Geological Sciences, B.S.
Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes
The following goals and learning outcomes have been established for students pursuing a degree in geological sciences:
Skills, concepts, and processes
- describe, classify and interpret geologic field data and interpret the geologic history of an area by integrating all types of field data
- read, interpret, and construct geologic maps, cross sections and block diagrams and use such diagrams to visualize geologic relations in the four dimensions of space and time;
- understand geologic time, explain the geologic time scale and its scientific basis, recount the milestone events in Earth history, and understand the basics of common dating methods;
Integrative approach to Earth Science problems
- apply physics, chemistry and biology to the understanding of Earth systems and cycles, including plate tectonics and the rock cycle, the water cycle, and the life cycle and evolution;
- understand the role of geology in everyday life, appreciate the extent of human impact on Earth systems and environments, and understand the processes that create natural hazards, and the strategies that minimize their impact on society; and
- perform independent geological research by applying the scientific method, identify and locate existing geologic information, and communicate data and interpretations orally and in writing using appropriate technology.