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Geoscience Workforce Currents #77

Quantitative skills and core science courses taken by geoscience graduates, Spring 2013

American Geosciences Institute


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Alexandria, VA - Recent analysis of over 400 responses from the National Geoscience Student Exit Survey from 71 geoscience departments identified distinct trends for bachelor's-, master's- and PhD-level participants on quantitative classes and core science courses. Notably, 70% of all participants had taken Calculus I and II; following those courses, there was a significant drop in bachelor's- and master's-level candidates pursuing further mathematics coursework. Meanwhile, PhD candidates listed multiple courses past Calculus II. Other findings showed that all three groups took at least one chemistry course, and one physics course during their academic careers.

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