Geology

  • geological sciences

Student Learning Outcomes - Undergraduate

Assessment in the Department of Geological Sciences

To evaluate the effectiveness of our Department's mission and goals, the Department of Geological Sciences has developed a program-level plan for assessment of student learning. The mission of our B.S. and M.S. degree programs parallels that of the University: to prepare our students to be life-long learners so that they may become productive members of the workforce. We use rubrics to quantify and assess the achievement of specific Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) in different department courses. Because we are a small department, faculty-student relationships are strong, and we are able to assist our students on an individual basis. This allows us to better accommodate students with diverse economic, social, and academic backgrounds. The Department offers the B.S. and M.S. in Geology and a minor in Geology. For the B.S. degree, three options are available: Geology (Option I), Environmental Geology (Option II), and Secondary Teaching (Option III).

Student Learning Outcomes:
Bachelor of Science in Geology or Environmental Geology

The primary goals of our undergraduate program are to provide students with academic competencies, ethical values, and professional skills that facilitate their transition from undergraduate students to post-graduate work or professional positions.

B.S. graduates in Geology (Geology Options I & II) can:

  1. Demonstrate mastery in identification of rocks, minerals, fossils, and geologic structures.
  2. Demonstrate mastery in field methods, including: a) taking accurate and reliable field notes, b) constructing a geologic map, a cross section and a stratigraphic column; and c) observing the geologic relations of a field area and interpreting its geologic history based on these field observations.
  3. Demonstrate competency in using widely used software programs to produce quality geologic illustrations and to analyze data sets and images.
  4. Define methods and approaches needed to solve a geological problem.
  5. Apply theoretical, conceptual, and observational knowledge to the analysis and solution of geologic data and problems.
  6. Communicate clearly and articulately their geologic knowledge, findings, and interpretations in oral presentations.
  7. Write technical reports that are well researched, well organized, well illustrated, and well written.


Student Learning Outcomes:
Bachelor of Science in Secondary Teaching

B.S. graduates in Secondary Teaching (Geology Option III) can:

  1. Demonstrate mastery in identification of rocks, minerals, fossils, and geologic structures.
  2. Demonstrate mastery in field methods, including: a) taking accurate and reliable field notes, b) constructing a geologic map, a cross section and a stratigraphic column; and c) observing the geologic relations of a field area and interpreting its geologic history based on these field observations.
  3. Demonstrate competency in using widely used software programs to produce quality geologic illustrations and to analyze data sets and images.
  4. Define methods and approaches needed to solve a geological problem.
  5. Apply theoretical, conceptual, and observational knowledge to the analysis and solution of geologic data and problems.
  6. Communicate clearly and articulately their geologic knowledge, findings, and interpretations in oral presentations.
  7. Write technical reports that are well researched, well organized, well illustrated, and well written.
  8. Plan instruction and design learning experiences for students and make subject matter comprehensible.