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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. 

Download the 2018 Program Flyer for more information.


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 

Download the 2018 Program Itinerary for more details.

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 52923
GEO 4306 Geography of the Southwest 52924
GEO 4310 Regional Field Studies 52925
GEO 5308 Regional Field Studies 52929
GEO 5316  Applied Physical Geography 52930
GEO 7308  Advanced Regional Field Studies 52931
GEOL 4320 Topics in Field Geology 52932

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
for four hours of undergraduate university credit: $1,078.32
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

Applications for this program are no longer being accepted.

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.