Students graduating with a MS in Earth Sciences (Geology, Geochemical Systems, or Ocean Mapping focus) should be able to:
- Demonstrate a foundation of knowledge in Geology, Geochemical Systems, or Ocean Mapping that results in expertise in at least one of the following:
• Solid Earth Processes: An understanding of geology, geophysics, or petrology at a range of timescales, focused on, for example, the structure of the Earth, plate tectonic reconstructions, seismology and earthquake hazards, magmatic, volcanic, or metamorphic processes, or other studies that allow for the reconstruction of geologic, geophysical, or petrologic processes at a range of spatial and time scales.
• Earth Surface Processes: An understanding of surficial processes and their manifestations in the geologic record at a range of timescales, focused on, for example, sedimentary and glacial geology, paleontology, geomorphology and landscape evolution, limnology, and paleoclimatology.
• Geochemical Processes and Elemental Cycles on Earth: An understanding of the chemistry and chemical interactions in the Earth’s mantle, crust, or on the surface of the Earth in terrestrial or aquatic environments or in the atmosphere focused on, for example, biogeochemical processes that govern the distribution and cycling of elements and nutrients, processes that add and remove elements in various environments, or the chemical transformations and exchanges between the atmosphere, oceans, and solid Earth at a range of timescales.
• Ocean Mapping Technology and Applications: An understanding of the physics sound in the ocean, focused on, for example, applications in hydrography to determine the configuration of the bottoms and adjacent land areas of oceans, lakes, rivers, harbors, and other water areas, and the tides (or water levels) and currents that occur in those bodies of water, and ocean mapping to determine subsea geomorphology, geologic characterization of the seabed, and mapping of living resources and habitats.
- Demonstrate basic knowledge of how the processes within each of these fields interact with other related disciplines.
- Demonstrate specialized knowledge of a field within geology, geophysics, geochemistry, or ocean mapping sufficient to conduct substantive supervised research.
Research Methods and Analysis
- Identify and demonstrate knowledge of a range of qualitative and quantitative methodologies typically used in geology, geophysics, geochemistry, or ocean mapping research and critically read research that uses these methods.
- Discover and critically read published research in the Earth sciences and related fields of Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.
- Frame empirical research and/or theory guided by prior knowledge.
- Implement a rigorous study using appropriate methods, measures and techniques.
- Critically evaluate and systematically analyze data to reach appropriate findings and interpretations Research Independence.
- Develop and implement directed research projects that meets high standards of theoretical and methodological rigor Scholarly Communication.
- Structure a coherent argument that rigorously presents and evaluates evidence to support claims.
- Review and cogently synthesize relevant literature.
- Write at a level and in a style of English consistent with that found in leading academic journals.
- Understand and properly use styles of citing, referencing, and formatting found in leading academic journals.
- Clearly convey research findings through oral presentation supported by appropriate digital media.
- Cogently summarize research and its significance to non-specialist audiences Professionalism and Pedagogy.
- Prepare manuscripts that meet the standards of academic and research journals and respond appropriately to recommendations for revision.
- When demanded, demonstrate collaboration, leadership and teamwork through participation in research teams and lab groups.
- Make effective contributions to university, community and professional service • Communicate effectively to groups in a lecture format.