Mission Statement

Mission Statement
The mission of the Department of Earth Science is to instruct, to conduct scholarly inquiry, and to inform the general public about astronomy, geology, meteorology, oceanography, hydrology, and environmental science and the methods for educating in these areas. To achieve this, the Department offers courses for the Liberal Arts Core Program and provides comprehensive undergraduate majors in Earth Science, Earth Science Teaching, and Environmental Science.   In addition, minors are offered in Earth Science, and Earth Science Teaching. These majors all include significant experiential learning components that enhance students' understanding of the Earth and its processes. The Department also contributes to graduate and undergraduate programs in Science Education, and has a strong commitment to public outreach and service to the community.

Program Goals and Objectives

The Department of Earth Science has the following goals:

  1. Maintain instructional excellence
    1. Maintain excellence of undergraduate major programs
    2. Maintain quality contributions to UNI’s Liberal Arts Core Program
    3. Maintain quality contributions to the University’s Teacher Education Program
    4. Develop and maintain selected programs for national visibility
  2. Maintain and improve opportunities for student participation and professional growth
  3. Maintain and improve opportunities for faculty development and professional growth
  4. Maintain and improve communications within the University community
  5. Maintain and improve opportunities for outreach to the communities both within and beyond the University
  6. Maintain and improve the space required for the teaching, research, and service needs of a growing department
  7. Increase use of technologies where appropriate
  8. Maintain and upgrade facilities and equipment

Spring 2014