Document Type

Program Change

Publication Date

Spring 2010


1 KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2009-2010 ACADEMIC PROGRAM PROPOSAL FORM NOTE: Please review the Senate Curriculum Committee Guidelines for instructions on completing proposal form. (refer to pages 4 - 5 for proposal details) DATE OF SUBMISSION: 3-1-10 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: Geology Chair: Peter A. Nielsen PROPOSAL SPONSOR: Peter A. Nielsen Steve Bill Sally Jean Geology Geology Science Education PROPOSED ACTION: Underline or bold face proposed changes. Program addition Change in requirements* Program redesign Program deletion Other: *Please note that changes pertaining to admission requirements for a major require approval of the Senate Academic Standards Committee. CURRENT PROGRAM: N/A PROPOSED PROGRAM: B.A. EARTH/SPACE SCIENCE This program is designed to prepare candidates for teaching Earth/Space science in grades 7 12. In addition to meeting all of the degree requirements set by Keene State College (Earth/Space, education, and integrative studies) this program will result in certification for secondary school teaching by the state of New Hampshire in a nationally recognized Science Education program. Graduates of this program will possess the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful secondary teachers who can fill the critical shortage area in this teaching area not only in New England, but across the country. 2 INTEGRATIVE STUDIES PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS 44 credits Specific requirements for Integrative Studies can be found in the appropriate section of the Catalog. In addition, asterisked (*) courses listed in the following Major Requirements section are required for the major and may be applied toward the Natural Sciences and Foundations component of the Integrative Studies requirements. Major Requirements Sixty (60) credits including courses applied to Integrative Studies. Please note that students seeking certification at the secondary level in Earth and Space Science should refer to the Secondary Education option in the Education major section of the Catalog for a list of additional course requirements. INGEOL 151 Physical Geology GEOL 206 Oceanography GEOL 252 Evolution of the Earth GEOL 301 Mineralogy GEOL 305 Paleontology GEOL 306 Sedimentation and Stratigraphy GEOL 315 Environmental Geology INMET 225 Meteorology INCHEM 111 General Chemistry I and Lab * CHEM 112 General Chemistry II and Lab INPHYS 141 College Physics I * BIO 111 Evolution Math 141 Statistics * One of the following Astronomy courses: INASTR 107 Introduction to Astronomy ASTR 307 University Astronomy One of the following Mathematics courses: Math 120 Algebra & Trigonometry Math 130 Precalculus Math 151 Calculus I Total 126 credits 3 Four Year Proposed Schedule For Earth and Space Science BA Dual Major with Secondary Certification 1st year: Fall Semester Spring Semester ___ INCHEM 111 (IN) 4 ___CHEM 112 4 ___ MATH 141 (QL) 4 ___MATH 120/130/151 4 ___ INGEOL 151 (Phys.) 4 ___EDUC 100 (Found.) 2 ___ITW 4 ___GEOL 252 (Evol.) 4 ___IS (Geography)* 4 16 cr 18 cr 2nd year or 3rd year: This is for the even Fall, odd Spring year following the 1st year Fall Semester Spring Semester ___INPHYS 141 (College) 4 ___GEOL 206 (Ocean.) 4 ___GEOL 315 (Envir.) 4 ___II* 4 ___IS* 4 ___BIO 111 (Evolution) 4 ___EDUC 231 (Diver.) 4 ___IH (US Hist.)* 4 16 cr 16 cr 3rd or 2nd year: This is for the odd Fall, even Spring year following the 1st year Fall Semester Spring Semester ___GEOL 301(Fall, odd Mineral.) 4 ___ASTR 101/307 4 ___GEOL 306 (Sed.. odd) 4 ___GEOL 305 (Paleo, even) 4 ___EDUC 331(Meth I) 4 ___MET 225 4 ___IH or IA* 4 ___EDUC332 (Management) 2 ___EDSP 333 (Spec.Ed.) 2 16 cr 16 cr 4th year: Fall Semester Spring Semester ___IH (Literature) 4 ___ED 431 (Meth II) 4 ___EDUC 400 Stud. Teach) 12 ___ED 432 (Theory) 4 ___IA (Fine Art)* 4 16 cr 12 cr Total Credits: 126 *Two ISP courses must be ≥300 level 4 PROGRAM OBJECTIVES AND /OR LEARNING OUTCOMES: GEOLOGY DEPARTMENT GOALS & LEARNING OUTCOMES Desired Learning Outcomes We want our students to understand the workings of the natural world and the process of science, to be able to read, observe and think critically, reason quantitatively, undertake research, and communicate effectively—in other words, to engage in the scientific process. We would like geology and Integrative Studies students to acquire, to different degrees, the following: Knowledge of: * the methods and history of scientific inquiry as an approach to observing and thinking about the world around us; * internal and surficial Earth processes, of descriptions of major Earth systems, and of the history of the Earth; * Earth materials and resources, through the study and interpretation of rocks