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Summer 2020 update:

SFA will offer a fully online six credit hour remote field experience for the Summer I session with space for up to 15 students from other universities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Join the Department of Geology on this virtual journey.

This field course helps upper-level geology students make the all-important transition from classroom theory to real-world understanding while working remotely 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.

SFA’s field camp is top-quality, and while we would prefer to be in the field, this summer dictates 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 about $2,200. For Non-Texas residents, use the tuition calculator to get a quick 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 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. View our tentative summer 2020 schedule for more information.

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

Physical Address:
Miller Science Building 
Room 301

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

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