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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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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, ...

An Earth Science Curriculum By Design
Dave Mogk, Montana State University-Bozeman
David Mogk, Dept. Earth Sciences, Montana State University The Department of Earth Sciences, Montana State University, recently implemented a top to bottom revision of its curriculum. We are a department that ...

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 ...

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 ...

SUNY Oneonta: Workforce Preparation for Majors in Geology, Water Resources, Earth Science and Meteorology
James Ebert, SUNY College at Oneonta
James Ebert, SUNY Oneonta As a multidisciplinary Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, we provide four majors for our students: Geology, Water Resources (hydrogeology), Earth Science and Meteorology. Each ...

Boise State University's Preparation of Undergraduates for Geoscience Careers
Karen Viskupic, Boise State University
Karen Viskupic, Boise State University The Department of Geosciences at Boise State University has approximately 150 undergraduate majors in two degree programs. The BS in geophysics is a small program with ...

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 ...