Student Learning Outcomes
Goal 1: Graduates should understand how scientific methodology is applied in the earth sciences.
Goal 2: Graduates should have a thorough knowledge and understanding of core concepts in the earth sciences, including the following areas:
- Processes occurring at different types of lithospheric plate boundaries;
- Major physical and biological events in Earth history, and the methods used to interpret this history;
- Surface processes and their impact on development of landforms, and the ability to identify and interpret landforms;
- Basic tectonic processes, and the ability to interpret structural relations from geologic data;
- Basic rock forming processes, and the ability to identify common minerals and use minerals and textures to interpret environments in which rocks formed;
- Major geological cycles and their interactions with Earth systems.
Goal 3: Graduates should have a set of fundamental skills that they can apply to a variety of situations; including:
- Problem Solving Skills -- the ability to formulate strategies, collect data, apply algebraic and graphical techniques to arrive at solutions, and interpret results related to geologic processes.
- Communication Skills -- the ability to clearly express earth science concepts and present results from laboratory and field work orally, graphically, and in writing.