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Geography and Geology of the Southwest

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. 

View the 2018 Program Flyer


2018 Summer Semester:  June 4 - July 6, 2018

Class:   Meets regularly during the summer 2018 semester.

Required:   Field trip through the Southwest:  June 10 - July 2, 2018 

View the 2018 Program Itinerary

What You Will Learn

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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.

Course Options

Course and CRN Course Title CRN
GEO 3425 Geomorphology CRN TBA
GEO 4306 Geography of the Southwest CRN TBA
GEO 4310 Regional Field Studies CRN TBA
GEO 5308 Regional Field Studies CRN TBA
GEO 5316  Applied Physical Geography CRN TBA
GEO 7308  Advanced Regional Field Studies CRN TBA
GEOL 4320 Topics in Field Geology CRN TBA

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

Tuition and Program Fee

Tuition for three hours of undergraduate university credit: $808.74
Tuition for six hours of undergraduate university credit: $1,617.48
Tuition for three hours of graduate university credit: $958.74

Program fee, which includes lodging, transportation (from San Marcos to study locations and back), educational materials, and admission/entry fees: $1,430

Course tuition and program fee will be billed and paid through SBS Billing and Payment.

Applying to the Program

Important:  To ensure your place in this course/program you must have received approval from Dr. Meitzen or Dr. Jammes and submitted the application and documents below.

     Program Application

Important: In addition to the completed online application (link above), the following documents must also be submitted.  You will be asked to attach them electronically to your application:

Program Do's and Don'ts

Health Information

Insurance Verification

General Release

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

Registering for Courses

You must register for your course though the Student Information System/Catsweb during the regular University registration period.

For more information about the content of the course/program, please contact Dr. Kimberly Meitzen.

For questions about appying/registering, please contact the Office of Distance and Extended Learning.