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Morrow Project Academic Programs

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Common Degree Programs

 

     Keep in mind that some members of the Morrow Project have multiple degrees, or post-graduate degrees. The main use of this table is for the referee to generate non-player characters. Also note that very few engineering majors end up on Recon teams before 1987 (they're busy building stuff for the Project, or are assigned to Engineering teams).

 

college bachelor's degrees awarded in the United States 1980, by field

field

1d100

Business (inc. accounting, marketing, operations, real estate)

1-22

Education

23-34

Health Professions (inc. nursing, pre-med, pharmacy)

35-41

Art, Dance, Theater or Performance

42-45

Psychology

46-49

Biology or Microbiology

50-53

English

54-56

Communications or Journalism

57-59

Political Science

60-62

Agriculture or Natural Resources

63-65

Humanities (inc. literature, linguistics, anthropology, geography)

66-67

History

68-69

Sociology

70-71

Economics

72-73

Public Administration

74-75

Computer Science

76-77

Criminal Justice

78-79

Foreign Languages

80

Chemistry

81

Mathematics or Statistics

82

Architecture

83

Philosophy

84

Theology

85

Physics

86

minor programs:  Fitness, Consumer Affairs, Library Science, Military Science, Gender Studies, Botany, Zoology, Veterinary Science, Astronomy, etc.

87-90

Mechanical, Industrial, Manufacturing, or Systems Engineering

91-92

Civil or Environmental Engineering

93

Electrical Engineering, EECS, or Computer Engineering

94

Chemical, Petroleum, or Process Engineering

95

Biomedical Engineering

96

Metallurgical or Materials Engineering

97

Aerospace or Marine Engineering

98

other engineering fields:  Nuclear, Mining, Engineering Management, etc.

99

no college degree

00

 

     The top five college awarding bachelor's degrees in engineering for women are Georgia Tech, MIT, University of Michigan, Purdue, and UI Champaign-Urbana.

 

Matching Real World to Game Mechanics

 

     These programs represent about 90% of the Project's members. The skill levels represent someone just barely able to pass the exams, residency programs, license tests, etc. required to begin professional practice -- if you don't put any occupational or personal interest points into your degree program skill, you probably graduated at the bottom of your class. Note that the curriculum at the service academies changes a lot between the Sixties and 1989.

 

     Background:  in 1984, for every 10 persons with a baccalaureate degree, there were 3 persons with a masters degree, and 1.5 people with a professional (usually J.D.) or doctoral degree. The Project's membership was skewed a bit towards bachelor's degrees, so it's about a 10:2:1 ratio.

 

     To represent a lot of the skills not listed here, the referee will ask for a roll based your character's EDU and degrees possessed. I've decided not to build a complicated system for this; the generic roll is EDU x 5%. The roll is based on the highest level of EDU you reached while in that program (and the difficulty of the task, of course). If you took an undergraduate pre-law program, but then got a doctoral degree in philosophy, you have your full EDU for philosophy stuff, but might be down 4 or 5 points of EDU on law facts. I think it'll be easier to use than it sounds "in print".

     The skill levels listed are for persons who attended college after about 1960 ... things like Computer Use are less likely the further back you go.

     All college graduates get an academic base skill of one Other Language at 10%, for some modern language, in addition to the base skills shown. Remember, base skills don't add to each other -- use the highest base skill you have among your various academic, background, and Project training packages.

 

Degree Programs

 

Agriculture

 

skill

bachelors

masters

doctorate

Biology

10%

15%

20%

Chemistry

10%

15%

20%

Zoology

10%

15%

20%

 

Air Force Academy

 

     This is a B.S.-only program, but cadets choose majors which include the assigned skills from the bachelors' program for either biology, chemistry, computer science, electrical engineering, engineering, history, mathematics, physics, or political science. Note that cadets headed into actual flight status will end up with much higher Pilot skill! Not everyone at the Air Force Academy is going to become a pilot.

 

skill

bachelors

masters

doctorate

Chemistry

5%

--

--

Computer Use

10%

--

--

Electrical Repair

15%

--

--

Electronics

5%

--

--

Fieldcraft

15%

--

--

History

25%

--

--

Law

10%

--

--

Mathematics

15%

--

--

Military Science

10%

--

--

Navigation

20%

--

--

Operate Heavy Machinery

10%

--

--

Physics

10%

--

--

Pilot - Fixed Wing

10%

--

--

 

Biology

 

skill

bachelors

masters

doctorate

Biology

20%

40%

60%

Chemistry

10%

15%

20%

Pharmacy

10%

15%

20%

Also represents one type of pre-med program.

