Upon completion of Second Year Earth Science a student should:

 

GEOL Courses Covered

Know

Explain the basic physical and chemical controls on mineral formation and mineral properties

200

Explain how geologic structures are formed (Basic knowledge goal(s) from 202)

202

(Basic knowledge goal(s) from 201)

201

Test a hypothesis using simple geologic data sets

201, 202, 206

Use discipline-appropriate terminology in communications

200, 201, 202, 206

(Other?)

 

Do

Identify at least 40 common types of minerals by using appropriate tools to test their physical properties

200

Identify at least 15 minerals in thin section by using the polarizing light microscope to test their optical properties

200

Use a compass to measure geologic structures with proficiency

202, 206

Identify, measure and interpret geologic structures

202, 206

Navigate in the field using a compass, GPS, topographic maps, and air photos

206

Photograph and/or sketch geologic features in the field

201, 202, 206

Compare field observations with those of peers and instructors to determine whether they saw the same (or different) rocks and features (Tim scratched this out?)

206

Plot geologic data and UTM and/or latitude-longitude coordinates on paper and digital

206

Summarize geologic data by creating simple charts in Excel (or equivalent)

206

Present field observations or literature research to their peers and instructors in oral presentations or technical posters, making use of appropriate visual aids and appropriate technology (i.e. Powerpoint or equivalent)

200

Write clear, tidy, detailed and comprehensible field notes

206

Write a simple, but clearly organized (i.e. headings) geological data report, with clearly defined objectives, summary of background research (primary literature?), observations, and interpretations

200

Research a topic using library search tools to access primary literature

200

Value

Appreciate the importance of earth materials to human society

200

Demonstrate enthusiasm for learning in the classroom and the field

200, 206

Demonstrate a willingness to engage in new learning and social experiences, especially on field trips

200, 206

Demonstrate time management skills and reasonable work ethic when collaborating with others on projects

(206?)

Demonstrate safe field practices

206

Engage in respectful communications with peers during collaborative projects

200, 206

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