College of Arts and Sciences
Environmental Studies

Learning Outcomes

  • The Environmental Studies curriculum is designed so that our students will achieve the following objectives:

    Knowledge:

    To investigate environmental issues from a rigorous interdisciplinary perspective by integrating insights and information from the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.  Our students will:

    • Demonstrate a scientific understanding of the physical and biological dynamics of  global ecologies  including  first-hand knowledge of local and regional ecosystems
    • Analyze the social, economic, and political and policy dynamics involved in both the emergence and the resolution of environmental problems
    • Explain and analyze the historical development, ethical implications, and religious dimensions of the human relationship with the nonhuman world

    Skills:

    To use quantitative, research, and communication skills effectively for analyzing and addressing environmental problems, issues, or concerns.  Our students will:

    • Produce a professionally competent empirical research report using statistical and quantitative methods
    • Produce a major capstone research paper that demonstrates disciplinary expertise and professional standards in student's area of specialization