2015 GSA Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, USA (1-4 November 2015)

Paper No. 187-11
Presentation Time: 10:45 AM


SHOMO, Susie, Geoscience Instructor, College of Mathematics, Technology, and Physical Sciences, Blue Ridge Community College, One College Lane, Box 80, Weyers Cave, VA 24486, ShomoS@brcc.edu

Students from the Blue Ridge Community College geoscience program are generally successful as they transfer to other colleges and universities, such as nearby James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. Many transfer students have earned their bachelor’s degrees in Geology or related fields, and are gainfully employed or are engaged in graduate programs today. Articulation agreements as well as early contact/advising with 4YC Geoscience Departments help solidify the requirements for coursework needed at the community college in addition to geoscience courses. Geoscience students at BRCC are taught on the premise that observing the world around them is more important than what is directly in front of them. The BRCC geoscience coursework is rigorous, and incorporates problem-solving and application, research, and exposure to geospatial tools and other technologies so that the transfer student has a solid geoscience foundation.