David T. Allison
Associate Professor of Geology
Department of Earth Sciences
Phone (251) 460-6381
Ext. 7574
Fax (251) 461-1487 


Estimated Cost

 USA (6 credit hours) tuition:

In-state: $1,974 (6 hr. @ $329/hr.)

Out-of-state: $3,948 (6 hr. @ $658/hr.) 
 Course Fee : $1600 
TOTAL (in-state):  $3,574

TOTAL (out-of-state): $5,548

NOTE: all students must present proof of insurance coverage for Summer term 2021 by May 1, 2021

   Course Prerequisites
Igneous & Met. Petrology (GY303) ;  Structural Geology (GY403), First Aid (HS170 or Red Cross First Aid certification  equivalent); or permission of instructor

Other Requirements

1.     Proof of Medical Insurance for Summer term 2021 (photocopied Medical ID card is sufficient)

2.     See GY480 course syllabus for detailed equipment/tools list


Important 2021 Dates 

Mobile to Cheaha S.P., AL: May 10, 2021

Arrive at Lake Lurlene S.P., AL: May 15

Arrive at Huntsville S.P. TX: May 22

Arrive at Inks Lake S.P., TX May 23

Arrive back in Mobile: May 29
All projects due by: June 11


Accommodations & Camping

May 10 - May 14, 2021:
Cheaha State Park, AL
(tent camping) (Web Site)

Google Earth link to Cheaha S.P. AL


May 15-19, 2021: Lake Lurlene State Park, AL (tent camping) (Web Site)

Google Earth link to Lake Lurlene S. P. AL

Google Earth link to Tannehill S.P. AL

May 20-21: Mobile AL

May 22, 2021: Huntsville State Park, TX (tent camping/screen shelter) (Web Site)

Google Earth link to Huntsville S.P., TX

May 23-May 28: Inks Lake State Park, TX (tent camping) (Web Site)

Google Earth link to Inks Lake S.P., TX

May 29: Depart for Mobile

June 1-11: USA campus/Weeks Bay hydrogeology/geomorphology Projects (Mobile AL)

Weeks Bay Web Site

Google Earth link to Weeks Bay

Field Geology Gear Links

REI Outfitters: Camping Gear, GPS, Backpacks, Outdoor Clothing

Campmor Outfitters: Camping Gear, Outdoor Clothing, Lanterns, Headlamps

Forestry Suppliers, Inc.: Good source for rock picks, GPS, Drafting supplies, Pocket transit, Notebooks, First Aid kits, Insect repellents.

Textbook (Compton, 1985, Geology in the Field)

Pocket Transit (Brunton Compass; Azimuth International is best)

Field Notebook (select Transit style)

Rock Pick (Rock hammer)

GPS (Same type used by Earth Sciences Dept)

Mountain Press Publishing: source of Roadside Geology book series. Informative reading for those long van rides, and a reference for regional geology information useful in written reports.

NOTE: the above gear sources are not endorsed by the University of South Alabama or the instructor. These are simply sources discovered by the instructor or previous students that have had good value and service. Students may find better value at other sites.

GY480 Guidelines and Forms


1. Geologic Map and Cross-section Requirements.

2. Total Station checklist.

3. 1:12,000 Geologic Mapping checklist.

4. Lithologic description checklist.

5. Equal-area stereographic net and Counting net.

6. Van passenger list.

7. GY480 Enrollment Checklist


See the course syllabus  for equipment requirements and an outline of course projects: GY480 Course Syllabus


Check out the GY480 Field Geology Virtual Tour for a preview of the Geology

Please contact me at for more information!


Web page maintained by:
David Allison

University of South Alabama

Department of Earth Sciences

                       Last modified: 3/11/2021