We would like our students to develop the following skills:
1. Think like a scientist; that is, they should have the ability to distinguish between observation and interpretation. They should be able to read scientific articles and understand the value of data collection and observation, and draw conclusions based on these data.
2. Students should also have the skills that allow them to observe our planet and generate ideas to help solve problems.
3. Students should be capable of using experiences in other courses (biology, chemistry, math, technology, etc.) to understand the complexities of earth sciences.