Course code:



M - Intermediate

Class size limit:


Lab fee:


Typically offered:

Upon occasion

 This course is designed particularly for students returning from the summer field geoscience course, however it is open to any students that are interested in broadening their professional network in Environmental STEM (E-STEM) fields, learning from local stakeholders about what “work” they complete in their career, and learning what skills and content knowledge is needed for different career paths. Each week a different E-STEM professional will engage with students both in the field (where appropriate) and in the classroom to give students a feel for what professionalism and professional work means for different jobs. Some of the local stakeholders will include professionals in fields such as environmental consulting, environmental policy, municipal planning, environmental education, energy and resource management, recreation, research, and conservation. The main objectives of this course are to: increase students’ awareness of and access to a broad group of professionals working in E-STEM fields, provide opportunities for students to read and discuss scientific/technical literature and reports, and to facilitate student understanding of potential pathways to future careers. Beyond meeting and engaging with stakeholders, students will practice re-world work that these professionals engage in such as data management, report preparation, budgeting, communicating science to the public, and dissemination of research findings. They will learn to use software such as excel required in many E-STEM jobs. Students will also practice researching employment opportunities, preparing application material, and interfacing with professionals to inquire about potential or future opportunities. Students will be evaluated based on their performance on weekly assignments, interaction with the weekly stakeholder, and a final project/report.


Students must have taken at least two ES courses prior to enrolling; permission of instructor.

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