Arkansas Tech University faculty members in the program now known as geology are taking steps to evolve the program’s curriculum.
This move will ensure graduates are prepared for new career opportunities related to the discovery and recovery of critical elements such as lithium.
As part of the evolution, ATU’s Bachelor of Science in Geology will be renamed to Bachelor of Science in Earth Sciences. The proposed revised curriculum maintains the program’s ability to produce qualified geologists, while also improving the acquisition of critical elements, especially as lithium deposits are discovered in Arkansas and efforts begin to recover the resource. This is in response to the increasing demand for experts in the field.
“Students who graduate from Arkansas Tech University with a geoscience certificate will be better prepared to support the rapidly emerging lithium industry in Arkansas,” said Michael, ATU Associate Professor of Geology. Dr. Davis said. “They will gain the knowledge they need to tackle lithium discovery and recovery while reducing the environmental impact of mineral extraction.”
ATU Professor of Geology Dr Jason Patton said critical and rare earth elements had important uses beyond making batteries. He said they are also essential in creating magnets and various modern technologies.
“Important rare earth elements are necessary components in more than 200 products across a wide range of applications, especially high-tech consumer products such as cell phones, computer hard drives, electric and hybrid vehicles, and flat-screen monitors and televisions.” U.S. Geology The research center’s news release states: “Important defense applications include electronic displays, guidance systems, lasers, radar, and sonar systems.”
Patton is currently working on a research project on rare earth elements with ATU students.
“These are important minerals for a green society,” Patton says.
In this case, green means environmental sustainability and economic opportunity for ATU Earth Sciences graduates.
The median salary for geoscientists in the United States in May 2022 was $87,480, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
“Employment of geoscientists is projected to grow 5% from 2022 to 2032, faster than the average for all occupations,” the U.S. Department of Labor says in its Geoscientist Employment Outlook. “On average, approximately 2,200 geoscientist jobs are expected to open each year over the last 10 years. This is expected to result from the need for replenishment.
Current and prospective ATU students interested in learning more about earth science research at Arkansas Tech University should email firstname.lastname@example.org.