Geology Discipline

UNIT MISSION/GOAL(S)

 

To provide a firm foundation in geology, related sciences, and mathematics for students interested in the investigation and solution of geologic problems; to prepare students for graduate study in the geosciences and related areas; to provide the necessary background in earth science for those who plan to teach in this field at the secondary level; and to serve those in other professional or interdisciplinary programs who need geology as a related subject.

Unit Mission/goal(s) and the Institutional Mission Relation

The geology curriculum serves those interested in a broader knowledge of their natural environment and the geological sciences as part of their liberal arts education.

 

 

STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES, EXPECTED OUTCOMES, ASSESSMENT METHODS & TOOLS, TIMELINE

 

Learning Objective 1

 

A basic understanding of fundamental geological principles, Earth materials, structures, and geologic processes for both Geology majors and other disciplines requiring knowledge of Geology

 

Expected Outcome 1

Basic knowledge of geology and the Earth.

 

Method(s), Measure(s), and Instrument(s) for Expected Outcome 1

      Individual class exams

      Feedback from faculty in Education, Environmental Science and Environmental Studies majors regarding material taught and students command of appropriate subject matter

      Record immediate graduate activities (graduate school/industry/others) for Geology, Education, Environmental Science and Environmental Studies majors.

       

Timeline for the Outcome 1

Starting Date for the Implementation: In Progress

 

Learning Objective 2

 

Development of observational skills to interpret geology in a natural setting

Expected Outcome 2

 

An understanding of the 'geology around us'. Ability to 'read' the geologic history of a landscape or geologic exposure.

 

Method(s), Measure(s), and Instrument(s) for Expected Outcome 2

 

Review Geologic Field Book(s) (containing field notes, observations and interpretations) from 1st Geology course requiring a field book to senior year (Geol 3620).

Review Performance and grades for Geol 3196 – Geology Field Camp.

 

Timeline for the Outcome 2

 

Starting Date for the Implementation: In Progress

 

Learning Objective 3

Reading and comprehension of geologic literature

 

Expected Outcome 3

Ability to understand most recent developments in geology

 

Method(s), Measure(s), and Instrument(s) for Expected Outcome 3

 

Assess Class discussions of assigned readings for Geol 4901 - Senior       Seminar I

Review reading notebook for Geol 4901 - Senior Seminar I

 

Timeline for the Outcome 3

 

Starting Date for the Implementation: In Progress

 

Learning Objective 4

 

Conduct independent research activities

 

Expected Outcome 4

 

Experience in attempting to solve a geologic problem or question through generation of original data

 

Method(s), Measure(s), and Instrument(s) for Expected Outcome 4

 

      Individual class laboratory projects

      Reports for MAPs, UROPs, other funded research opportunities

      Presentations at Professional Meetings

       

Timeline for the Outcome 4

 

Starting Date for the Implementation: In Progress

 

Learning Objective 5

 

Clearly present (orally) scientific ideas and support scientific theories cogently

Expected Outcome 5

 

Experience speaking and presenting ideas

 

Method(s), Measure(s), and Instrument(s) for Expected Outcome 5

 

Assess presentations for Geol 4902 - Senior Seminar II

Assess presentations at professional meetings

 

Timeline for the Outcome 5

 

Starting Date for the Implementation: In Progress

 

Learning Objective 6

 

Practical and functional knowledge of geologic sciences

 

Expected Outcome 6

 

Competitive level of learning of geologic information and skills

 

Method(s), Measure(s), and Instrument(s) for Expected Outcome 6

 

      Record of post-graduate endeavors, e.g.:

                  Graduate School (acceptance rates and success)

                  Industry

                  Earth Science Teaching

       

Timeline for the Outcome 6

 

Starting Date for the Implementation: In Progress