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

  • Earth Educators' Rendezvous 2016—Important Deadlines Approaching

    Interested in joining the 2016 Rendezvous but funding is a challenge? This year's Rendezvous includes addition funding for specific morning workshops. Stipend application deadlines for the following workshops are approaching:

    • Preparing for an Academic Career—Feb.10
    • Geoscience Education Research (GER) Community Planning—Feb. 15
    • GeoNeeds: Broadening Participating in the Geosciences Workforce—March 1

    Don't forget that Contributed Program: Oral, Poster, and Teaching Demonstration Sessions application deadline is March 1.

    Join us in Madison!

  • Announcing the 2016 Early Career Geoscience Faculty Workshop: Teaching, Research, and Managing Your Career
    Are you in your first three years of a permanent academic position? Apply to join us for a multi-day workshop where you will participate in sessions on topics including effective teaching strategies, course design, establishing a research program in a new setting, working with research students, balancing professional and personal responsibilities, and time management. Date: July 24-28, 2016 with optional trip to NSF on July 29. Location: University of Maryland, College Park. Application deadline: March 16, 2016
  • New 2015 Geo2YC Officers
    The fall 2015 officer election has concluded. Please join with us in congratulating your new NAGT officers for the 2015-16 academic year!
  • NAGT-GEO2YC Spring Foundations Newsletter Now Available
    Whether you are still teaching, enjoying break, or preparing for your summer courses, the following NAGT-GEO2YC Foundations newsletter will inspire and solicit new ideas for your own practices.
  • InTeGrate is Pleased to Announce the Publication of a New Teaching Module: Living on the Edge: Building Resilient Societies on Active Plate Margins
    Geological monitoring can greatly improve our planning for and response to catastrophic events such as earthquakes and volcanoes. In light of recent tragic events in Nepal, this teaching module provides timely instruction for students to personally experience that geoscience is a complex, interdisciplinary effort with real-world implications.

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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