Geology (BA/BS)

Shown here are the general learning goals of the program broken down into specific student learning outcomes (SLOs). These SLOs represent what a student should be able to do as a result of successfully completing this program. Student performance on these outcomes are routinely assessed by program faculty as a way of informing programmatic improvement efforts.

Goal Outcome

1. Each graduate shall demonstrate competency in a knowledge-base common to geologic professionals.

  • 1.1 Each graduate will be able to identify various sedimentary structures, relate them to modern depositional environments, and interpret the geological significance of paleoenvironmental reconstruction.
  • 1.2 Each graduate will learn to characterize and identify common rocks and minerals in hand specimen and in thin section using the petrographic microscope, and be able to articulate the genesis and geologic significance of the rock and mineral association.
  • 1.3 Each graduate will learn to comprehend and/or make a geological map and construct a geological cross section from a map.

2. Each graduate shall demonstrate competency in conducting appropriate field, laboratory and analytical procedures in geology.

  • 2.1 Each graduate will demonstrate competency with appropriate field methods.
  • 2.2 Each graduate will demonstrate competency with appropriate laboratory techniques.

3. Each graduate will demonstrate critical thinking and communication skills.

  • 3.1 Each graduate will develop skills in analyzing and questioning concepts related to science in general and to geology in particular.
  • 3.2 Each graduate will develop an oral presentation that integrates their interpretations of a geologically-related topic that they have researched with appropriate literature review.
  • 3.3 Each graduate will integrate information on a geologically-related topic into a written paper that they have researched with appropriate literature review.

4. Each graduate will comprehend the global reach of the science of geology.

  • 4.1 Each graduate will understand the global consequences of climate change, both related to paleoclimate change and modern climate change.
  • 4.2 Each graduate should be able to compare and contrast a wide variety of plate tectonic settings around the world.