(Updated 10-24-2014)

GEOLOGY MAJOR

Learning Objectives
  1. Understand and apply basic principles of chemistry and physics to geologic topics. Communicate observations and interpretations orally.
  2. Show proficiency in the use of mathematics; apply algebraic, geometric and calculus concepts in geoscientific problem-solving.
  3. Communicate observations and interpretations in oral and written formats.

Specific Technical Skills
Upon graduation, Geology majors must be able to:

  1. Interpret topographic maps and terrain models and create profiles.
  2. Interpret geologic maps and construct cross sections.
  3. Know the geologic time scale and place important geologic events in a temporal framework.
  4. Explain how and why the Earth has changed over time.
  5. Understand large-scale internal Earth processes and the features produced by them.
  6. Identify common fossils and their ages as well as the conditions under which they lived.
  7. Identify common rock-forming minerals.
  8. Infer environments of deposition of sedimentary rocks based on composition, texture and/or internal structures.
  9. Measure and create stratigraphic sections and three-dimensional facies diagrams.
  10. Identify common igneous and metamorphic rock types.
  11. Relate rock types to tectonic regimes.
  12. Distinguish between various structural features and determine the types of stress responsible for their formation.
  13. Use Brunton compass, survey instruments and images in geological investigations.
  14. Collect and evaluate three-dimensional geologic data and create geologic maps.
  15. Distinguish and describe various types of surficial deposits and make surficial geologic maps.
  16. Understand and interpret geophysical measurements of subsurface properties.
  17. Create and interpret graphs of quantitative data.

EARTH SCIENCE COMPOSITE TEACHING MAJOR

Learning Objectives

  1. Demonstrate competency in the latest and most effective teaching methods and the ability to access and utilize pedagogical resources.
  2. Understand and apply basic principles of chemistry and physics to geologic topics. Communicate observations and interpretations orally.
  3. Show proficiency in the use of mathematics; apply algebraic, geometric and calculus concepts in geoscientific problem-solving.
  4. Communicate observations and interpretations in oral and written formats.

Specific Technical Skills
Upon graduation, Earth Science Composite Teaching majors must be able to do the following (NOTE that this is in addition to Secondary Teacher Education Program and School of Teacher Education and Leadership required proficiencies):

  1. Interpret topographic maps and terrain models and create profiles.
  2. Interpret geologic maps and construct cross sections.
  3. Know the geologic time scale and place important geologic events in a temporal framework.
  4. Explain how and why the Earth has changed over time.
  5. Understand large-scale internal Earth processes and the features produced by them.
  6. Identify common fossils and their ages as well as the conditions under which they lived.
  7. Identify common rock-forming minerals.
  8. Infer environments of deposition of sedimentary rocks based on composition, texture and/or internal structures.
  9. Measure and create stratigraphic sections and three-dimensional facies diagrams.
  10. Identify common igneous and metamorphic rock types.
  11. Relate rock types to tectonic regimes.
  12. Distinguish between various structural features and determine the types of stress responsible for their formation.
  13. Use Brunton compass, survey instruments and images in geological investigations.
  14. Collect and evaluate three-dimensional geologic data.
  15. Distinguish and describe various types of surficial deposits .
  16. Create and interpret graphs of quantitative data.