DEPARTMENT GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
GOAL 1: Provide geology majors with a strong background in the geological sciences and in supporting sciences.
- Ability to identify minerals and rocks and to understand and interpret how they form.
- Understanding and appreciation of tectonic forces and their large and small scale effects.
- Ability to make field observations, to make and interpret geologic maps and cross-sections, and to construct stratigraphic sections.
- Understanding and appreciation of geologic time and the fossil record.
- Understanding of the regional geology of California and North America.
- Understanding of related science disciplines including physics, chemistry, biology and math.
GOAL 2: Educate students regarding the basic methods and philosophy used to conduct scientific research, particularly in the geological sciences.
- Ability to collect and analyze geologic data and draw conclusions to solve geologic problems in both the lab and the field.
- Be involved in research under the direction of faculty who are active researchers, thus gaining practical experience in how research is done.
GOAL 3: Help students to develop effective communication skills
- Ability to clearly express ideas in writing.
- Ability to clearly express ideas orally.
GOAL 4: Provide students with an opportunity to become familiar with the use of modern scientific instruments.
- Ability to use instruments for collecting field data, such as surveying instruments, Global Positioning System Transceivers, Brunton Transits, Jacob's Staffs.
- Ability to use laboratory instruments and equipment, such as an X-ray diffraction instrument, petrographic microscopes, the Scanning Electron Microscope, Transmission Electron Microscope, thin-sectioning equipment and other rock preparation equipment.
- Ability to use standard software and to process geologic data on computers.
GOAL 5: Encourage students to develop intellectual independence and to develop skills that will assist them in continuing to learn after graduating.
- Select and develop a research topic.
- Effectively utilize information resources, including scientific journals, geologic databases, and resources available on the Internet.