What do we want our universities to be?
My own discipline of biology is dead without mathematics, chemistry, and physics, and yes, geology is part of the environment we want our students to know. Now it's true that if all we aimed to do was churn out pre-meds, we could dispense with geology; heck, we could toss out all those ecologists, too, and hone ourselves down to nothing but a service department for instruction in physiology and anatomy.
But we wouldn't be a university anymore. We'd be a trade school.
Go read the whole thing.
In my admittedly limited experience, many biology departments are morphing into trade schools already, for pre-meds and moleculoids. Administrations love the publicity that comes from having productive organismal biologists and paleontologists, but we're usually not writing NIH grants for zillion dollar ion reflux pronabulators, which means we're not propping up universities with megabucks of institutional overhead from those grants, which means that when it comes to startup, lab space, getting tenure lines renewed, etc., we often get the short end of the stick.
Fortunately for me, lots of med schools have learned the hard way that moving from cadaver dissection to online virtual anatomy (OMG!!1!!!111!!!!) is a good way to have your students' board scores go in the toilet, so there is at least one place where anatomy will continue to be valued (if not as much as NIH grants) for the near future at least.
But then, I work at a trade school. It's okay for Western to work that way; it's not okay for the University of Florida.
Depressed Academic is depressed.