AGI Geoscience Currents #107: Field and Research Experiences in Introductory Geoscience Courses

American Geosciences Institute

According to AGI's Geoscience Student Exit Survey, 48% of geoscience graduates choose to major in the geosciences at some point during their fi rst two years as an undergraduate. This supports the importance of the introductory geoscience courses as recruitment tools into the major. AGI is conducting a brief survey to see the subject focus of these introductory courses, as well as the supplementary activities, such as fi eld and research experiences, that can develop interest in the geosciences, for universities in the United States and Canada.

This Currents presents the percentage of departments that use only faculty to teach the courses compared to the percentage of departments that use faculty and graduate students to teach these courses.  The Currents also displays the percentages of departments that integrate a field and/or research component into their introductory courses.

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