Colleges & Students
"One of our duties as practicing geologists is to help guide and mentor the upcoming generation of geologists and geoscientists as they obtain their educations." - Steve Treschow, Young Geologists Subcommittee of the PCPG Education Committee
The intent of this page is to provide information to assist geologists in mentoring young, practicing geologists, students of geology/geosciences and potential students of the geosciences.
Please Get Involved
If you would like to get involved in mentoring young geoscientists or have an interest in gathering information from your alma mater or other geosicience education programs about how those programs are fairing, please contact PCPG: Send email to PCPG.
College & University Geoscience Programs
There is anecdotal information that traditional geology programs at the college/university level are being converted to environmental science programs or being cut entirely. PCPG is currently attempting to collect information from PA college/university programs, which offer geoscience curricula to obtain factual data about trends in these programs.
Information from the American Geologic Institute (AGI)
The American Geologic Institute (AGI) has compiled a wealth of data about geoscience education programs and careers. We encourage our readers to review this information on AGI’s website, and also stress that the term geosciences is very broad and includes many fields such as meteorology, soil science, geography, and environmental science.
Leila Gonzales, PhD, Workforce Analyst for AGI, shared information with PCPG in an email regarding geosciences education programs:
The AGI Directory lists 550 institutions that offer 4-year degrees from a geoscience program. You can download a copy of AGI's "Status of Geoscience Workforce - 4-Year Colleges & Universities" here:
Colleges in Western PA Offer Programs Geared Toward Energy Industry
Posted October 6, 2014: The Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that several colleges located in western Pennsylvania are creating programs to prepare students for jobs in the energy industry. Westmoreland County Community College offers an energy degree program, and Butler County Community College recently added four energy classes to its course offerings. Allegheny County and Beaver County Community Colleges also offer classes geared toward the energy industry. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, shale gas-related industries employed approximately 238,000 people in 2013. You can read more HERE.
Are Geology Departments Truly Closing?
Michigan State May Cut Geology Department
Michigan State University has announced that it is considering cutting its Department of Geological Sciences. Read an October 30, 2009 MSU news article.
Demise of University of Connecticut Geology Department
Read a letter regarding the demise of the UConn Geology Department: Letter
Quotes from former UConn Geology Professor Anthoy Philpotts:
Demise of St. Joseph's College, Indiana Geology Program
Read an abstract prepared by a former St. Joseph's College geology professor for a presentation made at the 2006 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America (GSA) in Philadelphia, PA: Read Abstract
Core Geology Programs
Can Field Camps Survive?
Please read this Editorial by Carl N. Drummond, National Association of Geoscience Teachers.
Also available is AGI's Status Report on Geoscience Summer Field Camps (2006).