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Summer 2021 update:

SFA will offer a six-credit-hour field experience for the Summer I session with space for up to 10 students from other universities. We hope to be able to travel and experience geology in the field, but student and faculty safety is most important. Depending on COVID-19 travel restrictions and site access, travel may be limited for summer 2021. A final decision regarding the modality of field camp will be made by Friday, April 9, and all applicants will be notified. 

Traveling Field Camp 

This field course helps 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-week course, we will use the spectacular setting of the American Southwest as a backdrop to help students explore geology in areas of compression, extension, shearing, metamorphism and volcanism.

Virtual Field Camp

SFA’s field camp is top quality, and while we would prefer to be in the field, this summer may dictate that we use alternative methods to provide the traditional skills and tools employed by generations of geologists. We will focus on mastering geology remotely using Google Earth imagery, pictures of hand samples, thin sections and guided tours to provide context to our project areas. All content will be delivered through our online course delivery system, Brightspace by D2L, a user-friendly platform with online and telephone support for users adapting to this software.

Estimated Costs

The estimated cost for Texas residents, including tuition and fees, is $2,633. For non-Texas residents, see the SFA Undergraduate Tuition and Fees table as an estimate of cost.


  • Igneous, Sedimentary and Metamorphic Petrology
  • Stratigraphy
  • Structural Geology

Additionally, the following course is strongly recommended:

  • Field Methods

The six-credit-hour field course begins May 15 and concludes June 23. Because the student to faculty ratio is low, students receive a significant amount of personal attention. View our summer 2021 schedules below for more information.

Traveling Field Camp Schedule

Virtual Field Camp Schedule

Ready to apply? Complete the application and submit it to the contact information below.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Mindy Faulkner
Field Camp Director and Assistant Professor



Department of Geology

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Miller Science Building 
Room 301

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13011, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

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