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Location

Galway, Doolin, Ireland

Program Description

Field Geology in Ireland is the JMU Geology and Environmental Science capstone course that combines study-abroad experience in western Ireland with a modern approach to field geology. This course provides key preparation for geoscience careers in the areas of geologic mapping and map preparation based on the collection and management of data in the field.

Projects include:

1) mapping and interpretation of structurally complex terranes including areas where sequences of sedimentary rock have been folded and faulted, and where metamorphic rock sequences have been complexly deformed

2) mapping of surficial sediments deposited by glaciers during the most recent glacial advance

3) collection and interpretation of hydrologic data from a karst terrane with losing and sinking streams

Cultural activities will include a day in the Connemara region in northwest Ireland, several days in the west coast city of Galway, and a few days in the town of Doolin in Co. Clare, where trips to the Cliffs of Moher, the Aran Islands, and a morning on a dolphin-watch boat in the Shannon River will be arranged, along with the opportunity to listen to Irish music in the famous venues of Doolin.

Location Description

Once students have been met by the faculty, they will go to the Petersburg Outdoor Education and Training Center (POETC) near Clonbur in Co. Galway. The group will be housed there for approximately the first 2 and 1/2 weeks of the course, on the southern edge of Ireland's Joyce Country, a rugged mountainous area that straddles Counties Galway and Mayo in an area that offers numerous field mapping opportunities.

From there the program will move to lodging on the campus of the National University of Ireland (NUI) in Galway, where over a 5 day period students will work on the project in the karst of the world-famous Burren region of Co. Clare on the south side of Galway Bay, interspersed with time to explore the city of Galway and environs.

From there, the final stop will be cottages in Doolin, where 3 days will be spent exploring the culture and geology of Counties Clare and Kerry.

Director

John Haynes | haynesjx@jmu.edu | Geology and Environmental Science

Steve Baedke | baedkesj@jmu.edu | Geology and Environmental Science

Accommodations

Housing: At the POETC, students will be housed in rooms of 4, with two double bunk beds and ensuite bath and showers. Breakfast and dinner are served in the dining hall, a room that can seat about 50, with lunches being packed each morning for the field. The accommodations include a common living room with sofas and chairs, a study room in addition to the dining room which is available for use after hours, and access to Lough Mask and various trails on the grounds of the POETC as well. The town of Clonbur is an ~25 minute walk from POETC, and students may opt to walk into the town some evenings for dinner at a local establishment if they so choose.

At the NUI in Galway, students will be housed on campus in 4 room apartments that accommodate 2 students to a room. Each apartment has a fully stocked kitchen, and students will be given time to shop for food to cook breakfast and / dinner as they please, and to prepare a field lunch each day. There will also be opportunities to go out for dinner in Galway.

In Doolin, students will be housed in cottages that accommodate 6 students, variously in single or double occupancy rooms. Each apartment has a small living room, dining room, and fully stocked kitchen, and students will be given time to shop for food to cook breakfast and dinner as they please, and to prepare a field lunch each day. There will also be opportunities to go out for dinner in Doolin.

Meals: At POETC, all meals on site will be included in the cost of the program. 

At NUI, students will be allocated a daily meal stipend that will cover the meals during the time in Galway.

At Doolin, students will be allocated a daily meal stipend that will cover the meals during the time in Doolin.

Additional Items to Consider

Students will be responsible for their airfare to Ireland, with Dublin being the suggested point of arrival and departure. Students will be responsible for procuring rail or bus fare from Dublin to Galway, where they will be met by the faculty at a time and date to be determined.

Cell coverage in Ireland is generally fair to good, and students are responsible for procuring their own cellular data plan.

At this time, we do not know what might be required by the Republic of Ireland in terms of proof of vaccination against COVID-19.

COVID-19 Location Information:

Each country has different requirements upon entry with regard to COVID-19. Please check this website for the most up-to-date information on what is required for the country (or countries) that are part of this program. Please note that this changes often, so we encourage you to check back frequently.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

Must have completed: GEOL 300, GEOL 387, GEOL 388

Junior or Senior standing

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($40 fee)
  • Short Essay 
  • Interview with Program Director may be required
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

Application Deadline

Dates


All dates are tentative and subject to change

Courses

GEOL 399: Field Geology (4 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.

Cost

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