2) Dinosaur Evolution and Extinction (Sophomore or Junior year); this is an upper level biology course. This includes the opportunity to prepare dinosaur fossils in the lab.
3) Field course (summer, Freshman or Sophomore years); a three week gen ed course, where students join me to dig up dinosaurs in the Hell Creek Formation of Montana from mid July to early August: http://www.carthage.edu/live/news/151-productive-dinosaur-dig-has-students-buzzing. Exceptional paleo track students are invited to participate in succeeding field seasons as paid field assistants.
4) Independent Study (Spring, Junior year) in Dinosaur Ontogeny and Phylogeny; this is an upper-level biology course. This is only for students who are headed for graduate school (either Master's or Doctoral programs) who have a high record of academic achievement. In this course, students get one-on-one training with me on an actual research project that they can develop into their senior thesis. They also receive an intensive primer in phylogenetic systematics (cladistics).
5) Senior seminar (Fall, Senior year); this is an expansion of the Independent Study project, ideally based on a museum visit over the winter break.
Exceptional students in this track are candidates for the Paleobiology Achievement Award.
I must emphasize that this track is for students who are truly committed to pursuing vertebrate paleontology as their research career; this track is demanding, yet rewarding. Its entire purpose is to train students for graduate school, so that by their senior year they will have the background, experience, and maturity to meet potential graduate advisers.