Field Studies & Study Abroad

All B.S. Geology (GEOL) and B.S. Environmental Geosciences (GENV) majors are required to take a 4-credit Field Studies course. Courses are offered during Maymester, Summer I, or Summer II. Students have the option to take a Field Studies course based in the U.S. or abroad, depending on their interests. Note that students who choose to take a Field Studies course abroad must complete a study abroad application and complete any required study abroad forms. Non-Geology majors are allowed to take a Field Studies course as long as they have taken the required prerequisites. Students are allowed (and encouraged) to study abroad in addition to Field Studies courses through the College of Charleston's Center for International Education.

Summer 2023 Field Studies Courses

GEOL 365: Field Studies Geology and Environmental Geosciences in South Africa

Domestic field studies information coming soon!

Field Studies Courses Offered in Summer 2022

GEOL 360: Field Studies Geology Western US (overview) 
  • Dates: May 17 – June 4 
  • Instructor: Dr. John Chadwick
  • Course fee: $1,000 - $1,250
  • Student count range: 16-20

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GEOL 362: Field Studies in Environmental Geosciences (overview) 
  • Dates: July 11 - July 30
  • Instructor: Dr. Vijay Vulava
  • Course fee: $1,360 - $1,460
  • Student count range: 7-12

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GEOL 366: Field Studies Geology and Paleontology Wyoming (overview) 

  • Dates: May 17 - June 7 
  • Instructor: Dr. Scott Persons
  • Course fee: $1,455 - $2,643
  • Student count range: 7-11

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CANCELLED GEOL 364: Field Studies Environmental Geology and Water Resources in India (overview [scroll to Asia: CofC in India]) 

Field Studies Courses Offered in Summer 2021

Summer 2021 Field Studies were virtual due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

There are 3 courses that can be taken, and each are 2 credit hours. Students who plan to graduate in Spring 2021, Summer 2021, or Fall 2021 should register for any combination of TWO of these courses. These TWO courses will satisfy the 4-credit hour Field Studies Requirement. 

GEOL 395-01: Field Studies Geology 
  • Summer II, 2021 (July 13 - August 11)
  • Virtual trip to Yellowstone, Grant Teton, and Craters of the Moon National Parks
  • with Dr. John Chadwick
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GEOL 395-02: Field Studies Paleontology 
  • Summer II, 2021 (July 13 - August 11)
  • Virtual dinosaur expedition through the Badlands and Thermopolis Hot Springs of Wyoming
  • with Dr. Scott Persons
  • Flyer
GEOL 395-03: Field Studies Environmental Geology South Africa
  • Summer II, 2021 (July 13 - August 11)
  • Virtual exposé of the environmental injustices that persist in South Africa
  • with Dr. Adem Ali
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Field Studies - U.S.

New Mexico, Utah, & Colorado

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Dr. John Chadwick leads this yearly program through the American West. Students receive 4 credits in GEOL 360: Field Studies.


thermopolis hot springs WY

First offered in Summer 2020, this version of the Field Studies course, led by Dr. Scott Persons takes students on an adventure through the Badlands of Wyoming. Students will receive 4 credits for GEOL 366: Geology and Paleontology.

Field Studies - Abroad

The Department offers a number of study abroad Field Studies courses typically during the summer. They vary by year and new ideas are being proposed and implemented. We also support majors who would like to study abroad for a semester or even a year. We've had students study in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Cuba, Mongolia, and many more locations!

Information on CofC's Center for International Education

Study Abroad Application

Study Abroad Scholarships



Field Studies program led by Drs. Vijay Vulava and Tim Callahan typically in June of even numbered years for majors, non-majors, and graduate students. Students receive 4 credits in GEOL 364: Environmental Geology and Water Resources in the Developing World.


Ecuador and Galapagos

Field Studies program led by Dr. John Chadwick typically in June of odd numbered years. Students receive 4 credits in GEOL 240: Volcanoes in the Footsteps of Darwin.

South Africa

Field Studies program led by Dr. Adem Ali and Lauren Humphreys for the first time in July 2016. Majors and non-majors earned 4 credits in GEOL 240 or 395: Geology and Environmental Field Experience - South Africa. We're looking forward to continuing this program for many years to come!



Dr. Scott Harris offered a Field Studies course, GEOL 240: Geoarcheology of Central Greece, in 2014.