Program Learning Objectives and Assessment Schedule for B.S. Geology

 

Program Learning Objectives

There are six Primary Learning Objectives (PLOs) for the B.S. Geology degree.  Students who earn a B.S. Geology degree will possess the ability to:

1. Develop the skill to read and accurately interpret topographic maps.
2. Effectively communicate scientific ideas and results in writing.
3. Use the fundamentals of chemistry, physics, and math to solve geologic problems.
4. Classify and identify geological materials, such as, minerals, rocks, and fossils, and understand their relationships to each other and interacting earth systems.
5. Visualize and comprehend geologic structures and processes.
6. Understand how geologists measure deep time and reconstruct earth history.

 

Curriculum Roadmap

The following geology courses focus on enhancing the student's abilities toward each respective PLO.  Courses marked with an asterisk are used for assessment:

 
PLO # Introductory Reinforcement Capstone University Learning Goals §
1 GEOL 1, 7, 28 125* 129* #1
2 GEOL 1, 7, 28 120, 124* 129 #3
3 GEOL 1, 7 120*, 122*, 124, 125 129* #1, #3, #4
4 GEOL 1, 7, 28 120*, 122*, 124*, 125 129 #1, #3, #4
5 GEOL 1, 7, 28  122*, 124*, 125* 129 #1, #3
6 GEOL 1, 7, 28 124 129*  #1, #2, #3, #4

 *Course used for assessment of PLO
 §University Learning Goal #5 is addressed through GE offerings. Within the
    B.S. Geology degree, Geology 1 and Geology 7 have assignments that
    address University Learning Goal #5.

 

Assessment Schedule

The following table is the Geology Department's six-year assessment schedule for the six PLOs for the B.S. Geology degree:

 
PLO # 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
1       x    
2 x         x
3   x        
4   x        
5         x  
6     x      
 
 

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