Using InTeGrate Materials at Two-Year Colleges
The strong focus of InTeGrate materials on introductory courses makes them well suited for use in two-year college classes. Development of many of the modules was informed by testing feedback from two-year college instructors. There have been a number of workshops and webinars that explicitly addressed the 2YC context including:
- A two-day workshop at the 2015 Earth Educator's Rendezvous meeting on Teaching with InTeGrate Materials in a 2YC Environment
- A webinar on Hands-on, data-rich, and socially relevant geoscience activities for 2YC classrooms: An introduction to InTeGrate modules including a video recording of the webinar.
How two-year college instructors across the country have adopted InTeGrate materials
Becca Walker: Teaching Climate of Change in an Introductory Oceanography Course for Nonscience Majors at Mt. San Antonio College, CA
OCEA10 provides an introduction to the ocean environment, including geological, chemical, physical, and biological oceanography topics. Students are told to be prepared to work hard and use their brain! This is not a marine biology course. The course covers marine biology briefly, but the majority of the course focus is geology, chemistry, and physics.
Martha Murphy: Teaching A Growing Concern in Introduction to Environmental Science at Santa Rosa Junior College
ENVS 12 is an introduction to environmental issues from a scientific perspective, focusing on physical, chemical, and biological processes within the Earth system, the interaction between humans and these processes, and the role of science in finding sustainable solutions. Topics include contemporary environmental issues related to resource use, pollution, and human population growth.
Joy Branlund: How Humans' Dependence on Earth's Mineral Resources meets a community college's general-education goals, at Southwestern Illinois College
About this Course An introductory Earth Science course primarily comprised of non-science majors. 24 students Two 95-minute lecture sessions One 2-hour lab Community college Syllabus (Acrobat (PDF) 281kB Oct30 13) ...
Melissa Schlegel: Using Map Your Hazards! in Natural Disasters and Environmental Geology at the College of Western Idaho
The course title is Natural Disasters and Environmental Geology. As a class, we examine 1) the interaction between modern society and Earth processes that are hazardous (e.g. volcanoes, flooding, climate change, etc.), 2) how communities and individuals can limit the extent of damage from these hazards, and 3) how society is influencing the frequency and magnitude of many natural hazards. In addition, we discuss how natural hazards benefit our society and our environment.
Joshua Villalobos: Using Environmental Justice and Freshwater Resources in Physical Geology at El Paso Community College
GEOL 1403 is an introduction to the study of the materials and processes that have modified and shaped the surface and interior of Earth over time. These processes are described by theories based on experimental data and geologic data gathered from field observations.
Adriana Perez: Using Environmental Justice and Freshwater Resources in Physical Geology at El Paso Community College
Students in Physical Geology study the principles and processes of physical geology with emphasis on Earth's materials, structures, landforms, and mineral resources. The course is recommended for all students majoring in science or engineering.
Becca Walker: Using Ice Mass and Sea Level Changes in Introduction to Oceanography at Mt. San Antonio College
OCEA10 provides an introduction to the ocean environment, including geological, chemical, physical, and biological oceanography topics. This is an introductory course that satisfies the physical science general education requirement for transfer to UC or Cal State schools. The majority of students in this course are non-science majors and enrolled to satisfy their GE requirement.
Tara Jo Holmberg: Using the A Growing Concern and Soils, Systems, and Society Modules in Introduction to Environmental Science at Northwestern Connecticut Community College
Tara Holmberg, Northwestern Connecticut Community College
This course was taught within a newly designed 21st century classroom. The 16 students were from a variety of majors, most taking it as their science elective and 3 as a major requirement. This particular class was one of the most engaged I have ever had. While the personality of the class was unique, upbeat, and engaged, the design of the classroom cannot be overlooked as a contributing factor in the success of this implementation.
Michael Phillips: Using Mapping the Environment with Sensory Perception in Environmental Geology at Illinois Valley Community College
This is an introductory course in the study of the interactions between human activities and the Earth and geologic processes. An overview of modern geologic concepts is followed by an in-depth examination of natural hazards, natural resources, waste management, environmental restoration and land-use planning. This course provides instruction in applied geology and scientific reasoning that is useful to all students.
Peter Berquist: Using Carbon, Climate, and Energy Resources at Thomas Nelson Community College
Our physical geology course aims to introduce students to the materials that Earth is comprised of and the processes that create and modify these materials. We cover rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, geologic time, groundwater, surface processes, glaciers, and climate change. A vast majority of our students plan to transfer to a four-year college, and they take this geology class to satisfy the lab science requirement for their associate's degree.