Practical Skills for a Career in (Physical) Science
(1 credit, P/NP)
Page Last modified: 7 May 1999
due to low enrollment.
Perhaps it will be tried again in the future.
Comments? Questions? email Dr. Grotjahn at
An undergraduate course in which
students learn some general skills to succeed in a scientific career.
Those skills that are not normally taught in typical
science courses are emphasized. The course uses examples from
Physics, Atmospheric Science, and other fields as appropriate;
the material is intended to have
broad applicability to geophysical sciences.
- To gain practical experience in approaching problems
as a (physical) scientist does
- To identify situations where scientific thought impacts
- To learn how to find and secure a job in
the (geophysical) sciences
Richard Grotjahn, Professor of Atmospheric Science
rm 173 Hoagland Hall, Phone: 752-2246, E-mail: grotjahn-at-ucdavis.edu
Joe Stasulat, Program Manager, Internship and Career Center
rm 0213 South Hall, Phone: 752-2682, E-mail: jjstasulat-at-ucdavis.edu
Course meeting times & location:
The initial meeting was: April 7, 3:30 pm,
in rm 124 Hoagland.
- discussion: 4:00-5:00 pm Wednesdays; rm 124 Hoagland
Course Topical Outline:
- course administration & overview. (Atmospheric) science
in the year 2025.
- scientific methods: what is & is not science?
formulating & evaluating hypotheses, thought experiments, etc.
- scientific methods & tools: experimental design & using tools
such as: data analysis (spreadsheets), modelling
- scientific tools: on using statistics, the importance of
writing & presenting information
- scientific responsibility & credibility issues -- when science
- scientific responsibility & credibility issues -- advocacy
- careers in science, future directions of science, what
- hunting for a job: how to search the web, etc.
- hunting for a job: preparing & critiquing the resume
- hunting for a job: the interview
Useful links (under construction)
- (7 April) Attend one of the ICC workshops on resume writing.
Then prepare a resume of the type that you think best fits your
employment goals. (Due: at the start of the June 2 class.)
Note: see the ICC website for workshop details.
grading: P/NP. A passing grade is based on completion of the tasks. These
tasks include reasonable participation in the discussions. Also required
is completion of the assignments.
Failure to meet a responsibility may lead to a No Pass grade.
- This course may not be repeated for credit.
- Text used: None
- understanding of basic concepts in mechanics is expected
- there will be no tests
- at least 1 assignment may involve using a spreadsheet
program (training may be provided, as needed)
UNDER CONSTRUCTION BELOW!!!