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 (129C). Either one of the summer courses, in conjunction with the spring introductory field course, will satisfy the department field camp requirement.

2019 Spring Field Camp (129A) will be led by Bob Miller. The course will begin on March 29 and complete on April 7. The course has a $400 fee (separate from tuition).

2019 Summer Field Camp (129B/C) will be led by Ryan Portner and will begin on May 29. 129B will complete on June 27 and has a $1600 fee (separate from tuition); 129C will complete on June 21 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.

While it is not up-to-date, please review the SJSU Summer Registration Webpage for general information regarding Summer Session. For current information, please sign up for the University's Summer Session Newsletter.

For questions or other inquiries, please contact Ryan Portner.

Field Camp Forms:

Driving Directions to the Kalamazoo camp (PDF)

Film (c) Lindsey Huffman (2017).

  • 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