and their constituent minerals, with an understanding of fundamental relationships between chemical composition, mineralogy, rock-type, tectonic setting, and global biogeochemical cycling; * environmental issues related to earth processes, materials and systems; * environmental monitoring methods; * laboratory methods used in geology; * the contributions of geology to society; and * the vocabulary of geology, both verbal and visual (i.e., map representations). And the ability to: *take accurate and complete notes in the field; * use the methods of scientific inquiry, with practice in the skills of observation, analysis, problem solving and critical thinking; * work cooperatively in teams; * use computers in addressing quantitative problems, in managing and analyzing large datasets, and in preparing maps, graphs, illustrations and figures for scientific reports; * identify fossils, minerals, and rocks and their origins; * recognize and map bodies of rock exposed in the field and from imagery; * correlate bodies of rock from surface and subsurface information and recognize spatial relationships; * effectively use subsurface data and integrate it with surface data; * interpret geologic structures, age sequences, geologic histories, and conditions of formation; * find, review, and comprehend appropriate scientific literature; * think and visualize in 3 (spatial) and 4 (space & time) dimensions, over a wide range of length and time scales (atomic to universal, instantaneous to forever); * reason quantitatively, and to apply quantitative approaches in problem solving and scientific investigation; * effectively communicate scientific information and ideas in writing, orally, and visually; * apply current technology and theories; and * think critically, define problems, quantify parameters and provide solutions; Program Content & Organization Overview Geology is the study of the Earth and its environs. It is primarily concerned with deciphering the processes which have operated on and within the Earth in the past, shaping and forming the Earth as we know it today. Geologists study the Earth’s past history, as well as present- day processes acting on the Earth, in order to better understand what the future might hold for us. The Earth really is a dynamic, “happening” place, with continual and complex interaction among the Earth’s many systems, including those of the geosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere, as well as the biosphere and the external solar system. The relationships of these Earth processes to humankind are at the core of many contemporary issues. A full understanding of the Earth system and its processes requires an interdisciplinary approach based on detailed field observations and including the collection, interpretation, and application of quantitative data. This degree program goes beyond the core Geology content and includes coursework in Oceanography, Meteorology and Astronomy and is designed for students that intend to have a career in secondary education or in fields where a broad earth and space science background is needed. Goals & Objectives The goal of the Geology BA program is to teach students about the methods of scientific inquiry and about the Earth, its materials, processes and systems, and thus about appropriate stewardship of the Earth and its resources. We wish to develop in students an appreciation for the uniqueness of our home planet and foster their wonder of the natural world. Specific objectives include: 1. Supporting the College’s Integrative Studies program, and other professional fields directly involved with the Earth (including but not limited to Education and Environmental Studies). 2. Preparing enthusiastic geoscientists for rewarding careers in industry, government, and teaching, and for continued study. 3. Providing opportunities for professional growth, for both students and faculty, especially through research. In particular, we would like to involve all our students in level-appropriate, student-centered, inquiry-based, active participatory learning experiences that engage them in authentic scientific process. Relationship to College Mission As part of its mission, KSC promotes strong relationships among students and faculty that emphasize creative and critical thinking, scholarship and research, and a passion for learning, with a commitment to service. Our efforts in Geology are entirely consistent with this mission. The nature of our program, particularly our emphasis on field work, certainly promotes strong relationships among students and faculty. As a broadly-based science, we naturally emphasize creative and critical thinking, particularly with long-term and global-scale perspectives. Our faculty engage students in scientific inquiry (i.e. scholarship