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

  • NAGT Short Courses at GSA
    he Geological Society of America (GSA) will be offering these NAGT sponsored Short Courses at its upcoming Annual Meeting (25-28 September in Denver, CO). The early registration deadline is August 22 so act fast! After this deadline all course prices will go up $30.
  • Report on Broadening Participation in the Geosciences Released
    The Geo-Needs Project Team is pleased to announce the release of results from a series of meetings: Geo-Needs: Stakeholder Needs Assessment for Broadening Participation in the Geoscience Workforce. The full report and the executive summary can be downloaded at the Geo-Needs website.
  • Apply Now for the Teaching Computation in the Sciences Using MATLAB Workshop

    October 23-25, 2016
    Carleton College, Northfield, MN

    Participants will share their successes developing computational skills using MATLAB in the undergraduate classroom and discuss best practices for the community. By attending the workshop, you will be part of a community effort to bring together best practices and teaching materials that will be made freely available through the SERC website. MathWorks (makers of MATLAB®) is sponsoring the workshop. Application deadline is September 2, 2016.

  • 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.
  • Registration is Open for an InTeGrate Workshop at the Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting

    Attending the ESA annual meeting and interested in a workshop to expand your teaching about sustainability?

    Teaching Science in Society: Building Relevance and Interest for Undergraduates by Adding InTeGrate Resources to your Class

    Sunday, August 7, 2016: 12-5 PM
    As part of the Ecological Society of America Annual meeting
    Cost: $30. Register today at the ESA meeting website


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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