ERIC Number: ED201593
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
A Geography Program for Environmental Jobs.
Kircher, Harry B.
The potential of geography in qualifying college students for the environmental job market is explored. To provide information regarding the best combination of factors for job success, the background and training of graduates of the environmental studies program at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville were examined. The program featured two plans of study for students--a social science option and a physical science option. Students were required to sample courses in each option and to prepare final research papers in their elected specialty. Data were collected for all students regarding background characteristics, undergraduate majors, composition of faculty committee members, geographic specialties of faculty, and employment of students upon completion of the program. Analysis of data indicated that of students completing the program over three years, over 75% were physical scientists, although admittance to the program was regulated at the beginning of the program so that students were roughly balanced between social and physical science majors. Findings indicated further that four of the six teachers of the core courses were physical resource specialists. Also, all jobs held by graduates (of which 53% were in private industry and 47% in government) were related to their graduate environmental education training. Based on these findings, the following recommendations were offered regarding an environmental studies graduate curriculum: (1) physical geography and other physical sciences should have a major input, (2) related disciplines should be included to develop students' specialties, and (3) the curriculum should be oriented toward opportunities in the private sector, as well as in government. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper prepared for Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (Los Angeles, CA, April 1981).