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WEC Unit: Earth Sciences


The Department of Earth Sciences is a small interdisciplinary department within the University’s College of Science and Engineering. The department’s 23 current faculty members teach courses that use theoretical, computational, experimental, and observational techniques to understand the integrated physical, chemical, and biological processes that link the solid Earth to surface dynamics and life. The approximately 70 students enrolled as Earth Sciences majors study the history and functions of our planet from its origin to today.

In their responses to WEC survey questions, the department's professional affiliates emphasized how central a role writing plays in their daily work, and how valuable they consider Earth Science's focus on integrating writing instruction through the curriculum. The Campus Writing Board approved the department's first-edition Writing Plan in July 2013. Earth Sciences faculty members are now working to create a comprehensive curricular map showing which departmentally-identified student writing abilities are expected in which courses and assignments, as well as whether and how those abilities are being taught, practiced, and built upon. The results of this mapping will guide the department's subsequent implementation activities.

Writing Plan

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