Indicators of Achievement

In order to prepare our students to lead lives of meaning, be better prepared for the workforce, and to effectively participate in their civic lives, the Environmental Science major is designed around two sets of curricular outcomes: three centered on content and knowledge and five focused on skills.


Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Content-Knowledge
    • Students will employ a systems thinking approach to exploring the multidisciplinary nature and complexity of environmental issues and problem solving.
    • Students will develop a firm grounding in the fundamental physical and biological principles governing natural processes and the reciprocal relationships among the political, social, economic, and ethical principles and structures governing human processes to examine environmental issues.
    • Students can explain major local, regional and global environmental issues and engage in the world as effective and literate citizens.
  2. Skills
    • Students will demonstrate advanced capabilities for interpreting and communicating written and oral information related to environmental issues appropriate to both professional and lay audiences
    • Students will demonstrate competence in qualitative, quantitative, and spatial methodological and analytical skills to answer important questions in environmental science.
    • Students will be able to synthesize and integrate diverse methodological and interdisciplinary subjects.
    • Students will formulate, design, conduct, and complete a program of independent research that uses appropriate techniques drawn from the natural sciences, social sciences, or humanities.
    • Students will demonstrate competence in locating, comprehending, and critically analyzing interdisciplinary scholarly literature.