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.
There will be no spring 2021 in-person field trips. There will be virtual field trips to take instead (see options below). The due date for these is generally at the end of the semester but please check with your professor or lab TA. Also check which of these may be accepted by your professor.
These virtual tours may take a while to download depending on your internet connection.
Virtual Campus Building Stones Tour
Virtual Field Trip to Central TX
Virtual Field Trip to the Upper Texas Coast
Virtual Field Trip to the Earth's Mantle (Download this PDF and answer the questions)
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.
Upper Texas Coast field trips:
Field trips to the Upper Texas coastal 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.
There is also a virtual field trip to the Upper Texas Coast available with videos explaining field trip stops as well as 360o images showing key features. 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.
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.
There is a new virtual field trip using the Google Earth app that shows a dozen different building stones throughout the UH campus. To get the extra credit you need to submit answers to questions to the Geoscience Learning Center.
Houston Museum of Natural Sciences (These are cancelled for Spring 2021. There may be an alternative posted on your class blackboard site)
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.