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  • Locations: Online, United States
  • Program Terms: Summer (Online)
  • Budget Sheets: Summer (Online)
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: English
Number of Credits Offered: 6 Eligible Population: 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Non-Degree Seeking
Type of Program: Faculty-led Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Earth Science, Geology
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Virtual Geology Field Camp in the Dolomites 

Online, Summer 2021

The Geology Program at GMU, in partnerships with Geoscience faculty at the University of Trieste (Italy) and Dolomiti Project Srl, offers this five week virtual geologic mapping program in most iconic sites in the Dolomites. The Dolomites have been awarded the title of UNESCO World Heritage site because of the beauty of their mountain landscapes and their outstanding Mesozoic geology.  The Dolomites offer world class outcrops for studying structures, depositional geometries and stratigraphic relationships between ancient carbonate platforms and deep basins.

Students will learn how to apply geologic mapping by carrying out a few mapping projects encompassing a wide range of geologic approaches: traditional bedrock mapping, structural geology, stratigraphy, mapping of Quaternary sedimentary covers, Glacial morphology and deposits and risk assessment (see table of projects).   Students work at projects in groups and individually. Each project has assignment deliverables and contributes to the final grade. At the end of each project students participate in a group discussion.

Program Outcomes

  • Learn to collect general and project-specific data and write a professional report.
  • Interpret field data to solve geoscience problems.
  • Learn to do geologic analysis, including balanced cross sections.
  • Bedrock and quaternary sedimentary cover mapping.


6 credits



This program is open to geology and earth science majors including those who do not attend George Mason University. Non-Mason students are welcome to apply. This course is intended for junior and senior level students.

Successful completion of the basic geology courses or their equivalents is highly recommended. In addition to the introductory physical and historical geology, students must have taken stratigraphy/sedimentology, igneous and metamorphic petrology, geomorphology, and structural geology. Alternative courses are acceptable with permission of Academic Directors.

Course Options

Geology (GEOL) 404: Geological Field Techniques

Program Dates*

July 13 - August 13, 2021

The course is offered through Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Virtual Classroom.  All Classes are offered live but are also recorded for ease of review and access and are available to all students enrolled.

Course Calendar

Date Day Time
(East Coast, GMT-4)            
Weekly Topics
7/13 TUE 12 - 3 PM       Introduction to the geology of the Dolomite region, review of geologic mapping with exercises. Building balanced cross sections.  All exercises based  field and remote sensing data. 
7/14 WED 12 - 3 PM  
7/15 THU 12 - 4 PM  
7/16 FRI 12 - 2 PM  
7/17 SAT   FREE
7/18 SUN   FREE
7/19 MON 12 - 3 PM  Seismic Scale depositional geometries of the Dolomites. -Mapping exercises for the Triassic Carbonate Platforms.  Interplay of the Carbonates with the Volcanics with exercises focus on the Sciliar Massif
7/20 TUE 12 - 4 PM  
7/21 WED 12 - 4 PM  
7/22 THU 12 - 6 PM  
7/23 FRI 12 - 2 PM  
7/24 SAT   FREE
7/25 SUN   FREE
7/26 MON 12 - 4 PM Structures of the Southern Alps. Stratigraphic sections with exercises on measuring sections. 
7/27 TUE 12 - 4 PM  
7/28 WED 12 - 4 PM  
7/29 THU 12 - 6 PM  
7/30 FRI 12 - 3 PM  
7/31 SAT   FREE
8/1 SUN   FREE
8/2 MON 12 - 4 PM Structural Geology data analysis and interpretation from a selection of sites.  Southern Alps cross section project (part 1).
8/3 TUE 12 - 4 PM  
8/4 WED 12 - 4 PM  
8/5 THU 12 - 6 PM  
8/6 FRI 12 - 3 PM  
8/7 SAT   FREE
8/8 SUN   FREE
8/9 MON 12 - 3 PM Mapping of Quaternary and Glacial Deposits in the Dolomites. Mapping oriented to risk assessment in the Vajont Area. Completion of final project balanced cross section across the Southern Alps.
8/10 TUE 12 - 3 PM  
8/11 WED 12 - 3 PM  
8/12 THU 12 - 4 PM  
8/13 FRI 12 - 3 PM  
* Dates and itinerary subject to change. The Global Education Office reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Program Cost

Summer 2021: $3,254 

The Program Cost for study abroad courses is assessed separately from Mason tuition and fees. This means separate charges are put on your student account for this course, a study abroad tuition charge and a study abroad program fee charge which together equal the published Program Cost for this course.

Included:Tuition for 6 credits  

Program Payments

Students on MasonGEO virtual programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be made in two payments (Deposit + Final Payment). Students planning on using financial aid should contact their Financial Aid Counselor if they plan to use aid.

Application Deposit: A non-refundable program deposit $200 must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program cost.

Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by May 10th. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $200 you've already paid (Deposit). Students who are using financial aid will need to contact the Financial Aid Office upon applying for the program.

Financial Aid and VA Benefits: Students who intend to use financial aid to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must reach out to the Financial Aid Office directly. The Office of Financial Aid is unable to assess if a student will have aid available for summer until April 5. Please complete the summer aid request form on the Financial Aid Office’s website on/after April 5. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form."

* Students must be enrolled at least half-time for federal loans and the majority of grant funds. Please refer to the Financial Aid Website for a definition of half-time for undergraduate and graduate students:

Withdrawal and Refund Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.

Payment Instructions

For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students:


GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:

Application Deadlines:

May 1, 2021


Application requirements:*

Program Deposit: $200 for all applicants.

Course Selection Questionnaire: You will choose the course(s) you would like to be receive credit for on this program. Check the "Academics" tab to see what courses are offered on this program. If you need help selecting your course, check with your academic advisor.

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk, the pre-departure orientation, and your financial responsibility.

Financial Aid: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, please contact the Financial Aid Office directly before May 10, 2021.

Additional requirements for non-Mason applicants:

Official transcript: To be mailed or emailed to the Global Education Office at George Mason University.

Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form: Please complete the form and upload it into the questionnaire.

* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.

Application instructions:

Links and Resources

Dolomiti Project:

Academic Director

  Kysar Mattiettii Pic
Name Giuseppina Kysar Mattietti
Phone 703-993-9269

GEO Program Administrator

Name Brittany Samko
Phone 703-993-2155

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer (Online) 2021 05/01/2021
Rolling Admission 07/13/2021 08/13/2021

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.