Geology B.S. Assessment Plan

Mission Statement

The Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering is committed to being nationally and internationally recognized at the forefront in geo-science and geo-engineering education and research and providing the state and national workforce with outstanding graduates having superior knowledge, skills and abilities for effective management of the Earth's non-renewable and environmental resources. As part of this mission, our goals are to provide an outstanding and current undergraduate curriculum in geology. This curriculum places emphasis on technical, analytical, logical thinking and problem solving skills, as well basic and applied knowledge in earth sciences and specific fields of expertise. Graduates with a Bachelors degree should be capable of succeeding in the workplace or as graduate students in geological sciences or related fields.

Program Outcomes

1. All graduates will be prepared for post graduate study or to secure employment in a field related to their undergraduate degree.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Student will indicate post-graduate activity through
    • exit interviews
    • Alumni interviews
    • Faculty advisor interviews
Assessment Method
  • The Geological Sciences Curriculum/Assessment Committee will assess the degree to which participating graduates report accomplishing this outcome.

2. All students in the program will complete the curriculum in a timely manner. Transfers from other UNR programs will be efficiently integrated into the program.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Student time to graduation
  • Exit Interviews
  • Graduates-to-majors ratio over time
  • Transfer-to-major data
Assessment Method
  • The Geological Sciences Curriculum/Assessment Committee will assess data supplied by the UNR databook, Arentz Center data, and student self-reporting
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Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will be able to demonstrate competence in oral and written communication skills including the ability to write and present independent research, and the ability to read and critically evaluate relevant geological literature.

Student Performance Indicators
  • All majors meet performance goals during course work.
  • Seniors present independent work through poster sessions each spring.
  • Student/faculty joint publications
  • Student written reports completed during field internship and/or capstone Field Camp (GEOL451)
  • Student internships require a short written summary by the student, and a report by the faculty/employer
Assessment Method
  • Faculty will report each semester on the performance goals met by students in each undergraduate course at sophomore level and above, using a standard skills-list reporting form. These data will be assembled and assessed by the Department.
  • Students' faculty advisor will assess each senior thesis.
  • The Curriculum/Assessment Committee will assess the number of papers published by faculty with undergraduate co-authors.
  • All graduates of the baccalaureate program will successfully complete GEOL 451 Field Camp (major capstone).
  • Faculty advisor or employer will assess internship reports

2. Students will be able to demonstrate critical thinking and reasoning as part of their professional skills.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Post graduate employment or post graduate study
  • Faculty observation of student skills during the major's capstone course (GEOL 451 - Field Camp)
  • Student written reports completed for internship
  • Employer's report of student activity during internships.
Assessment Method
  • Alumni and their employers or graduate advisors will be interviewed.
  • Student's faculty advisor or internship faculty/employer will provide the Curriculum/ Assessment Committee with an evaluation of the students' level of professional skill
  • All graduates of the baccalaureate program will successfully complete the 6-week Field Camp (GEOL 451) major's capstone course.
  • Student's faculty advisor or internship faculty/employer will provide the Curriculum/ Assessment Committee with an evaluation of the students' level of professional skill.