and research), which inspires a passion for learning. Our concern for stewardship of the environment fosters a commitment to service. Relationship to General Education Our goal (above) is really to promote the general education of students broadly in the methods of science, specifically as applied to the study of our home planet. Thus we address, in part, the following Outcomes for Integrative Studies at KSC (Senate Document 99/00-23): * general knowledge of the natural world; * knowledge and skills necessary to engage as an informed and involved citizen in a democratic society; * an ability to communicate effectively with others both orally and in writing (to the extent that writing and presentations might be part of our courses, and an important part of the scientific process); * an ability to read critically and effectively; * an ability to reason quantitatively; * an ability to think critically and creatively; * fundamental research skills (to the extent that research is expected in our courses). Within the Geology curriculum, we emphasize the integration of detailed field observations (albeit mostly qualitative in nature) with ��big picture” tectonic and earth-system syntheses. We also seek to provide progressive course-based research experiences preparing our majors for independent and student-faculty cooperative research. RATIONALE: Current NH Standards for secondary certification in Earth and Space Sciences requires students to complete the BS in Geology and take additional coursework including Astronomy, Meteorology and Oceanography. Many of the upper-level courses required for the BS in Geology are not required to teach secondary earth and space sciences – they are designed to prepare students to enter into the ranks of professional geologists or to be able to succeed in graduate work. Updated 29 April 2008 6 6 The present BS in Geology program requires a minimum of 10 semesters in order for students to complete the major and also complete the coursework in education. The Geology Program has designed the BA in Geology program to address the curriculum needed to prepare students for secondary certification in the Earth and Space Sciences that can be completed in 8 semesters including student teaching. This program will attract a number of students to Keene State College who can then move into the public school system and provide students with important coursework that will help students better understand the growing range of issues related to earth and environmental problems RESOURCES: Indicate whether additional staffing, facilities, and/or equipment will be required No additional resources are required. ADVISORY OPINIONS: Education, including Secondary Education Committee Chemistry Physics Biology Mathematics Updated 29 April 2008 7 7 Advisory Opinions Education From: McLoughlin, Shirley Sent: Wednesday, March 10, 2010 3:22 PM To: Jean, Sally Hi Dr. Jean – The advisory vote from the Education department for the B.A. in Earth Space Science proposal was Yes – 15, No – 0, Abstained – 0, Absent 9. Shirley Wade McLoughlin, Ph.D. Education Department Chair Keene State College Keene, New Hampshire ________________________________________________________________________ Mathematics Department Advisory Opinion: B.A. Earth/Space Science Curriculum Proposal The Mathematics Department endorses the proposal to create a B.A. in Earth/Space Science. The rationale provided in the proposal is sound. We applaud the efforts to develop a program that will better provide for the needs of prospective Earth and Space Science secondary teachers and permit these students to graduate within eight, rather than ten, semesters. We are also assuming that a student who has earned AP Calculus credit would have met the requirement of taking one of MATH 120, 130, or 151. ________________________________________________________________________ Secondary Education Committee The advisory vote from the Secondary Education Committee for the B.A. in Earth/Space Science proposal was 9 For, 0 Against, 1 Abstain (me, my proposal). ________________________________________________________________________ Physics From: Wolf, Frederick Sent: Monday, March 08, 2010 3:33 PM To: Jean, Sally Subject: RE: BA Earth/Space Science Hello Sally, I polled my faculty (ME, Steven Harfenist, Gerald Mazza and Keith Goodale) all the full timers And we are giving the proposed BA in Earth /Space Science 4 affirmative votes. We were , shall we say, SAD not to see the second semester of college Physics required Since that would give an almost complete survey of the Universe to the student. But, we do understand that a 60 credit major plus the teaching degree is enormous In work and time and requirements, Frederick


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