Where classroom geology finally comes alive
Our goal is to help upper-level geology students make the all-important transition from classroom theory to real-world understanding while working in a variety of geologic settings.
During the five-and-a-half-week field course, we use the spectacular setting of the American Southwest as a laboratory where we teach students the basic skills of geologic mapping. At field camp, you will learn techniques that have been used by generations of working geologists and explore geology in areas of compression, extension, shearing, metamorphism, volcanism and glaciation.
Field camp starts with a few travel days as we head west. In New Mexico, we tour the amazing underground world of Carlsbad Caverns on our way to the rugged Gila Wilderness in Southwest New Mexico, the site of our first major mapping projects. When our work in New Mexico is finished, we hit the road for the Grand Canyon or other national parks in the American Southwest. Finally, we journey to the red-rock arches and alpine mountains of Southern Utah for our last mapping projects.
SFA’s field camp is top-quality and traditional. We focus on mastering geology in the field, a crucial experience that every geologist needs. While some of the mapping projects are challenging, they are also great learning experiences. Past students have told us that this was the best course – geology or otherwise – they took in college.
The estimated cost for Texas in-state tuition and fees, including all lodging and transportation in university vans, is $3,000, with Louisiana and Arkansas tuition costing a little more. Other out-of-state tuition is around $4,800. Food is not included, so you can bring or buy your preference. A few partial scholarships may be available.
- GOL 242 - Petrology
- GOL 338 - Structural Geology
Additionally, the following courses are strongly recommended:
- GOL 408 - Stratigraphy
- GOL 471 - Field Methods
The six-credit-hour field course usually starts in late May and concludes around the end of June. Because the student to faculty ratio is low, students receive a significant amount of personal attention.
Students interested in attending the Summer Field Camp should complete the application.
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Chris Barker
Field Camp Director and Associate Professor