Alumni of Geology B.S. Program Express Strong Support for Field Geology and Related Field and Laboratory Experiences
In a recent survey, alumni of a Bachelor of Science program in geology expressed strong support for a required summer Field Geology course and for related field and laboratory learning experiences in the undergraduate geology curriculum. On a 4-point scale (4=essential; 1=unimportant and unnecessary), geology alumni rated “summer Field Geology course” 3.77, higher than any of the ancillary requirements (mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology, computer skills) or independent study. When asked about possible options for cutting the costs of the B.S. program in geology, only 1.8% of the alumni favored reducing the ratio of laboratory experiences to lecture contact hours and only 2.3% favored reducing the number of field trips and other out-of-classroom experiences.
Geography, Geology, and Planning
Plymate, Thomas G., Kevin R. Evans, Melida Gutierrez, and Erwin J. Mantei. "Alumni of geology BS program express strong support for field geology and related field and laboratory experiences." Journal of Geoscience Education 53, no. 2 (2005): 215-216.
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