In your department, do majors and non-majors take separate introductory courses? yes
Introductory courses are split into Physical and Historical Geology for majors. Non-majors take Earth Science, Environmental Geology or Introduction to Oceans.
If students take a "non-majors" course, and then decide to become a major, do they have to go back and take an additional introductory course? no
- Evaluate the risk associated with near-earth objects that might collide with Earth.
- Predict the locations of earthquakes, trenches, mountains and volcanoes for tectonic maps not previously analyzed.
- Predict directions of relative plate motion, age of the seafloor and draw lithospheric cross sections for tectonic maps not previously analyzed.
- Predict the rock forming processes and/or the type of rocks associated with various plate tectonic settings.
- Apply concepts of numerical time to calculate rock ages.
- Synthesize the rock cycle with relative time principles to draw cross sections based on rock descriptions.
- Predict flood frequency and evaluate a scenario by constructing recurrence interval graphs.
- Apply concepts of groundwater flow to design chemical spill mitigation plans.
- Apply concepts related to ocean circulation, currents and tides to shoreline development.
- Apply concepts related to the atmosphere to predict the weather based on a temperature/pressure map not previously discussed in class.
- Relate climate to global climate change and link human actions to possible consequences.
References and Notes:
The Good Earth, McConnell, Steer, Knight, Park and Owens, 2007
I helped write the course text that has integrated formative assessments.
Classroom Assessment Techniques, Angelo and Cross, 1993.
College Pathways to the Science Education Standards, NSTA Press, 2001.
Scholarship reconsidered: Priorities of the Professoriate, Boyer, 1990.
Science Education Standards, NRC Press, 1999.
Effective Grading, Woodward and Anderson eds., 1998.
Targeting Students' Science Misconceptions, Stephans, 2003.
Classroom Research, Cross and Steadman, 1996.
How People Learn, NRC Press, 2000.