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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Final Application Deadline Decision Timeline Start Date End Date
January Term 2022 10/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission 01/08/2022 01/23/2022
NOTE: This program will travel to Southern Spain from January 9 through 23, 2021, but will also have required class meetings prior to departure and upon return. Total class dates, inclusive of the time in Spain, are January 4 through January 29, 2021. Full details will be available closer to program dates.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be contacted shortly after all application materials are completed.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: 1 - First Year, 2 - Sophomore, 3 - Junior, 4 - Senior
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.0 Subject Areas: Geology
Housing Options: Homestay Language Prerequisite: None
Non-UST Students: Contact studyabroad@stthomas.edu for application information Internship Available: No
Service Learning: No Program Sponsor: UST
Program Description:
UST: Southern Spain: Earth, Environment, and Society 
Geology 115 or 298


 
JT Geology in Spain JT21 Spain QR CodeScan to see a video of the course!

Program Highlights
  • Program directors: Profs. Lisa Lamb and Tom Hickson
  • No Spanish language proficiency required!
  • Coursework prior to departure on campus laying the groundwork for the course, followed by two weeks in Spain. Varies depending on which course you’re registered for.
  • Based out of Granada, you go on excursions to surrounding areas and the Mediterranean coast to understand the geological processes that shaped this beautiful landscape.
  • Live with a Spanish family during your time in Granada.
  • Based out of Granada, you go on excursions to surrounding areas and the Mediterranean coast to understand the geological processes that shaped this beautiful landscape.
  • Examine current sustainability issues facing Spain and the world, including unique approaches to farming in an arid environment and renewable energy solutions
  • Learn about the profound influence of Islam on the sciences, with visits to the Alhambra in Granada and the Mezquita in Cordoba.
  • May count for either GEOL 115 or 298 which fulfill: Geology major/minor requirement, lab science core for all majors, ENVR Science/Studies major requirement, SUST Minor requirement
Course Description:
A unique aspect of this region is that it coincides with a zone of mixing between the Islamic and predominantly Catholic Spanish cultures during the Middle Ages. This led to important scientific exchanges that have impacted our thinking about the Earth and its history. We will examine some of this history to examine how science has advanced through different cultures.  We will be based primarily out of Granada, with visits to Cordoba and an extended visit to the Mediterranean coast. This course offers two sections Geology 115 for students will no previous science coursework and Geology 298 for students who have already taken Geology 115 or another GEOL 11X course. 

Geology 115:
Geology is the study of natural processes within and on the surface of the earth, now, in the past and in the future.  Environmental Geology focuses on the geologic processes that affect humans and the many environmental issues facing society.  Southern Spain is a fabulous location to study the intersection of human history and geologic history. With its spectacular mountains, dramatic coastline and lovely agricultural valleys that have been shaped by recent active tectonic motions, southern Spain has a range of landscapes where we can examine geological features and processes.  This includes the study of seismic hazards, landslide and slope stability, rivers, impacts of climate change, sustainable agriculture, and other environmental geological issues that impact the region. 

Geology 298:
In this course you will dig deep into an environmental challenge facing people in Southern Spain. This area is a fabulous location to study the intersection of human history, environmental issues, and geologic history. This includes the study of seismic hazards, landslide and slope stability, rivers and flooding, impacts of climate change, sustainable agriculture, and other environmental geological issues that impact the region. You will learn about the basic geology of the region, then you will focus on a specific environmental issue facing the region as part of a larger course project. The course is paired with GEOL 115, Environmental Geology, so you will be asked to present some aspect of your project to the participants in that course. 

Program Structure:
Geology 115 will meet for the first week on campus with workshop sessions on geology basics, methods, and material that you will need and use in Spain. Geology 298 will meet for several days on campus to choose a project topic and begin research on that topic. Everyone then travels together to Granada - our home base while in country - for two weeks. Once there, we will go on a number of excursions throughout the region to investigate the geology and environmental issues that shape the area. GEOL 298 will have about another week on campus afterward to complete the project.

Evaluation
Geology 115
25%    First week on campus: quizzes, labs, in-class activities
25%    Week 1 notes, labs, short write-ups
25%    Week 2 notes, labs, short write-ups
10%    Geologic history write-up
5%      Science, society, and the Common Good activity and
           reflection write-up
10%    Participation
Geology 298
10%    Meet on campus: defining your project
25%    Week 1 notes, labs, short write-ups
25%    Week 2 notes, labs, short write-ups, using Culture
25%    Week 3: Geologic project wrap-up and write-up
5%      Science, society, and the Common Good activity and 
           reflection write-up
10%    Participation
Location and Tentative Dates
January 8            Depart Twin Cities
January 9-22       Excursions, activities, and site visits in and around Granada, Spain
January 22          Return to Twin Cities

Both sections will begin and end with classroom and lab work on campus. Details will be forthcoming.

Cost
Click on the Budget Sheet link above for detailed cost information.
Total cost includes: tuition, transportation and course arrangements as indicated, homestay accommodations and some meals.

Housing and Meals
Students will live in home stays while in Granada and hotels on overnight trip. Some meals will be provided.

Application Procedures & Deadline
  • Select the Apply Now button at the top to start your online application.
  • Log in using your St. Thomas username and password.
  • Complete all application materials by the application deadline. Students are encouraged to apply during the priority enrollment period, April 1-10. Applications will be accepted after April 10 for programs with space still remaining until the final application deadline of October 1.
  • Download and read Short-Term Off-Campus Policies and Procedures.  You are responsible for reading, understanding and abiding by its content.
Priority Application Deadline: April 10, 2021
Final Application Deadline: October 1, 2021

Financial Aid/Scholarships
Students studying abroad during J-Term are generally only eligible for additional loans to help finance their study abroad costs. Please review Financial Aid for Study Abroad. Scholarships may also be available from St. Thomas and some Other Approved Programs. Please refer to our Scholarships webpage for details and review, Short-Term Off-Campus Policies and Procedures for additional financial aid information.

For more information
On course format and content, contact:
Prof. Lisa Lamb malamb@stthomas.edu 651-962-5242
Prof. Tom Hickson tahickson@stthomas.edu 651-962-5241

On application procedures or logistical information, contact:
Office of Study Abroad | University of St. Thomas
Murray-Herrick 212 | 651.962.6450 | studyabroad@stthomas.edu | stthomas.edu/studyabroad
 
Sustainability & Study Abroad: CO2 Emissions for This Program
The flights for this program release 1.4692 metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. To put that into perspective, this is equivalent to CO2 emissions from 187,366 smartphone charges. Another way to look at this is that it would take 62.5 bags of waste recycled instead of brought to a landfill OR 55.8 incandescent lamps switched to LEDs to offset these CO2 emissions. We encourage students to make decisions to offset their carbon production from studying abroad. Check out the CoolClimate Network’s carbon footprint calculator to identify and quantify specific behavior changes that can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions.