Department Learning Goals


EOS Majors will:

  1. Gain fluency within and ability to integrate among earth systems by focusing on surface earth processes, solid earth processes, and oceans.

  2. Observe records and interpret processes in time and space

    1. from the surface of Earth to the core
    2. from atomic to global spatial scales
    3. from instantaneous to billion-year time scales

  3. Describe components and their relationships and behaviors within systems (e.g. pools, flows, and feedbacks).

  4. Recognize and communicate the connections between earth systems and society including human impacts on the earth, natural hazards and earth’s resources.

  5. Learn and apply Earth and Oceanographic Science methods including:

    1. Asking questions/defining hypotheses
    2. Making field and laboratory-based observations
    3. Collecting and analyzing data
    4. Mapping
    5. Graphing
    6. Modeling
    7. Understanding uncertainty
    8. Reading and synthesizing literature
    9. Communicating: writing/presentation

  6. Transition from guided to self-driven and reflective learning.

  7. Work collaboratively with peers who may have varied backgrounds and skill sets.