Monroe Community College Change Agent Team

Jessica Barone, Chemistry and Geosciences
Amanda Colosimo, Chemistry and Geosciences

Team Members

Jessica Barone

Jessica co-developed a field studies course for students at a two-year college that travels out west to study geology of locations including Yellowstone and the Colorado Plateau. She is the chairperson for the Chemistry and Geosciences Department and also is on a SUNY Transfer Path Review Team to discuss and determine appropriate pathways/coursework for geology students transferring from two-year to four-year colleges.


Jessica teaches Physical Geology, Dangerous Earth, Environmental Geology, and Field Studies in the Geosciences

Amanda Colosimo

Amanda helped to develop the only 2-year A.S. degree in Geology in the SUNY System. She redesigned her Physical Geology course a few years ago to include more active learning. As a result, there was a statistically significant improvement in retention, especially among females. Amanda regularly co-teaches a short field course for on field techniques in the geosciences, which she wrote about in her essay Strategic Advisement for Career and Transfer Success for a 2012 SAGE 2YC workshop.


Amanda teaches Physical Geology, Historical Geology, Geology of the National Parks, Field Studies in the Geosciences, and Great Mysteries of the Earth.


Monroe Community College serves over 25,000 students per year from 2 campuses in the Rochester, New York area. It is part of SUNY. Eight percent of students are formally registered as students with disabilities. Twenty percent are African American and 10% are Hispanic/Latino. Over 60% of full-time first-time students were awarded Pell grants.


Program/Department Name - Chemistry and Geosciences

Geology is part the Department of Chemistry and Geosciences which is part of the the School of STEM. The departmental faculty consists of 3 geologists, 3 geographers, 7 chemists, and approximately 30 adjuncts, one full-time lab technician, and one part-time technician. These faculty teach courses in Astronomy, Atmospheric Science, Chemistry, Environmental Policy/Studies, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Geology, GIS, and Oceanography.

Students in Program - The majority of students take geology courses to fulfill their natural science general education requirements. Geology has approximately 30 majors who plan to complete the A.S. in Geology prior to transferring to four-year institutions. In general, MCC Geology students are white and between the ages of 18-24, though not all students fall into this category. Collectively, approximately 1100 students take geology courses per academic year.

Institutional demographic data is from IPEDS the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, U.S. Department of Education, typically for the 2018-19 year as available.