The mission of the Geology Department is to develop well-rounded geologists, and to serve Muskingum University and the broader community by supporting the development of student’s critical thinking skills that will help them to lead productive, satisfying and socially responsible lives. The primary goal of the department is to train geologists in the traditional subfields of geology. Geology majors should be well versed in soft-rock and hard-rock geology and have well developed field techniques.
The department recognizes the following learning objectives for geology majors:
- Students will learn to identify sedimentary rocks, be familiar with sedimentary structures, sedimentary environments and the principles of stratigraphy
- Students will learn to identify igneous and metamorphic rocks and be familiar with the chemical and physical principles associated with their formation and description
- Students will be familiar with various field and mapping techniques, different types of geologic structures and the principles of plate tectonics.
In addition, the department supports the broad objectives of the Liberal Arts Essentials by developing, in non-major students, skills in perception, analysis and a scientific appreciation and understanding of the Earth and the environment.