Hydrogeology B.S. Assessment Plan

Mission Statement

The Department of Geological Sciences 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 resources. The Hydrogeology Bachelor's of Science Degree Program offers a broad yet rigorous interdisciplinary foundation of technical, analytical, logical thinking and problem solving skills, as well basic and applied knowledge in water resources as they apply to subsurface resources. The curriculum draws upon courses taught within the Department, as well as courses from the engineering and agricultural sciences to provide students with the skills necessary to succeed 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.
  • Same for each Performance Indicators

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, Ground Water Hydrology (GE 484) and Field Camp (GEOL 451).
  • Students, during their internships, are required to submit short written summary of their experience. A report by the faculty/employer is also submitted.
Assessment Method
  • Faculty will report each semester on the performance goals met by students in each undergraduate course at the sophomore level and above, using a standard skills-list reporting form. These data will be assembled and assessed by the Department.
  • The Curriculum/Assessment Committee will assess the participation and skills evident at posters presented by majors at the College-wide poster session.
  • 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 Ground Water Hydrology (GE 484) and Field Camp (GEOL 451, major capstone). Faculty advisor will assess student written reports in GE 484 and GEOL 451.
  • Faculty advisor or employer will assess internship reports and student written reports in GE 484 and GEOL 451.

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

Student Performance Indicators
  • Faculty observation of student skills during the major's capstone course (GEOL 451 - Field Camp) and Ground Water Hydrology (GE 484)
  • Post graduate employment or post graduate study
  • Employer's report of student activity during internships
Assessment Method
  • All graduates of the baccalaureate program will successfully complete the 6-week Field Camp (GEOL 451); the major's capstone course and Ground Water Hydrology (GE 484). Student's faculty advisor or internship faculty/employer will provide the Curriculum/ Assessment Committee with an evaluation of the students' level of professional skill in these courses.
  • Alumni and their employers or graduate advisors will be interviewed by the Curriculum/Assessment Committee
  • Student's faculty advisor or internship faculty/employer will provide the Assessment Coordinator with an evaluation of students' level of professional skill.