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Geology, BS

Student Outcomes

Assessment of Student Outcomes

Outcome M Geologic Reasoning

This student learning outcome applies to all three of our programs: Geology (including the environmental geology emphasis), Geology-Chemistry, and Earth Science.
Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to apply geologic reasoning to interpret geologic data.

Objective 1 To show learning gains in understanding fundamental geological processes both in the Earth's interior, on its surface and through geologic time.

Measure 1

2018 Status
Achieved
Students in GEO 312 gain insight, problem solving and reasoning skills in describing processes that lead to oil formation in the subsurface.

Outcome N Proficiency with Topographic and Geologic Maps

This SLO applies to our Geology program (including the environmental emphasis),
Geology majors are proficient at reading and using topographic and geologic maps.
Geology majors are proficient at using geospatial/geoscience tools and methods to evaluate and quantitatively analyze geologic and topographic data.


Objective 1 Most Geology majors in early majors' courses can effectively use a variety of common spatial/quantitative tools used by geoscientists.

Measure 1

2018 Status
Achieved
Students show substantial learning gains between the beginning and end of the course in geospatial reasoning and quantitative problem solving which also requires 3D thinking.

Outcome P Learning Outside Classroom

Increase the participation of majors in a significant professional/learning experience outside of the classroom.
Department faculty will work on developing resources and the best venues for sharing resources with students. Resources will be shared informally and in the context of some courses.
Objective 1 Improve on-line resources, structures, advising and opportunities that encourage and foster student participation in significant professional/learning experiences outside the classroom.

Measure 1

2018 Status
Achieved
All Geology courses require the application of the scientific method. From these courses faculty regularly recruit students for high impact learning activities and research projects. Also all geology courses include some form of high impact teaching in the required coursework.

Outcome Q Global International Learning

Increase student opportunities for global and international learning in all three programs
Objective 1 Incorporate more global learning opportunities for students through field trips, curriculum, and on-line collaboration.

Measure 1

2018 Status
Achieved
Almost all Geology courses have at least one field trip or cruise requirement. Plus all faculty are actively engaged in mentoring students in scientific research.

Outcome R Geological Reasoning in Solving Environmental Problems

(Unique to Environmental Emphasis)
Geology majors choosing the environmental emphasis will demonstrate content knowledge and problem solving skills in understanding an d addressing environmental problems.
Students having chosen the environmental emphasis will demonstrate proficiency in interpreting environmental change over geologic time.
Objective 1 Students making appreciable learning gains in understanding Earth's superficial processes and materials.

Measure 1

2018 Status
Achieved
Substantial learning gains have been made by students in GEO 320 in understanding the role of water in shaping the Earth's surface landforms and rocks.

Outcome T Scientific Reasoning

Proficient understanding of the fundamental principles defining the nature of science, and geological sciences in particular.
Objective 1 Proficient understanding of the fundamental principles defining the nature of science, and geological sciences in particular.

Measure 1

2018 Status
Achieved
Most students have a foundational understanding of the nature and methods of scientific inquiry upon completion of this introductory geology course. Greater than 30% show proficiency.