Geography & Environmental Studies at Aquinas College

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Geography program will be able to:

SLO 1.1 Describe and analyze the distribution, processes, and linkages between the economy, culture, urbanization agriculture, politics, and language.

SLO 1.2 Describe and analyze the lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere.

SLO 1.3 Describe and analyze the interrelationships between landforms, weather, water, and ecosystems.

SLO 2.1 Read and interpret maps.

SLO 2.2 Design and construct maps.

SLO 2.3 Perform quantitative analysis and interpret results.

SLO 3.1 Compare and contrast how regions are defined in political, cultural, economic, and physical terms.

SLO 3.2 Describe and interpret how various factors influence the perception and use of regions.

SLO 4.1 Demonstrate and integrate an understanding of the scientific method.

SLO 4.2 Explain and critically evaluate research within the discipline.

SLO 4.3 Describe and apply basic measurement techniques used within the discipline.

SLO 4.4 Design, implement, and conclude a research project.

SLO 5.1 Write using appropriate spelling, grammar, and composition skills.

SLO 5.2 Construct and present professional-level presentations of their research.



The mission of the Geography and Environmental Studies Department at Aquinas College is to provide students with knowledge of geography and environmental studies befitting their goals: for the general education students that they understand basic tenets of physical geography, human geography, and/or environmental studies; for the education certification students that they obtain the content knowledge necessary for their teaching careers; and for the geography and environmental studies majors that they possess the knowledge and skills necessary for them to succeed in their post-baccalaureate careers.