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Geography and Geology of the Southwest

Next Program Dates:  TBA
Travel Dates:  TBA

Study and observe some of the most famous and spectacular sites in the history of American Earth Science.  Sites include, the Grand Canyon, Zion, the Henry Mountains and Canyonlands. 

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What You Will Learn

The American Southwest is one of the most culturally distinctive and physically spectacular regions of the world. Students will study and observe many of the most significant features of this region. This program explores how people have related to this land and examines current issues and future trends in natural resources and cultural processes in the region.

Orientations and On-Campus Class Meetings

In addition to the program's travel dates, participants in this program will also be required to attend pre-trip orientation sessions and on-campus class meetings.  The schedule of meeting days/times will be provided by your program director.

Course Options

Course and CRN Course Title Course Instructor
GEO 3325 - CRN TBA Geomorphology Dr. Richard Earl
GEO 4306 - CRN TBA Geography of the Southwest Dr. Richard Earl
GEO 4310 - CRN TBA Regional Field Studies Dr. Richard Earl
GEO 5308 - CRN TBA Regional Field Studies Dr. Richard Earl
GEO 5316 - CRN TBA Applied Physical Geography Dr. Kimberly Meitzen
GEO 7308 - CRN TBA Advanced Regional Field Studies Dr. Richard Earl
GEOL 4320 - CRN TBA Topics in Field Geology Dr. Suzon Jammes

IMPORTANT:  Be sure to check that you have met the required prerequisites (if applicable) before registration.

For more information about one of the course offerings, please contact Dr. Earl, Dr. Meitzen or Dr. Jammes


Tuition for three hours of undergraduate university credit: TBA
Tuition for six hours of undergraduate university credit: TBA
Tuition for three hours of graduate university credit: TBA

Tuition will be billed and paid through SBS Billing and Payment.

You must register for your course/s though the Student Information System/Catsweb.

Additional costs include lodging, transportation (to and from San Marcos and study locations), educational materials, admission/entry fees and instructor fees: $1,495.00 or $1,595.00 (if registering for GEO 3325 or GEO 5316 to cover cost of additional textbooks.

All program costs subject to change.

Optional Meal Plan:  $250.00

Additional costs (not including tuition) are payable online through Texas State E-Payment Services according to the Payment Schedule below.  The online payment site link will be provided upon acceptance into the program. 

Payment Schedule for Additional Program Costs

Payment Type: Due Date: Amount Due:
Deposit  February 12th TBA
Second Payment  March 4th TBA
Final Payment  May 8th TBA
Total Cost   TBA


The Office of Distance and Extended Learning will accept the deposit payment on or before the date/time noted above.

Program costs are subject to change.

Cancellation must be made in writing, to the Office of Distance and Extended Learning. Participants may lose all or part of the total payment, excluding tuition fees, depending on the date of cancellation. Any refund amount will be determined by the program director based on expenses incurred on the student's behalf at the time of cancellation.

There is a $50.00 fee for each payment received after the Due Date established above, in order to maintain enrollment.  Students who fail to make payments on time may be withdrawn from the program.

For more information about applying for and registering in this program please contact the Office of Distance and Extended Learning.

For more information about the content of this program, contact Dr. Richard Earl.


To register for this program please complete the online application at the link below:

           Geography and Geology of the Southwest Program Application Not Available

In addition to the completed online application, the following documents must also be submitted:

Program Do's and Don'ts

Payment and Cancellation Policy

Health Information

Insurance Verification

General Release

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Distance and Extended Learning

Program Director Contact Information

Dr. Richard Earl, Program Director