Student Learning Outcomes


Goal 1:  The Department’s graduates should understand and analyze spatial relationships.

  • Outcome 1.1: They will understand and interpret the distribution, processes, and linkages between the economy, culture, urbanization, agriculture,  politics, and language.
  • Outcome 1.2:  They will understand and interpret the lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere.
  • Outcome 1.3: They will understand and interpret the interrelationships between landforms, weather, water, and ecosystems.

Goal 2:  The Department’s graduates should use basic geography tools and techniques.

  • Outcome 2.1: They will be able to read and interpret maps.
  • Outcome 2.2: They will be able to construct maps.
  • Outcome 2.3: They will be able to perform quantitative analysis and interpret the results.

Goal 3:  The Department’s graduates should understand, analyze, and compare/contrast global regions.

  • Outcome 3.1: They will compare and contrast how regions are defined in political, cultural, economic, and physical terms.
  • Outcome 3.2: They will understand how various factors influence the perception and use of regions.

Goal 4:  The Department’s graduates should be able to read and understand research literature and engage in productive research activities.

  • Outcome 4.1: They will demonstrate and integrate an understanding of the scientific method.
  • Outcome 4.2: They will explain and critically evaluate research within the discipline.
  • Outcome 4.3: They will understand and apply basic measurement techniques used within the discipline.
  • Outcome 4.4: They will design and implement a research plan.

Goal 5:  The Department’s graduates should demonstrate professional communication skills.

  • Outcome 5.1: They will write using appropriate spelling, grammar, and composition skills.
  • Outcome 5.2: They will construct and present professional-level presentations of their research.