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GEOSC 197- Introduction to the geology of oil and natural gas in PA

We will cover topics such as the origin, geologic distribution, exploration, and exploitation of oil and natural gas. The class will also focus on the geology of Pennsylvania’s Oil & Gas and the Marcellus Shale play covering PA, WV, Ohio and NY.

This class is perfect for professionals in banks and financial services, engineering, business, legal, medical and healthcare, construction, hospitality and information technology to learn about both the geology and the industry.

The course will also benefit incumbent workers in the Shale and Gas industries who are not familiar with Pennsylvania geology.

Course will be hybrid delivery, including four live face-to-face sessions will be video tele-conferenced from the Clearfield Outreach Center to the DuBois Campus, DEF Room 201on the following dates: September 4th & 18th, October 2nd & 16th.


GEOSC 197 Special Topics - Geology of Oil & Gas

August 29 to October 17, 2013

Wednesdays and WEB, 5:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

 For additional information or to register for this course, please contact at Karen Kemmer, kxk951@psu.edu or 814-375-4718.

Instructor: Katelyn Olcott, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Geosciences & Center for Geomechanics, Geofluids & Geohazards at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA. 

  • In addition, she currently consults with small businesses who have mapping and geologic consulting needs.
  • Previous jobs as an exploration geologist to find places to drill for natural gas in the Appalachian basin.

  • Worked for Bureau of Land Management – USDOI in Washington D.C. responsible for using GIS to analyze natural resources on public land.

  • Taught various geology courses and labs at West Virginia University.


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