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 March 24||6:00am-10:00pm||Dr. Snow|
|Saturday April 7||6:00am-10:00pm||Dr. Hauptvogel|
|Saturday April 7||8:00am-5:00pm||Dr. Mann|
|Saturday April 14||8:00am-5:00pm||Dr. Lapen|
|Houston Museum of Natural Science Tours||Time||Trip Leader|
|Thursday March 22||2:00pm-5:00pm||Dr. Hauptvogel|
|Thursday March 29||2:00pm-5:00pm||TBA|
|Thursday April 5||2:00pm-5:00pm||TBA|
|Thursday April 12||2:00pm-5:00pm||TBA|
|Thursday April 19||2:00pm-5:00pm||TBA|
|Thursday April 26||2:00pm-5:00pm||TBA|
|Campus Building Tours||Time||Trip Leader|
|Monday March 19||11:00am-12:00pm||Lian Jiang|
|Monday March 19||12:00pm-1:00pm||Atlanta Sen|
|Monday March 19||2:30pm-3:30pm||Ekenemolise Adigwe|
|Tuesday March 20||11:30am-12:30pm||Tithi Ghosh|
|Tuesday march 20||3:00pm-4:00pm||Jessica Chew|
|Wednesday March 21||9:00am-10:00am||Andrea Paris|
|Wednesday March 21||11:00am-12:00pm||Yukai Wo|
|Wednesday March 21||2:30pm-3:30pm||Mandy Lopez|
|Thursday March 22||9:00am-10:00am||Weiyao Yan|
|Thursday March 22||11:30am-12:30pm||Chris Xiao|
|Thursday March 22||4:00pm-5:00pm||Lin Xiong|
|Friday March 23||10:00am-11:00am||Nan Sun|
|Friday March 23||1:00pm-2:00pm||Yang Wang|
|Friday March 23||2:30pm-3:30pm||Somaria Sammy|
|Monday March 26||9:00am-10:00am||Zhonghan Liu|
|Monday March 26||11:00am-12:00pm||Ying Zhang|
|Tuesday March 27||10:00am-11:00am||Chase Parsons|
|Tuesday March 27||12:00pm-1:00pm||Jiali Ren|
|Tuesday March 27||2:30pm-3:30pm||Sharif Morshed|
|Wednesday March 28||10:00am-11:00am||Yuandi Gan|
|Wednesday March 28||1:00pm-2:00pm||Rachel Clark|
|Wednesday March 28||4:00pm-5:00pm||Preston Fleck|
|Thursday March 29||10:00am-11:00am||Pongthep Thongsang|
|Thursday March 29||1:00pm-2:00pm||Cole Jones|
|Thursday March 29||3:00pm-4:00pm||Matt Sexton|
|Friday March 30||12:00pm-1:00pm||Keyao Xia|
|Friday March 30||1:00pm-2:00pm||Yinshuai Ding|