SJSU Geology Field Camp


May 17, 2021 

Summer Field Geology (Geol 129B-4 units) will be taught in a Hybrid mode -part in person in the field and part online mode. 

Summer Field Geology (Geol 129C-2 units) will be taught online only.

Please contact Ryan Portner for Permission codes and details. 


Student enjoying the view while observing the geology

The 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 SJSU Geology department field camp requirement.

NOTE!  All dates listed below are tentative and subject to change.  Check back in December or January for updates.

2021 Spring Field Camp (129A) will be led by Kim Blisniuk in an on online mode from March 29 and complete on April 2. The course in a normal year has a $400 fee in addition to tuition. The Field Trip fee for Spring 2021 has been refunded for those enrolled and suspended for future enrollment.

2021 Summer Field Camp will be led by Ryan Portner & Kim Blisniuk.

Geol 129B (4 credits): Field + Online (virtual) hybrid field geologic mapping course (May31st to July 2nd) Field portion to take place for 10 days in eastern Sierra prior to the online mapping portion. 

Geol 129C (2 credits): Online only (virtual) field geologic mapping course (June 11th to July 2nd).  

Field Trip fees for the Summer 2021 session only. Fees during a normal, in person course, are $1600 for Geol 129B and $1200 for Geol 129C.  Note that these fees are in addition to tuition during a normal year.  The Summer 2021 Geology Field Trip fee has been suspended. Note this is only for the Summer 2021 courses.  University fees will still be charged. See our new Geology Field Camp Fee page

Spring and Summer 2021 equipment and software needs

Due to the online nature you will need a PC computer with ArcGIS (software provided - do not purchase) and Adobe CC installed.

Hardware requirements: 

(Based on ESRI's ArcGIS Desktop requires.)

CPU Speed: 2.2 GHz minimum; Hyper-threading or multi-cores recommended
Memory/Ram: Minimum: 4 GB, Recommended: 8 GB or higher
Available Disk Space: Minimum: 4 GB - More is better.
Video/Graphic card: 64 MB RAM minimum; 256 MB RAM or higher recommended. NVIDIA, AMD, and Intel chip-sets supported.

If you have a MAC you will need to install Win10 with Boot Camp, Parallels, or VMware. Parallels and VMware are a paid program. Check out YouTube videos on how to install a Windows partition using Apple Boot Camp or a Parallels partition. Win10 might  be available at a low cost from your institution.

Software Requirements:

ArcGIS will be provided. Do not purchase!
Adobe CC should be available free to download once you enroll. You might be able to download from your home institution if you aren't an SJSU student.
JMARS 5 Public (Free)
Google Earth Pro (Free) - Desktop version

Don't have a background in ArcGIS yet? No Worries. There are free online class options from ESRI to get you started with ArcMAP.

Note that ArcMAP is similar but not the same as ArcPRO or ArcGIS Online.

SJSU Summer Registration Webpage: 

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.

Want to know what being a student at SJSU Geology Field Camp is like? Check out our Insider's Look webpage for more!

Field Camp Forms:

Video (c) Lindsey Huffman (2017).