College Students

Are you a student looking for an opportunity to gain experience in paleontology and earn credit?  Or are you just trying to decide if paleontology is the best fit for your interests and career goals?  Either way, our Field Paleontology course is exactly what you're looking for.


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GEO 328 - Field Paleontology

June 28 - July 11, 2020

3 Credits

Credits are transferable to most U.S. colleges/universities and academic programs.  Be sure to check with your adviser.

About the Course

The BBPI has partnered with Rocky Mountain College to create GEO328 - Field Paleontology. This course is designed to provide extensive field-based opportunities for students to interpret the paleoecological conditions present in the Bighorn Basin region during the Mesozoic and early Cenozoic eras of geologic time. Students will spend a great deal of time searching for, excavating, and analyzing fossils and geologic specimens found in the region.  Most field collecting and instruction will focus on the Jurassic Morrison Formation and latest Cretaceous Lance Formation. Students also will learn about the regional geology, stratigraphy, and paleogeography. 

Throughout the course, you will work alongside paleontologists and graduate students with various backgrounds and fields of expertise.


RMC Registration opens March 30, but spots are limited. Save your spot by completing your BBPI registration today!


Course Structure

  • Students will spend their days searching for, collecting, excavating, and documenting fossils, fossil localities, and geological evidence for the paleoenvironmental conditions that existed in this region many millions of years ago.

  • Informal evening classroom sessions will provide interactive instruction and hands-on activities.

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  • 3 credits = n/a

  • per week course fee = $1,600

    • The course fee includes all meals, room & board, field equipment, instruction, and transportation once you arrive in Billings, MT.

      • NOTE: We do not provide transportation from your home to Billings.

      • Your deposit is refundable through April 30, 2020.

  • Total: 2020 pricing available soon



  • Students are required to attend for 2 weeks.

  • For more information on travel, lodging, and much more, please see our Public Expeditions and FAQs pages.



This course is administered by Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana. Professors for this course are BBPI leaders Dr. Rick Schmidt and Jason Schein, but all of the BBPI’s staff will be working with you to provide the most hands-on, instructive, and broad-based experience possible.

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Step 1: Register as a Student Crew Member through the BBPI.  This can be done at any time, and since demand is high for the limited spots, we recommend registering as soon as possible.

  • You will also need to submit your deposit to hold your spot.

Step 2: Register with Rocky Mountain College as a Non-Degree Seeking Student.  Registration for Summer 2 Semester opens March 25, 2019.

  • The transcript requirement is waived, but you WILL need your immunization records.

  • Register directly with the Admissions Office: 406.657.1026

  • Other useful numbers:

    • For financial questions, contact Dianne Capron: 406.657.1016

    • Office of Student Records: 406.657.1030