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Teach Earth Across the Curriculum

This page was developed as a synthesis of lessons learned by participants in InTeGrate program models and is part of an extended set of InTeGrate resources on managing curricular reform.

Managing Curriculum Reform

Why Focus on Sustainability?
Personal and collective actions are needed to ensure the sustainable use of our natural resources and environmental systems—land, air, and water—in an ethical and responsible manner. On this page, InTeGrate lays out the rationale for why undergraduate education should include a focus on Sustainability and Earth-centered societal issues.

Teach Earth Across the Curriculum
Several of the 16 InTeGrate program models sought to spread the teaching of Earth-related material widely through their undergraduate curricula. This suite of pages synthesizes the lessons they learned about how to do that.

Embed Sustainability in your Program
Issues such as balancing energy alternatives with environmental toxification, climate change, and provisioning a growing human population while maintaining natural resources have fundamental geoscience components. This set of pages makes the case that more geoscience programs should include learning about Sustainability as well as different ways that can be accomplished.

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Build Interdisciplinary Networks

Most faculty are not experts in all of the content areas needed to truly teach across disciplines. That is why it is important to work together in networks to provide support, guidance, and professional development.


Foster Institutional Change

True across-the-curriculum teaching will require many institutions to change some of how their campuses function. Not only is it possible, there is growing expertise on how to make it happen with less disruption.

Develop Interdisciplinary Curricula

Designing curricula that lessen the barriers between disciplines is critical to combining perspectives from inside and outside the geosciences.



Engage Students in Active Learning

Active learning techniques are a great way of getting students to engage in their learning about sustainability and apply their work to careers in STEM because students are given a framework to investigate questions that require gathering and synthesizing information from a variety of sources.



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