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Learning Outcomes

The following list of Learning Outcomes provides a broad overview of the skills and knowledge that students majoring in the department are expected acquire.



Content Mastery

Describe the fundamental Earth systems and cycles including how they integrate sub-disciplines and cross traditional discipline boundaries and explain how they truly benefit society

Describe and identify common Earth materials and interpret their composition, origin and uses

Describe the processes operating at and beneath the Earth's surface, how those processes create the Earth's landscape, and how humans affect and are affected by the processes

Outline the broad physical and biological history of the planet and the evidence for that history and how the past can be used to anticipate future changes


Present geological information clearly in written, graphic and oral form

Interpret and quantify geological phenomena in the lab and in the field applying the scientific method using appropriate skills

Initiate and conduct research including hypothesis formation, literature research, and date collection and interpretation and present the results to a broader audience


Aware of the value of high ethical standards in one's professional conduct and stewardship of the Earth and its resources

Aware of the value of collaborative work, an appreciation for the contributions of others, and confidence in their ability to make valuable contributions

Value how earth science knowledge and skills can be used to address the grand challenges facing human society, including climate change, mass extinction, water resources, etc.