College of Arts & Sciences
Department and Program Learning Objectives

Majors in Geology will be able to:

Meet all of the expectations of students in introductory courses, plus:

Understand core areas of geology and environmental geology, and interpret a wide range of earth processes on different temporal and spatial scales. (1,4,5,6)

Demonstrate competence in collecting scientific data, including field observation and field and analytical measurements. (1,4,6,7,8)

Demonstrate the skills of interpretive analysis and critical thinking with respect to geological problems involving temporal and spatial relationships. (1,2,3,4,6,9)

Make informed decisions on issues of local and global environmental significance based on an understanding of :

The interconnectedness of the natural sciences;
The linkages of processes and systems that characterize Earth systems;
The interrelationships between humans and natural Earth systems. (1,2,3,4,6,9)

Conduct effective independent and collaborative investigations. (1,2,4,5,6,7,8,9)

Execute a formal research project, including the use of primary literature, development of a scientific proposal, collection of new primary data, interpretation of new data, and dissemination of results, both orally and in a written thesis (B.S. majors only). (1,2,4,5,6,7,8,9)

All students who have taken an introductory geology course will have a basic understanding of the following: how science works (the scientific method); human interaction with the environment; deep geologic time, including relative and absolute dating approaches; tectonics, the rock cycle, basic Earth structure and how we understand it; and topographic and geologic map reading. (1, 2, 4, 6, 9) 

Numbers in parentheses reflect related Educational Goals.

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