Geology 498

GEOL 498

Catalog Entry

GEOL 498. Independent Study
Credit Hours (1-6).

Prerequisite: Any one of the following: GEOL 105; and either GEOL 100 or GEOL 106 or BIOL 102

See "Independent Study" in current catalog.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

Independent Study courses are offered by several departments and are designed to permit students to investigate independently specific problems or areas of interest under the direction of a faculty adviser.


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

An Independent Study course must be approved by the appropriate department curriculum committee and chairperson prior to the deadline for adding courses in the term in which the study is to be undertaken. Independent Study courses may be taken either on a pass-fail basis or for a letter grade. No student may apply more than six hours of credit for Independent Study toward graduation requirements.

A student taking an Independent Study course for honors credit may receive a letter grade for it, providing permission has been received from the director of Honors Programs before registering for the course.

A faculty member may offer a maximum of six credit hours of Independent Study per semester.


Goals and Objectives of Course

Specific student outcomes will vary with the subject matter each time the course is offered. The general goals are:

- students will demonstrate a mastery of knowledge concerning the topic chosen for study
- students will show skills in the use of the geologic literature and in the writing of a proper scientific report.


Assessment Measures

The supervising professor will be responsible for evaluating the success of the project. Exact measures will vary with the professor and chosen topic. The most typical assessment measures would be graded specimen collections or experimental data and a written report discussing data and conclusions regarding the topic of study.


Other Course Information



Approval and Subsequent Reviews

Date Action Approved By
August 2005 Reviewed and Updated Stephen W. Lenhart, Chair