Sara Yearsley, Earth Science Teaching Major

How did you decide on Geosciences?

I want to share my love of the natural sciences, particularly Earth Science, with those around me. I once had a teacher who told me that "knowledge means nothing unless it is shared." I not only promote excellence in science teaching, but I am a strong advocate of creating learning environments that reach the public in as many different forms as possible. There are too many students today that dread science, but I would like to teach them that science is an exciting, amazing subject with infinite possibilities and is another way of knowing that uses just as much creativity and imagination as art, music and language arts.

What’s the best part about being an Earth Science Teaching major?

Within the Geoscience Department, students are given the opportunity to make the most of the their degree and college education. As a returning student and a mother, I have never once felt that I am restricted from furthering my education and creating countless opportunities to grow as an individual. The faculty and my experiences as an officer in a variety of clubs coupled with community outreach opportunities have become the most important part of my major.

What’s been your favorite class so far and why?

It is a toss up. Geomorphology, because it allows students to apply the scientific tools we are given to solve the mysteries of how the world works through actual hands-on field work. It is never boring wading through a deep river to take measurements or hiking up to the top of a fault scarp. However, I really enjoyed Earth Materials, the study of minerals, their crystalline structure, and how they form the rocks around us.

What do you want to do after you graduate?

I intend to get a graduate degree in science education with an emphasis in geology. Ultimately, I would like to direct educational programs in the field of science so that I can help to create the same passion for science that has been instilled in me by those who have influenced me.

What do you wish more people knew about the College of Science?

The drive and desire of all the faculty and staff for each and every student to succeed. From the dean to individual professors, students are provided with a strong foundation of support from which they can create opportunities to achieve and build their futures on successful experiences.

After graduation...

Sara likes geology enough to continue her earth science teaching major into graduate school. 

"I want to get a masters in science education with an emphasis in geology."