SJSU Geology Field Camp


Field Camp VistaThe San José State University Geology Department offers a  field-based mapping course every year. The course is split into two sessions: a spring session and a summer session. The spring session (129A), or a similar introductory field mapping course, is required in order to register for the summer session. The summer session offers the choice of a 4-credit, 30-day course (129B) or a 2-credit, 24-day course (129 C). Either one of the summer courses, in conjunction with the spring introductory field course, will satisfy the department field camp requirement.

It is strongly recommended that both courses are taken within the same calendar year. Please see the current undergraduate advisor (Kimberly Blisniuk, for details.

2018 Spring Field Camp (129A) was led by Bob Miller. The course began on March 23 and completed on April 1. The course had a $400 fee (separate from tuition).

2018 Summer Field Camp (129B/C) will be led by Jonathan Miller and will begin on May 31. 129B will complete on June 29 and has a $1600 fee (separate from tuition); 129C will complete on June 24 and has a $1200 fee (separate from tuition).

Transportation to-and-from both sessions will be provided by the Geology department (exception: students registered for 129C must coordinate their own return transportation). Students are strongly encouraged to apply for authorization to operate a state vehicle. If you are interested, please visit the Geology Department office in DH 321 for forms and online training information.

Students can find information about registering online for Summer Session at the SJSU Summer Registration Webpage.

Field Camp Forms:

Driving Directions to the Kalamazoo camp (PDF)

  • Measuring Faults
  • A walk in the park
  • Goofing Off
  • Measuring a stratigraphic section
  • Roadside Geology
  • Work with your friends
  • Jonathan in East Creek
  • Finding Fossils
  • Rainbow Canyon
  • Kinematic Indicator
  • Bonus Picture: A starry night in the Mojave
  • Bonus Picture: Monty Mcmountain-face