Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
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Student learning outcomes for the BA and BS degrees in Earth Sciences include:

  • Can explain process-based linkages among tectonics, climate, and life as illustrated by the Earth system over time; can relate general patterns in the history of the earth system using rocks and fossils 
  • Can identify and describe the major rock-forming minerals and relate the origin of the three major rock types
  • Can infer depositional processes and environments from field and lab observations of sedimentary systems
  • Can describe tectonic controls in Earth’s crust and expressions of plate tectonics including faults and folds
  • Can effectively synthesize published literature related to earth science in a written report
  • Can prepare and deliver effective oral presentations 
  • Can competently represent, manipulate, and interpret scientific data


The rubrics for undergraduate Earth Sciences students in our core courses (EAR 210, 314, 317, and 333) are below:

Undergraduate Writing Rubric

Undergraduate Presentation Rubric

Undergraduate Quantitative Analysis Rubric

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