Learning Outcomes and Field Safety

General Learning Outcomes

While the specific learning objectives for each course differ as a function of content, all courses maintain common objectives. After successful completion of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences field curriculum, students will be able to:

  1. Work, plan, and communicate effectively in teams whether in person or remotely; 
  2. Design and implement a strategy for conducting field-oriented research or analyzing available field data from various sources (images, geophysical data, drill core);
  3. Anticipate and work through problems in the field safely and reliably;
  4. Develop and test hypotheses based on observations in the field and of images;
  5. Work with ambiguity: be able to formulate and test multiple working hypotheses, revising as necessary based on continued data collection; 
  6. Collect, manage, and analyze data; and communicate results in written, graphical, and oral delivery formats.

Field Safety

Field safety is our number one priority. This includes safety while working in nature as well as safety from harassment of any kind. It is our goal to provide a safe, inclusive learning environment for all students and instructional staff. With regard to field safety, students will learn how to complete a site safety analysis - identifying hazards and risks associated with working in nature. The goal of this exercise is to increase student self-awareness and self-efficacy in the outdoors. [HOPEFULLY MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SAFETY, PERHAPS ON SAFETY SITE SCOTT CREATES?]