Summary of the 2012-2013 Annual Progress Report on Assessment of Student Learning


The Department of Geology assessed four learning outcomes for AY2012-2013: understanding of career options (SLO4); ability to work well with others (SLO6); competence in information retrieval (SLO7); and experience in networking and understanding of the need for public awareness (SLO8). Outcomes were assessed through multiple direct measures (SLO6 and 7), typically performance on specific assignments that addressed each outcome in a variety of advanced courses, and via an indirect survey method (SLO4 and 8) sent to all individuals who graduated with geology as their major during the assessment period.


Although surveys of graduated majors and, of those, the survey respondents involve small numbers, data amassed over the past three academic years suggest students would benefit from a better understanding of career options (SLO4); 40% of students surveyed were at proficient level or above for AY2012-2013; this figure rises to 52% averaged over the past three academic years for a total of 17 survey respondents. In contrast, proficient or higher level experience of networking and understanding of the necessity of public awareness (SLO8) indicates an upward trend for AY 2012-2013 (80%) compared to previous assessment years (av. 60% over past 3 AY). Outcomes for SLO 6 and 7 indicate student learning is maintained at a consistently high level compared with the previous assessment of these outcomes in AY2010-2011. For SLO6, 88% and 79% of students obtained proficient level or higher scores for specific assignments from two advanced level courses. For a similar direct assessment of SLO7, 78% and 79% of students obtained proficient level or higher scores.

Student Learning Outcomes

Geoscience Major Student Learning Outcomes: To qualify for a B.S. degree in Geology, students will demonstrate:Their knowledge of earth materialsTheir understanding earth processesTheir ability to apply geologic techniquesTheir understanding of career options appropriate to their degree, both within and outside the field. Their competence in written and oral presentationsTheir ability to work well with othersTheir competence in information retrieval*Their experience in networking and understanding of the need for public awareness
Required Courses        
GEOL 502 MineralogyAAAXAXX*
GEOL 503 PetrologyAAAXAXX*
GEOL 520 Geomorphology AAAXAAX*
GEOL 581 Invertebrate Fossils AAAXAXA*
GEOL 530 Structural Geology AAAXXXA*
GEOL 560 Field MethodsAAAXXAA*
GEOL 615 Intro to GeochemistryAAAXAXX*
GEOL 640 Intro to GeophysicsAAAAXXA*
GEOL 630 Stratigraphy/SedimentologyAAAXAXA*
GEOL 680 Field GeologyAAAAXAA*
GEOL 750 Geologic Evolution of EarthAAAXAXA*
University Student Learning OutcomesKnowledgeCritical thinkingCommunicationDiversityAcademic & professional integrity   
GEOL 502 MineralogyAAAXX   
GEOL 503 PetrologyAAAXX   
GEOL 520 Geomorphology AAAXX   
GEOL 581 Invertebrate Fossils AAAXX   
GEOL 530 Structural Geology AAAXX   
GEOL 560 Field MethodsAAAXX   
GEOL 615 Intro to GeochemistryAAAXX   
GEOL 640 Intro to GeophysicsAAAXX   
GEOL 630 Stratigraphy/SedimentologyAAAXX   
GEOL 680 Field GeologyAAAXX   
GEOL 750 Geologic Evolution of EarthAAAXX