Majors and Minors
Students will work towards developing critical-thinking skills and mastery of the scientific method within the STEM field by improving and practicing their writing, practical/laboratory, and oral-presentation skills. Students will also learn and apply critical geoscience content and technical knowledge and collect/interpret data in both the field and laboratory settings. The required core courses will provide the knowledge of the Earth and planetary sciences needed to critically evaluate scientific issues discussed in the media and for students to succeed in geoscience careers.
Students taking Geological Sciences classes for the general science requirement should develop an appreciation of critical thinking and the scientific method, including hypothesis testing. Students should appreciate the importance of earth sciences in understanding of the physical, social, and economic resources and history of our planet. One example: We would expect that any student successfully completing our courses should be able to critically evaluate scientific issues in earth systems discussed in the popular press.