Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Assessment

Department Goals

  1. Major programs in geology, hydrology, meteorology, and earth and space science teaching shall effectively prepare students for productive careers in the earth and atmospheric sciences and for continued study at the graduate level.
  2. The department is dedicated to providing an excellent learning environment for students through the use and assessment of a variety of learning experiences including formal class work; laboratory and field work, learning through peer interaction, undergraduate research, and internships, while always being open to new and improved forms of learning.
  3. The department will develop and maintain curricula that conform to or exceed accepted professional standards in geology, hydrology, meteorology, and earth and space science teaching.
  4. The department will seek to create in students an understanding and appreciation of the interdisciplinary foundation of the earth and atmospheric sciences, of the global character of earth and atmospheric systems and processes, and of the interaction of earth and atmospheric processes with the human condition.
  5. EAS students will be expected to achieve an appropriate level of technical expertise in their field of study, to understand and appreciate the underlying issues of their field, and to understand the impact these issues have on human endeavors.
  6. Connections and collaborations with industry, government, and other education institutions will be sought to expand and enrich the learning opportunities of our students.
  7. The department shall foster a mentoring environment that supports faculty initiatives in improving teaching effectiveness, scholarly achievement, research, professional improvement, and service contributions to students and the wider community.

Student Learning Outcomes

April 2006

  1. Communication Skills: Students will effectively convey meteorological information in both spoken and written form at appropriate level for the audience.
    1. Students will synthesize meteorological information and effectively communicate it in an oral presentation.
    2. Students will synthesize meteorological information and present it in written form, following accepted meteorological publication format.
  2. Scientific Reasoning: Students will synthesize the scientific method and apply it to new research.
    1. Students will demonstrate understanding of the scientific method.
    2. Students will discern the proper application of the scientific method in research summaries.
    3. Students will assimilate technical information from the meteorological literature.
  3. Technical Competence: Students will be able to apply atmospheric theory and the limitations of common observations to the current or new weather situations.
    1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of atmospheric theory.
    2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the accuracy and precision of common atmospheric measurements.
    3. Students will apply atmospheric theory and its limits and the accuracy of common measurements to atmospheric conditions.
  4. Computer Literacy: Students will demonstrate the ability to both use and implement software for meteorological applications.
    1. Students will demonstrate the ability to apply software commonly used in meteorological applications or research (i.e., GEMPAK, a statistical analysis package, etc.).
    2. Students will demonstrate the ability write and implement software in order to solve a meteorological problem.

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