 

Botany

 

skill

bachelors

masters

doctorate

Biology

10%

15%

20%

Botany

20%

40%

60%

Chemistry

10%

15%

20%

Fieldcraft

15%

15%

20%

 

Business

 

skill

bachelors

masters

doctorate

Accounting

30%

40%

--

Computer Use

10%

15%

--

Law

15%

20%

--

Mathematics

10%

15%

--

doctoral business programs are really not the same skills as a bachelor's degree program;

for our purposes a masters program would cover an MBA degree, as well

 

Chemistry

 

skill

bachelors

masters

doctorate

Biology

10%

15%

20%

Chemistry

20%

40%

60%

Mathematics

15%

15%

20%

Other Language:  German

5%

5%

10%

Pharmacy

5%

5%

10%

 

Communications or Journalism

 

skill

bachelors

masters

doctorate

Fast Talk

15%

15%

20%

Own Language

80%

85%

90%

Persuade

20%

30%

40%

Psychology

15%

20%

25%

 

Computer Science

 

skill

bachelors

masters

doctorate

Computer Use

20%

40%

60%

Electrical Repair

15%

20%

20%

Electronics

10%

15%

20%

 

Dentistry

 

skill

bachelors

masters

doctorate

Biology

--

--

10%

Chemistry

--

--

10%

Dentistry

--

--

60%

Medicine

--

--

10%

Other Language:  Latin

--

--

5%

Pharmacy

--

--

20%

Surgery

--

--

10%

Also take either the Biology or Chemistry B.S.

Economics

 

skill

bachelors

masters

doctorate

Accounting

15%

15%

20%

Mathematics

15%

15%

20%

 

Electrical Engineering

 

skill

bachelors

masters

doctorate

Computer Use

15%

20%

20%

Electrical Repair

20%

30%

40%

Electronics

20%

40%

60%

Mathematics

15%

15%

20%

Physics

15%

15%

20%

 

Engineering

 

     This includes programs for mechanical engineering, naval architecture, civil engineering, aeronautical or aerospace engineering, nuclear engineering and many others. Cartography is probably only for civil engineers, though.

 

skill

bachelors

masters

doctorate

Cartography

25%

25%

30%

Chemistry

5%

10%

10%

Electrical Repair

15%

15%

20%

Electronics

5%

10%

10%

Mathematics

15%

15%

20%

Mechanical Repair

25%

25%

30%

Operate Heavy Machinery

15%

15%

20%

Physics

15%

15%

20%

 

English

 

skill

bachelors

masters

doctorate

History

20%

25%

30%

Own Language (English)

90%

95%

99%

 

Foreign Language

 

     Remember the Other Language skill available to all college graduates -- that's in addition to the two available from this program. The commonest languages found in the Morrow Project are (in order) Spanish, Cantonese Chinese, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Tagalog, Italian, Arabic, Russian and Japanese. Navajo, Nahuatl, Cree and Ojibwe are valued but rare; Latin is more common than those (but not very valued).

 

skill

bachelors

masters

doctorate

History

20%

25%

30%

Other Language

50%

60%

70%

Other Language

40%

50%

60%

 

Forestry

 

skill

bachelors

masters

doctorate

Biology

5%

10%

15%

Botany

10%

15%

20%

Cartography

10%

15%

20%

Fieldcraft

15%

15%

20%

Operate Heavy Machinery

5%

5%

10%

 

Geology

 

skill

bachelors

masters

doctorate

Cartography

20%

30%

40%

Chemistry

20%

40%

60%

Geology

20%

40%

60%

Operate Heavy Machinery

5%

5%

10%

 

History

 

skill

bachelors

masters

doctorate

Archaelogy

--

5%

10%

History

30%

50%

60%

Library Use

--

--

30%

Other Language

--

5%

10%

 

Law

 

skill

bachelors

masters

doctorate

Accounting

--

--

15%

History

--

--

25%

Law

--

--

40%

Library Use

--

--

30%

Psychology

--

--

10%

Also take either a bachelors or masters program.

English, Business, Economics, Finance, History, Journalism, Philosophy, Political Science and Psychology are good choices.

