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General Education Goals in Geology
The ability to write and to verbally and visually
communicate in a scientific format.
The ability to read technical geologic literature and to
gather detailed information on a geologic subject.
The ability to read geologic and topographic maps and
cross sections and hold a basic understanding of how they are produced.
The ability to critique geologic information and make
decisions about its accuracy and implications for real world situations.
A basic understanding of quantitative problem-solving
methods in geology, including the use of graphical data and techniques
and computer software/hardware.
A fundamental understanding of how analytical laboratory
methods may be applied to solving geologic problems.
The ability to collect, synthesize, and display geologic
field, laboratory, and analytical observations and data leading to the
formulation of supportable geologic hypotheses.
The ability to weigh and develop tests of one's own and
existing hypotheses regarding geologic processes and events, and the
ability to apply sound hypotheses to real world problem solving.
The development of a sense of honesty, responsibility,
and integrity in the treatment of geologic data and in the development
of hypotheses and recommendations for the public or as a future employee
Fundamental Knowledge Requirements in Geology
Students should be
able to apply this information to actual field and laboratory
- Visual identification of common minerals, sediments, and rock types
in outcrops, hand specimens, and under a microscope.
- Geologic time and the overall history of the Earth including the
general evolution of organisms.
- The historical development of some major concepts in geology, and how
thought processes and interpretations can change over time.
- Composition of the Earth, both its interior and crustal level
materials and how they are formed including an appreciation of how
igneous rocks form and how to interpret them.
- Structure of the Earth, both its interior and at the crustal level
and how we know about this structure.
- Plate tectonics and how deformation and metamorphism occurs in
Earth's crust as well as how to interpret metamorphic rocks.
- Earth's surface and near-surface processes including how they impact
environmental and societal concerns, and how water is distributed,
stored, and migrates in hydrologic systems.
- The fundamental ways in which soils, sediments, and sedimentary rocks
are produced and how to interpret them.
- The Earth's climates and the history of climate change as recorded in
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