Earth and Planetary Sciences

Program Learning Outcomes


  • Apply the fundamental principles of geology, mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology to address geological issues.
  • Identify common Earth materials at all spatial scales.
  • Describe the origin of the solar system and Earth and be able to understand our planet in comparison with other planets. 
  • Comprehend the 4.6 billion year history of Earth and the evolution of the solid earth, the cryosphere, the hydrosphere and the atmosphere.
  • Understand the chronology of life on Earth and the fundamentals of biologic evolution.
  • Describe the origin and distribution of resources such as water, minerals and energy.
  • Be aware of natural hazards, their impact on civilization and efforts at mitigation.
  • View Earth as a dynamic system of solid, liquid, gaseous and living components, connected through the cycling of matter and energy.
  • Recognize the relatively recent arrival of humans on the Earth and their disproportionate impact on the planet.
  • Understand how science works via inquiry, observation, verification, reason and critical thinking.
  • Synthesize and communicate their knowledge of geological concepts through written, oral and graphical representation.
  • Apply the tenets of professional, ethical and responsible conduct as geoscientists.