Student Learning Outcomes

  • Apply core concepts, methods, and systems thinking to analyze and assess interactions from ecological and physical sciences and their application in environmental problem solving.
  • Apply core concepts, methods and systems thinking from economic, political, and social analysis as they pertain to the design and evaluation of environmental policies and institutions.
  • Identify key stakeholders and their respective roles in local, regional, and global environmental issues.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in quantitative methods, qualitative analysis, critical thinking, and written, oral, and graphical communication needed to conduct high-level work as interdisciplinary scholars and/or practitioners.
  • Demonstrate the ability to locate, interpret and apply published research (in primary publications and popular ‘grey’ literature) and lessons learned by the scientific community to a focused environmental solution with potential regional stakeholders.
  • Articulate appreciation of the interdisciplinary, historical, economic, ethical, global, and cross-cultural context of environmental issues and the links between human and natural systems.
  • Apply understanding of the effect of spatial (local, regional, and global), temporal (days, years, centuries, millennia) and magnitude (relative to other issues) scale in considering environmental issues.
  • Design, conduct, and present (orally and in writing) independent research consistent with the highest standards and practices of research in environmental science.
  • Identify and communicate the career skills gained from their degree training and reflect critically about their own roles and identities as citizens, consumers, and environmental actors in a complex, interconnected world.