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These essays were authored by faculty in preparation for the Geoscience and the 21st Century Workforce workshop to be held in June 2013. Participants were asked to describe how their program prepares students for the workforce, areas in which alumni are employed, and the knowledge and skills that have been most important in supporting success.

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The Geosciences and a Career in Business
Gerald FIne, Boston University
Gerald Fine, Boston University I write not as a member of a geoscience department, but as a geologist who leveraged his training into a long and varied career. I graduated from Amherst College in 1980 with a B.A. ...

Preparing Students for Careers in the Atmospheric Sciences
Deborah Bathke, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Deborah Bathke, University of Nebraska at Lincoln The University of Nebraska's Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences offers a program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in ...

Geosciences program at Midwestern State University
Rebecca L. Dodge, Midwestern State University Midwestern State University (MSU) is a small (~6,000 students) largely undergraduate institution (~90%) in north Texas; we are Texas' only state-funded liberal ...

A Non-Traditional Geoscience Degree for Non-Traditional Students: Applied Environmental Geosciences at Weber State University
Rick Ford, Weber State University
Richard L. Ford, Weber State University Weber State University (Ogden, UT) is an open-enrollment, dual-mission institution within the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE). As a dual-mission institution, Weber ...

Preparing the College of William & Mary's Geology Students for Careers
Heather Macdonald, College of William and Mary
Heather Macdonald, College of William and Mary The College of William & Mary is a public university with a strong undergraduate liberal arts tradition. Geology majors select one of two tracks: general geology ...

Geosciences at Vincennes University
Dan Vaughn, Vincennes University
Daniel L. Vaughn, Vincennes University I have been pondering this essay until the 11th hour mainly because as a 2-year campus the large majority of my graduates do not head directly into the workforce. It is not ...

Workforce Preparation of Geology and Environmental Science Majors at a Large Urban University
Edmond van Hees, Wayne State University
Edmond van Hees, Wayne State University Wayne State University is a large, multicultural, commuter university (29,000 students, 41% minorities, 10% in residence, respectively), located in mid-town Detroit, ...