Learning Objectives

Environmental Science Learning Objectives

  1. Science Fundamentals:  Apply principles from biology, ecology, chemistry, physics, geology, mathematics, and engineering to examine the natural history, ecosystems, and environmental problems of the Pacific Northwest and to place them in a global context.
  2. Experimentation: Plan, safely conduct, and document fieldwork and lab experiments that account for the spatial and temporal complexity inherent within natural systems.
  3. Critical Thinking: Develop and test scientific hypotheses using critical thinking skills and contemporary tools.
  4. Communication:  Communicate effectively with both technical and non-technical audiences in written and oral forms using reasoning that draws from the scientific literature and is supported by data presented as figures, tables, maps, photographs, and in other graphical forms.
  5. Policy:  Evaluate how science can inform the development of policy to address environmental problems such as biodiversity loss, pollution, resource depletion, and climate change.
  6. Teamwork: Collaborate on multidisciplinary teams that apply scientific expertise and input from diverse stakeholders to characterize and address environmental problems.


We seek to prepare graduates for productive and fulfilling life-long careers in the engineering profession. The program provides a strong foundation in the areas of mathematics, basic and engineering sciences, and the humanities and social sciences while promoting further self-development and life-long intellectual achievement. The program also seeks to build student skills in written and oral communication, and a sense of poise and professionalism.

Dr. Katie Kuder Professor