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  • Locations: Tijuana, Mexico
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: SDSU applicants only
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Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.00 Credit Type: Resident Credit
Program Type: Trans-Border Course SDSU Office: Sciences
Program Description:
GEOL 505: Imaging and GIS for Disaster Response
The purpose and scope of this class is to expose the students to a broad array of Disaster Response problems and opportunities for a range of solutions. By focusing the class on real events - particularly on real natural disasters if they occur during the semester - it is possible to demonstrate both approaches and solutions. 

The class is thus meant as a mentorship toward being able to actually help during a global disaster. As such, the quality of the assignments, the means of solving problems and the relationship to others in the class all working as a team are vitally important to learn how Disaster Response is done. This class will take place mainly in Tijuana, Mexico in cooperation with the faculty and students at the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California.

Location and Schedule
The first class will be held in the Viz Center on campus, located in CSL 120. All remaining class meetings will be held at the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California (UABC) campus, located ten-minutes south of the Otay Mesa border crossing in Tijuana, Mexico. Students will be required to have a passport and drive or carpool to the Otay crossing of the US/Mexico border. From there a bus will transport participants to the UABC campus and back to the border after the class.

The course will take in Mexico on the following dates (subject to change by notice from the course professor):

February 2, 9, 16, 23
March 9, 16, 23
April 6, 13, 20, 27

The exam and final schedule will be announced at a later date.

Application Instructions
Students must be enrolled in Geological Sciences 505 and complete the online application before they can participate in field trips. There are no exceptions.

Geological Sciences 200 or enrollment in homeland security program.

Minimum Cumulative GPA

Minimum Class Standing
Open to all that meet the prerequisite to enroll in the course. 

Student Expenses
Mexican visa (approximately $24 for the semester purchased at the border during the fist crossing). 
Participants will automatically be enrolled in the SDSU Foreign Travel Insurance Program. Coverage is provided for designated travel days only.
The insurance policy is required and costs $60. Students will be billed through their SDSU student account in February.
Transportation to and from the border (UBER, Taxi, private car: $8 for parking) 
Students pay normal SDSU tuition to enroll in the course. 
Participants will need a valid passport or passport card. 

Program Coordinator
Dr. Lance Larson,

Course Instructor
Dr. Eric Frost,

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.