 

Medicine

 

skill

bachelors

masters

doctorate

Biology

--

--

10%

Chemistry

--

--

10%

First Aid

--

--

40%

Medicine

--

--

40%

Other Language:  Latin

--

--

10%

Pharmacy

--

--

20%

Surgery

--

--

20%

Library Use

--

--

30%

Also take either a biology or chemistry bachelor's degree.

 

Meteorology

 

skill

bachelors

masters

doctorate

Chemistry

10%

15%

20%

Physics

10%

15%

20%

 

Military Academy

 

     West Point offers a B.S.-only program. Note that Ranger School has not been mandatory for Army officers since 1972; West Point graduates who enter the combat arms (infantry, armor, cavalry) have priority slots to enter Ranger training just after graduation, however.

      While there are no "majors" at West Point before 1985, and only 8 elective courses, there are "concentrations", most of which mean you took one of the elective courses (and did some other non-course stuff). Concentrations seem to have included English, philosophy, history, a foreign language, political science, and some STEM fields (see the Engineering description). Taking a concentration (which wasn't required) gives a 15% bonus to some base skill.

     This set of skills may also be used the ROTC programs at the "senior military colleges":  The Citadel, Virginia Tech, VMI, Texas A&M, Norwich, Augusta Military Academy (closed 1984), and The Military College of Georgia (aka North Georgia College).

 

skill

bachelors

masters

doctorate

Cartography

10%

--

--

Chemistry

5%

--

--

Fieldcraft

20%

--

--

History

25%

--

--

Indirect Fire Weapon

10%

--

--

Law

10%

--

--

Military Science

20%

--

--

Physics

5%

--

--

Psychology

10%

--

--

Direct Fire Weapon

10%

--

--

 

Naval Academy

 

     Annapolis is a B.S.-only program, but midshipmen choose majors which include the assigned skills from the bachelors' program for either biology, chemistry, electrical engineering, engineering, English, history, mathematics, political science, or physics.

 

skill

bachelors

masters

doctorate

Astronomy

5%

--

--

Boat/Row

15%

--

--

Cartography

15%

   

Mathematics

15%

--

--

Military Science

10%

--

--

Navigation

20%

--

--

Operate Heavy Machinery

20%

--

--

Sail

10%

--

--

Signals

10%

--

--

 

Nursing

 

     This represents an R.N., EMT, or very fully-trained combat medic.

 

skill

bachelors

masters

doctorate

First Aid

40%

--

--

Medicine

20%

--

--

Pharmacy

10%

--

--

Surgery

5%

--

--

Biology

5%

--

--

 

Philosophy

 

     Not usually available as a masters degree program.

 

skill

bachelors

masters

doctorate

History

20%

--

30%

Persuade

20%

--

30%

 

Physics

 

      Emphasis on theoretical and nuclear physics for Project members.

 

skill

bachelors

masters

doctorate

Computer Use

10%

15%

20%

Electrical Repair

10%

15%

20%

Electronics

10%

15%

20%

Mathematics

15%

20%

20%

Physics

20%

40%

60%

 

Political Science

 

skill

bachelors

masters

doctorate

Anthropology

10%

15%

20%

History

20%

25%

30%

Law

10%

15%

20%

Psychology

10%

15%

20%

 

Psychology

 

     This is a combination of B.A. and B.S. programs. People with bachelors degrees in psychology often enter "non-therapeutic" fields -- business, advertising, industry, English or foreign language study ...

 

skill

bachelors

masters

doctorate

Hypnosis

--

10%

15%

Medicine

5%

10%

15%

Own Language

--

EDUx6

EDUx7

Persuade

20%

25%

30%

Pharmacy

--

10%

15%

Psychology

20%

40%

60%

 

Sociology

 

skill

bachelors

masters

doctorate

Anthropology

20%

25%

30%

History

20%

25%

30%

Psychology

10%

15%

20%

 

Veterinary Medicine

 

skill

bachelors

masters

doctorate

Medicine

--

25%

30%

Pharmacy

--

10%

15%

Surgery

--

10%

20%

Zoology

--

10%

20%

Also take either a biology or chemistry B.S.

 

Zoology

 

skill

bachelors

masters

doctorate

Biology

10%

15%

20%

Chemistry

10%

15%

20%

Zoology

20%

40%

60%

 

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