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Stones and Bones

We are no longer admitting high school students to the 2018 Summer Session.

Study basic geology (including rocks and minerals, stratigraphy, earth history, and mapping skills), evolutionary biology (including comparative skeletal anatomy of fishes and other freshwater animals, large-scale evolutionary patterns of these animals, and how the 50-million-year-old ecosystem of the Fossil Lake Range was established and functioned), and methods of specimen-based research.  This course provides the fundamental scientific background needed to discover and understand the meaning of fossils as they are preserved, as well as gain actual field experience in Wyoming.  Students go “behind the scenes” at the Field Museum to examine previously collected fossils and learn how to prepare, conserve, and analyze specimens.  The textbook-Grande, L. 2013. The Lost World of Fossil Lake: Snapshots from Deep Time. University of Chicago Press, 440 pp., is available on Amazon.

Course Code

BIOS 10004


BIOS 10005




High School Students


Biological Sciences

Class Day(s)

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri

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Class End Time


Primary Instructor

Lance Grande


Session I

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  • Students who apply will be admitted using rolling admission and require a $50 application fee.
  • The Summer Session application deadline is May 1, 2018. Students may apply after this deadline, but will be required to pay an additional $100 rush processing fee.
  • For all courses still open, international students must submit all application materials before April 9.
  • For domestic students, rolling admissions will typically close by early May; this may be earlier for specific programs that fill.

Additional Details

  • Prerequisite: a course in general science, particularly geology or biology.
  • This course is open to high school students only.

Cost & Aid

Total Cost (includes Tuition, Housing and Dining, and Fees): $11,400.

Complete Cost & Aid Information (including housing and other fees) for high school students can be found here.
Complete Cost & Aid Information (including housing and other fees) for undergraduates can be found here.