2019-2020 Geology (BS) Assessment Plan

Assessment Year: 2019-2020
School: Arts and Sciences
Department: Earth and Physical Sciences
Program: Geology (BS)
Department Chair: tpaglione
Department Assessment Coordinator: jpopp
Program Coordinator: nkhandaker
Completed by: nkhandaker
Other Contributors:
Date Completed:2019/12/12 17:55:00 US/Eastern

Program Mission

Geology is a dynamic discipline, intimately related to the proper management of earth resources and the human environment. The program prepares the student to function upon graduation as a professional geologist or to continue studies at the graduate level. In addition, geology majors may prepare for careers as high-school science teachers or as specialists in the field of environmental protection. Knowledge of the earth has assumed critical importance because of the imminent depletion of many natural resources and the rapid deterioration of the physical environment. Demand for fossil fuels, metals, and industrial minerals, and the development of alternative sources of energy; have opened excellent job opportunities for graduates with a Geology degree. In addition, Federal and State environmental regulations are requiring more geological information than ever before. Oil and mining companies, consulting firms, federal, state and city agencies employ our graduates at present. The objectives of the geology curriculum are to provide the student with a scientific understanding of earth materials, their properties, arrangement, and distribution, as well as the dynamic processes that affect them; the historical dimension of the earth and its inhabitants, the evolutionary processes that shaped them; the geologists role in the proper planning for use of earth resources and the maintenance of the quality of the environment.

Assessment Plan

Outcome 1

Program Goal

Assess geosciences content knowledge as applied to their own continuing education and professional development.

Program Student Learning Outcome

PSLO 3.3 Demonstrate a capacity for self evaluation of personal skills and needs.

Alignment with York’s Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

Self-Reflection and Accountability - Reflect on their learning, identify challenges, create a plan to meet the challenges, and improve decision-making.

Alignment with MSCHE Standard III Competencies

Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning

From which course(s), section(s) will you collect student artifacts?

Geol 211

Sample Size



Oral Presentations and Short Reading Response Papers.

Measure Type



At least 80% score B and above.

Rationale for the Plan

To demonstrate a capacity for self evaluation of personal skills and needs, students are required to gain a clear understanding of working in unfamiliar and unknown territories. Following the statement "A geologist should describe an area as though no one will ever have a chance to revisit it (G.K Gilbert)" one can easily link with tools needed for building self confidence and personal growth to become a competent geologist. Geol 211 being a gateway core course with an overwhelming emphasis on observational and communication skills, the necessity for having solid foundation base possessing critical thinking and multiple working hypotheses skills is of utmost consideration in the geoscience program.

Data Collection and Evaluation

Geol 211 Field Reports; Geologic Cross-section, Field Notebooks, Geologic maps, Strata Logs, in-class Lab reports. February-April (2020) Nazrul Khandaker & Malek Shami

Tabulation of Data & Statistical Analysis May-June (2020) Malek Shami

Students presentation in National Conference (s), posters/oral presentations, attendees feedback, July-October (2020) Nazrul Khandaker & Malek Shami

Final Program Assessment Report Preparation November-December (2020) Nazrul Khandaker