College of Arts and Sciences
Environmental Studies Program

Learning Outcomes

  • Seattle University undergraduate Environmental Studies-Ecology students should be able to:

    • Develop the capacity and the commitment to understand current environmental issues from an interdisciplinary perspective by integrating insights and information from the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities.
    • Gain firsthand knowledge of local and regional habitats and develop sufficient scientific literacy to understand the forms and functions of natural ecosystems and the nature and complexity of the human place within them.
    • Understand the scope and complexity of the social, economic, political, and psychological dynamics involved in both the development and the resolution of environmental problems and become motivated to seek solutions.
    • Develop an understanding of and sensitivity to the historical development, ethical implications, and religious and spiritual dimensions of the human relationship with the nonhuman world.
    • Acquire basic quantitative, research, and communication skills useful for analyzing and addressing environmental concerns. Cultivate a special competence in a chosen subject area relevant to a possible career path.
    • Develop a facility and enthusiasm for collaborating with other people on current environmental issues through interdisciplinary team projects, service learning experiences, internships, volunteer work, and other experiential endeavors, and take a leadership role in promoting sustainable living and the stewardship of natural ecosystems.
    • Be informed about, and competent in pursuing, career opportunities, professional development, or further education in environmental fields.