The learning goals for the bachelor of science
programs offered through the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
are based on the objective of producing geoscience graduates trained to
pursue successful, rewarding careers that utilize the degree earned.
The key learning goals are:
- Exposure to the nature of science and basic scientific principles through the study of the earth and
- Mastery of conceptual frameworks for understanding the spatial and temporal aspects of Earth features
- Development of
scientific literacy and enhanced critical thinking skills necessary to become self-directed
learners through exposure to complex, open-ended geoscience and
environmental science problems.
- Acquisition of the skills necessary to investigate geoscience and environmental science problems
through observations and data acquisition in field and laboratory
settings and to perform hypothesis testing.
- Awareness of the unique environmental challenges of urban locations, such as the tristate area including
New Jersey, and the importance of resource sustainability.
- Acquisition of quantitative skills relevant to the geosciences and environmental sciences through the
collection, analysis, and synthesis of scientific data.
- Ability to effectively communicate results of geoscience and environmental science investigations
in both written and oral formats
- Preparation for graduate studies in earth or environmental sciences or entry-level employment in related
fields including resource exploration/development and