Student Learning Goals
Geology Department, University of Hawaii-Hilo
Goals of the Academic Programs in Geology
- Acquisition of basic knowledge and skills that prepare students for one of the following:
- graduate school;
- entry-level positions as professional geologists or natural resource managers;
- secondary education.
- Program graudates are expected to have mastered basic concepts and vocabulary in the following areas:
- plate tectonics;
- origin and classification of rocks and minerals;
- geological time scale and how this relates to major events in the history of Earth and its life;
- geophysical properties of the Earth and crustal deformation;
- processes that shape the surface of the Earth; and
- environmental hazards and issues
Possible Assessment Mechanism: Exam geared to the level of a comprehensive final examination in an introductory course. Such an exam could be embedded in a capstone course.
- Students are expected to develop skills in observing and recording geologic features and processes.
- Students are expected to develop competency in the interpretation of earth science data, including both qualitative and quantitative analyses.
- Program graduates shall be competent in
- locating and interpreting scientific literature;
- giving oral presentations; and
- use of computers at a level consistent with current professional practice.