Charting the Future of Geological and Environmental Science Undergraduate Programs

At the 2007 annual meeting of the Geological Society of America, Kristen St. John and Steve Hovan convened a session emphasizing the proactive steps undergraduate geoscience programs are taking to define key variables, make pivotable decisions, and construct possible models for charting future successful paths for 2-year and 4-year degree programs. This session was especially timely in light of both internal and external pressures on undergraduate geoscience programs. Several of the presenters at this session agreed to share their presentations here.

Building Strong Geoscience Departments for the Future (PowerPoint 545kB Nov30 07)

MANDUCA, Cathryn, Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College
MACDONALD, R. Heather, Department of Geology, College of William and Mary
FEISS, P. Geoffrey, Office of the Provost, College of William and Mary
BRALOWER, Timothy J., Department of Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University
RICHARDSON, Randall M., Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona
ORMAND, Carol J., Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College

Criteria for the Establishment, Survival, and Success of New Academic Geoscience Programs

SHOEMAKER, Kurt A., Natural Sciences, Shawnee State University

A Preliminary Geocognitive Study Used to Analyze Spatial Visual Learning Between Geology Majors and Non-Majors

TOTTEN, Iris and MOORE, Juli A., Department of Geology, Kansas State University

Attracting a Diverse Student Body into the Geosciences is Critical to the Future of Geoscience Departments (PowerPoint 1.8MB Nov5 07)

O'CONNELL, Suzanne, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Wesleyan University
HOLMES, Mary Anne, Geosciences, Univ of Nebraska-Lincoln

Identifying Contributions of Earth Science to General Education (PowerPoint 0bytes Dec4 07)

MAHER, Harmon Jr, Geography and Geology, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Community College and State University Collaborate to Meet Demand for Bioscience Undergraduates: A Model for Geological and Environmental Science Education from the Biosciences (PowerPoint 123kB Nov7 07)

LONGTINE, Craig A. (1), SHAVER, Jonathan (1), MELCHIOR, Paul M. (1), WALLERT, Mark (2), and PROVOST, Joseph (3)
(1) Biology Dept, North Hennepin Community College
(2) Bioscience Dept, Minnesota State University Moorhead
(3) Chemistry Dept, Minn. State University Moorhead

Articulation to 4-Year Geology and Environmental Science Programs with a 2-Year Terminal Degree: One Strategy for Transfer that Supports Geoscience Student Success While Providing a Cost-Effective Option for an Undergraduate Degree

JONES, Megan H., Geology, North Hennepin Community College

The Nature and Design of Inquiry-Based Learning Environments for an Undergraduate Environmental Geoscience Program at Texas A&M (Acrobat (PDF) 823kB Dec5 07)

HERBERT, Bruce E., Geology & Geophysics, Texas A&M Univ

New Initiatives for Geoscience Education in New Zealand (PowerPoint 14.6MB Nov21 07)

GRAVLEY, D.M., HIKUROA, D.C.H, BORELLA, M.W., KENCH, P.S., WILSON, C.J.N, and OWEN, S., School of Geography, Geology and Environmental Science, The University of Auckland, New Zealand

Retooling Geoscience Programs for the Future: Practical Lessons from Adapting to the Bologna Process in Sweden

BINDLER, Richard, Ecology and Environmental Science, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden

Linkages to Engagement at University of Wisconsin-Parkside (PowerPoint 173kB Nov5 07)

EVANS, Christine V., Geosciences, University of Wisconsin-Parkside

Interdisciplinarity Before Disciplinarity (Acrobat (PDF) 663kB Nov5 07)

VAN DER PLUIJM, Ben A., Geological Sciences, Univ Michigan

Interdisciplinary Environmental Programs: Opportunities and Challenges for Faculty and Students (PowerPoint 2.4MB Nov5 07)

PFIRMAN, Stephanie, Environmental Science, Barnard College
HALL, Sharon, Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Science, Arizona State University
TIETENBERG, Tom, Economics, Colby College
RHOTEN, Diana, Knowledge Institutions, Social Science Reseach Council