The Hydrology, Geology and Soils of Georgia


UGA Maymester Field Course - 3 Credit Hours

Description: A field course to study the physical environment of Georgia.

  • We explore Georgia' diverse geology, soils, and surface and subsurface hydrology.
  • Our goal is to see and understand the interactions between human activities and the environment.
  • We visit mines, farms, forests, wetlands, rivers, lakes, and estuaries.
  • Destinations include (hopefully!!) Magnolia Springs, Jekyll Island, Okefenokee Swamp, Flint River, Ichauway, Providence Canyon, Nantahala River, Cloudland Canyon, Copper Hill, Coweeta Hydrologic Lab, Tallulah Gorge
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  • Stream gaging, water quality and soil surveys, geologic mapping, plant and animal habitats
  • Develop conceptual models and management plans that integrate field data.

Primitive lodging


  • We have space for about 15 students.
  • Contact Todd Rasmussen to register.

Tentative schedule

May 8 Mon Orientation @ 9am (Warnell 4-116) Home
May 9 - 12 Tu - Fr Magnolia Springs (Millen) Bunkbeds
May 12 - 15 Fr - Mo Fort McAllister (coastal) Campground
May 15 - 16 Mo - Tu Okeefenokee EcoLodge
May 16 - 19 Tu - Fr Lake Blackshear (Flint River) Campground (?)
May 19 - 21 Fr - Su Holiday Break Home
May 22 - May 25 Mo - Th Cloudland Canyon (Lookout Mountain) Campground
May 25-28 Th - Su Standing Indian (Nantahala) Campground
May 29-31 Mo - We Local Field Trips Home

University Honor Code: Students shall adhere to UGA's Student Honor Code: "I will be academically honest in all of my academic work and will not tolerate academic dishonesty of others." A Culture of Honesty -- UGA's policy and procedures for handling cases of suspected dishonesty -- can be found at