SJSU Geology Field Camp

The 2024 Summer Field Geology Camp (Geol 129B-4 units) will take place over 30 days between May 30th through June 28th. Students will be required to drop their gear off and help load vehicles on May 29th. We will depart before sunrise on May 30th and return later in the evening on June 28th.

Please contact Ryan Portner ( for permission codes and details.

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 is a 4-credit, 30-day course (129B). The summer courses, in conjunction with the spring introductory field course, will satisfy the department field camp requirement and professional licensure in Geology in the future.

Students will travel to Eastern Nevada and we will be camping for the entire duration of the trip. Food is provided and included as part of the field trip fee structure.

There is a course field trip fee of $1600 for 129B  that is separate from tuition and any other SJSU or open university fees. You can find tuition rates here ( If you are enrolling form outside of SJSU you need to enroll through open university which may have its own fee structure for tuition, you can find more information here (

Transportation to-and-from field sites will be provided by the Geology department. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for authorization to operate a state vehicle if they have not already done so; please contact Trang Bui ( in the Geology Department Office for instructions on getting authorized.

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:

Driving Directions to the Kalamazoo camp [pdf]

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