Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Looking to continue your studies remotely in a friendly and welcoming environment? Have some extra time on your hands and want to learn something new? Looking for that classroom feel while learning remotely, or maybe you need a class that fits your schedule? Look at the offerings from the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences with its mix of in-person-like synchronous courses as well as asynchronous courses to fit your schedule. Explore topics covering weather, climate change, geography/GIS, geology, environmental science and more!
What is a synchronous course? These are listed as SYNCH in the schedule. Synchronous courses are taught online, usually through video conferencing like above, and meet during the time on the schedule. These courses might be a good choice for students who need something on their calendar to keep them engaged in learning. Students will be able to interact live with the professor and other students in the course.
What is an asynchronous course? These are listed as ASYNCH in the schedule. These courses do not regularly meet at a given time, so students are able to work on the course materials on their own time within predetermined time frames. This might be a good choice for students who are good at learning independently or have an unreliable work schedule that might keep them from meeting regularly in a synchronous course, for example.
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The Applied Geology program is housed in the Earth and Atmospheric Science Department at the Metropolitan State University of Denver located on the Auraria campus in downtown Denver. The mission of the Applied Geology program is to prepare students for entry into geoscience careers or graduate programs by providing access to critical content knowledge, applicable skills, and modes of thought. The objective of the program is to integrate a strong background in geology with applicable hands-on training through laboratory and fieldwork and interpretive data assessment.
Geologists play an important role in identifying problems and finding solutions to an increased demand for energy and mineral resources, expansion of human activities into geologically hazardous areas, and other impacts to land, water, and air. Intimately involved in understanding geological processes of Earth, geologists are trained to investigate mountains, volcanoes, earthquakes, oceans, minerals, water, ancient life, oil, gas, precious metals, or even space. The Applied Geology degree (B.S.) combines coursework from multiple departments with a core of geology courses. This degree offers opportunities for national and international fieldwork, meaningful undergraduate research projects, and industry related internships.
Goals of the Program
- To build student’s knowledge base in geoscientific concepts, principles, and processes;
- To prepare and train students in field and laboratory technologies and techniques used in geoscientific investigation and interpretation;
- To develop competency in written and oral scientific communication and presentation;
- To construct habits of critical thinking and creative problem solving that lead to informed decision making, life-long learning, and leadership based on current scientific knowledge; and
- To prepare students for successful entry into career or graduate programs.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Identify and explain geoscientific concepts, principles, and processes.
- Apply appropriate field and laboratory geoscientific technologies and techniques.
- Demonstrate competency in scientific communication.
- Evaluate and interpret geoscientific information and data.