Mission and Program/Learning Outcomes

The mission of the Department of Earth Sciences is threefold:

1. To provide a robust undergraduate learning and research experience for
geoscience students.

2. To demonstrate the importance of the geosciences to society.

3. To promote faculty research, scholarly activity and interdisciplinary collaboration.

In addition to our mission, the department has three student-learning outcomes: (1) Graduates will demonstrate proficiency in communication and critical thinking; (2) Graduates will demonstrate sufficient knowledge that allows them to be competitive in the geoscience workforce and/or pursue a graduate degree; and (3) Graduates will develop the ability to independently develop, conduct and complete a novel research project. 

Our department mission and learning outcomes support the overall mission of the University and its strategic goals.  

Assessment of our learning outcomes can be found here.

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