Geoscience in Two-Year Colleges

Geoscience in Two-Year Colleges (Geo2YC)

This website provides faculty and students with information about geoscience education at two-year colleges. Faculty can learn about teaching materials, find information about workforce development and geoscience careers, and learn about professional development opportunities. Students can find out about scholarships and educational opportunities.

Teaching Resources and Perspectives

Materials that are directly applicable to teaching at two-year colleges have been developed by participants in various projects. This page organizes these materials around several important and relevant themes: Teaching Introductory Courses, Mathematics Preparation, Teaching in the Field, Undergraduate Research, Ready-to-go Lessons and Activities, and Perspectives.


Provided by NAGT's Geo2YC Division

  • GSA Abstract Submission Deadline is August 1
    NAGT is pleased to sponsor a variety of symposia and sessions at the Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America meeting held in Seattle from October 22 to the 25th. Please submit an abstract and plan to attend the sessions highlighting key issues of importance to geoscience educators at all levels.
  • Apply Now for the Developing Competency in Teaching Computation Using MATLAB Workshop

    October 15-17, 2017
    Carleton College, Northfield, MN

    To address the need to strengthen computational skills, this workshop will bring together faculty from the sciences who teach computation and are interested in strengthening their skills and developing MATLAB-based teaching resources. Application deadline: September 8, 2017

  • SAGE Musings: the SAGE 2YC Project Blog
    The SAGE 2YC project (Supporting and Advancing Geoscience Education in Two-Year Colleges: Faculty as Change Agents) has launched a blog, SAGE Musings. The bi-weekly blog posts address topics related to supporting students' academic success, facilitating students' professional pathways in the geosciences, broadening participation in the geosciences, and catalyzing change.
  • Sexual Harassment in the Sciences: A Call to Geoscience Faculty and Researchers to Respond
    Thank you to NAGT members Kristen St. John, Eric Riggs, and Dave Mogk on writing the recent JGE editorial Sexual Harassment in the Sciences: A Call to Geoscience Faculty and Researchers to Respond based on the goals of the (NSF)-funded workshop: Sexual Harassment in the Sciences - A Call to Respond. The authors share their reflections on points from the workshop and results from recent studies that particularly resonated and have implications for geoscience education and geoscience education researchers.
  • 2016 Geo2YC Officer Elections
    It is time to vote for Geo2YC: Two-Year College Division of NAGT. The ballot includes Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, and Webmaster. Voting begins on May 24 and ends on July 1, 2016.

Workforce Development

The SAGE 2YC project has begun working on ways to help students at two-year colleges be successful in the geoscience workforce as well as providing them with information on the kinds of opportunities that are out there for people with geoscience degrees.

Faculty Careers in Two-year Colleges

Those interested in learning more about teaching at a two-year college can read career profiles of faculty at two-year colleges and and find out more about the faculty job search process and interviews at community colleges. Also, not only can two-year colleges prepare students for work in industry, they can also be the first step along the path for teaching at two-year colleges or four-year colleges or universities.

Workshops, Events, and Programs

As information for workshops, events, and programs associated with this project becomes available, we will post it here. Be sure to check out the Announcements to the right for opportunities and events from other sources. These workshops and other events offer great opportunities to meet and network with fellow two-year college faculty and can help decrease the sense of isolation that is common among many 2YC faculty teaching geoscience.

Contributing Projects

This website includes resources from a number of sources. Learn more about these contributing projects and the work they have all engaged in.

Join the Discussion

If you have questions or want to discuss aspects of teaching geoscience at two-year colleges, you can make use of the Discussion Board. Post a thread or respond to someone else's and generate a conversation about the issues facing 2YC education.

There is also an email list for this effort where members can get announcements and discuss issues surrounding geoscience education at two-year colleges. Just sign up and you'll be better connected to the Geo2YC community.

This work is supported by the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE 1122592, 1122640, 1122660, 1122737), the
National Science Foundation Geosciences Directorate (GEO 0939671) and the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (consider becoming a member).

Disclaimer: Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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