RECRUITING AND DEVELOPING GEOSCIENCE MAJORS AT THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE LEVEL THROUGH A ROBUST FIELD CLASS PROGRAM
Each one credit class consists of a required weekend camping trip and several class meetings, where the students learn basic field procedures, field etiquette and the geologic setting of the study region. The average class enrollment is approximately 20 students. Once the field excursion is complete, the students are required to develop a field report due at the end of the term.
Since the inception of the program, interest in geology and the number of majors has increased dramatically. Most students return to complete numerous field classes before graduating or transferring. This promotes the program and also provides an excellent opportunity for experienced students to mentor newer students. These classes provide the students experience working with geologic tools and instruments in the field as well as developing the ability see the world from a geologic perspective. A robust collection of field classes is the staple of a successful academic geoscience program, as exhibited by Crafton Hills College.