Under-represented Minorities and Geoscience Departments

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Friday, September 26, 2008

The states with the lowest percentage of under-represented minorites have relatively small populations with more than 50% of the people living in rural areas. The under-represented population includes Black and African American, American Indian and Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiian and other Pacic Islanders, Hispanics, and people identied with “Two or More Races”.

States with the highest percentage of colleges and universities oering degrees in the geosciences are largely rural and (with the exception of Wisconsin) have relatively few instistutions of higher education. Wyoming is the only state with 100% of schools oering a degree in the geosciences, but it has only one university granting baccalaureate degrees. States where under-represented minorities make up more than 35% of the population typically have a larger number of 4-year degree-granting institutions. However, less than half of those schools oer geoscience degrees.