view of Central TX. A physical geology faculty member will lead this trip. Trips leave UH at 6:00 am and do not return until about 10:00 pm. A 55-passenger coach bus is used for this trip with a restroom on the bus. The bus will make 3 stops throughout the day for food and drink supplies, or you may bring your own.
There is also a virtual field trip to Central TX available, where you can watch videos of faculty explaining field trip stops and make geologic interpretations on high-resolution images. To get extra credit, you need to submit answers to questions as well as your geologic interpretations to the Geoscience Learning Center. You need to do your own answers and interpretations. You may not submit work done by others nor may you work with a fellow student for extra credit.
Galveston field trips:
Field trips to the Galveston area explore coastal as well as river processes (depending on which faculty is leading the trip). You can expect to learn about beach erosion, sediment transport, ocean currents, and more. A physical geology faculty member leads this trip. Trips leave UH at 8:00 am and return around 5:00 pm. A 55-passenger coach bus is used for this trip with a restroom on the bus.
Houston field trips:
This is a new trip developed for the Spring 2017 semester that will explore local faults and river processes in the Houston area. Despite Houston being on a passive margin, several faults do exist related to the opening of the Gulf of Mexico and uplift of salt domes in the area. A physical geology faculty member leads this trip. Trips leave UH at 8:00 am and returns around 5:00 pm. This trip uses 3 15-passenger vans and will make several rest stops.
On-campus building tours:
There are no rocks naturally present in the Houston area, however many of the buildings on campus are made from geologic materials (at least on the outside). This tour is led by physical geology TAs who will teach you about the rocks that some buildings, walkways, and hallway walls on campus are made from. Tours are 1 hour long, with many options for days and times each semester. You can click on the link above to download a guidebook for the on-campus tour.
Houston Museum of Natural Science tours:
HMNS tours explore 3 halls related to geology, the Morian Hall of Paleontology, the Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals, and the Wiess Energy Hall. Physical geology faculty members or TAs leads trips. These tours meet in the museum lobby at 2:00 pm on the last 6 Thursdays during the semester, when entry to the museum is free. The tours last about 3 hours and you are responsible for your own transportation to and from the museum.
|Central TX||Time||Trip Leader|
|Saturday November 4||6:00am-10:00pm||Dr. Brandon|
|Saturday November 11||6:00am-10:00pm||Dr. Murphy|
|Saturday November 18||6:00am-10:00pm||Dr. Robinson|
|Saturday October 21||8:00am-5:00pm||Dr. Lytwyn|
|Saturday October 28||8:00am-5:00pm||Dr. Fu|
|Houston Museum of Natural Science Tours||Time||Trip Leader|
|Thursday October 19||2:00pm-5:00pm||TBA|
|Thursday October 26||2:00pm-5:00pm||TBA|
|Thursday November 2||2:00pm-5:00pm||TBA|
|Thursday November 9||2:00pm-5:00pm||TBA|
|Thursday November 16||2:00pm-5:00pm||TBA|
|Thursday November 30||2:00pm-5:00pm||TBA|
|Campus Building Tours||Time||Trip Leader|
|Monday October 9||9:00am-10:00am||Yuandi Gan|
|Monday October 9||2:30pm-3:30pm||Tithi Ghosh|
|Tuesday October 10||8:30am-9:30am||Mandy Lopez|
|Tuesday October 10||12:00pm-1:00pm||Marwa Hussein|
|Tuesday October 10||4:00pm-5:00pm||Wenyuan Zhang|
|Wednesday October 11||10:30am-11:30am||Andrea Paris|
|Wednesday October 11||12:00pm-1:00pm||Matt Sexton|
|Wednesday October 11||2:30pm-3:30pm||Zhonghan Liu|
|Thursday October 12||10:00am-11:00am||Yang Wang|
|Thursday October 12||11:30am-12:30pm||Chis Xiao|
|Thursday October 12||4:00pm-5:00pm||Suoya Fan|
|Friday October 13||9:00am-10:00am||Lian Jiang|
|Friday October 13||12:00pm-1:00pm||Cole Jones|
|Friday October 13||2:00pm-3:00pm||Weiyao Yan|
|Monday October 16||10:00am-11:00am||Sharif Morshed|
|Monday October 16||1:00pm-2:00pm||Somaria Sammy|
|Monday October 16||2:30pm-3:30pm||Yipeng Li|
|Tuesday October 17||11:00am-12:00pm||Hongli Jing|
|Tuesday October 17||2:30pm-3:30pm||Keyao Xia|
|Tuesday October 17||3:30pm-4:30pm||Yukai Wo|
|Wednesday October 18||9:00am-10:00am||Atlanta Sen|
|Wednesday October 18||2:30pm-3:30pm||Rachel Clark|
|Wednesday October 18||4:00pm-5:00pm||Jiali Ren|
|Thursday October 19||12:00pm-1:00pm||Jingjing Zong|
|Thursday October 19||1:00pm-2:00pm||Hongru Hu|
|Thursday October 19||4:00pm-5:00pm||Yang Mu|
|Friday October 20||12:00pm-1:00pm||Yuan Tian|
|Friday October 20||1:30pm-2:30pm||Hanlin Liu|
|Friday October 20||3:00pm-4:00pm||Bingyi Zhao|