Student Learning Goals

Department of Geology and Environmental Science, James Madison University

Program (B.S. and B.A.) Goals and Objectives for the Core Geology Courses

In compiling these goals and objectives the following definitions were used:

Goals: what is to be accomplished.

Objectives for each goal: the content knowledge that can be measured to indicate progress toward attaining the goal. The same goal may show up in different classes, e.g., understanding tectonics.

Strategies for each objective: the actual activities in each of the classes that inculcate the goals; different courses may have different strategies to achieve different facets of a common goal, like understanding tectonics.

The goals and objectives are the knowledge and skills we want our graduates in the B.S. and B.A. degrees to possess and apply in their futures in graduate school and the work world. You can also download a file of the specific course goals for each of the courses in the core curriculum. (Acrobat (PDF) 129kB Feb12 09)

GOAL #1: Demonstrate comprehension of geological principles, facts, and concepts (the knowledge in the field).

GOAL #2: Demonstrate skillful application of methodologies of lab and field.

GOAL #3: Demonstrate an understanding that the geosciences are fundamentally interdisciplinary.

GOAL #4: Demonstrate acceptance, preference for, and commitment to scientific values.

GOAL #5: Compare knowledge of the discipline and future trends as applied to their own continuing education and professional development.

GOAL #6: Communicate with and advise non-scientific audiences on dynamic Earth processes that affect individuals and communities.

GOAL #7: Integrate knowledge and skills in the geosciences in the societal, ethical, and moral context in which these knowledge and skills will be employed.

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