Learning Goals & Objectives

Student Learning Goal 1

Environmental Studies majors will demonstrate knowledge of complex environmental systems and environmental issues problems in scientific, cultural, and social realms.

Students will: 
  • Objective A: Critically evaluate information on human/environmental systems; 
  • Objective B: Integrate human ecology and science of environmental problems; 
  • Objective C: Articulate issues of social construction of science. 

Student Learning Goal 2

Environmental Studies majors will demonstrate an understanding of the foundations of environmental problems in society from an interdisciplinary approach. (Focusing on, but not limited to the social sciences and humanities perspectives.) 

Students will: 
  • Objective A: Evaluate information on political economy of environmental issues; 
  • Objective B: Demonstrate knowledge of complex theories of environmental problems; 
  • Objective C: Communicate relationships between social institutions and environmental problems. 

Student Learning Goal 3

Environmental Studies majors will demonstrate scientific literacy of environmental issues. 

Students will: 
  • Objective A: Critically evaluate literature on environmental problems; 
  • Objective B: Develop relevant research questions for environmental investigation 
  • Objective C: Use methods and tools of environmental research, including statistical analysis, GIS, and other techniques; 
  • Objective D: Analyze findings from original research.   

Student Learning Goal 4

Environmental Studies majors will articulate issues of environmental justice and social systems. 

Students will: 
  • Objective A: Articulate ethical aspects of environmental problems; 
  • Objective B: Synthesize issues of race and class in connection with environmental issues; 
  • Objective C: Integrate environmental justice as an aspect of social justice. 

Student Learning Goal 5

Environmental Studies majors will demonstrate readiness to enter post graduate career and educational opportunities.

Students will: 
  • Objective A: Demonstrate skills needed to compete in green careers, including grant writing and oral communication; 
  • Objective B: Complete an internship with an established environmental organization; 
  • Objective C: Collaborate with local, regional, national, and international professionals in environmental career and post graduate educational settings.