Earth and Environmental Sciences

B.S. in Environmental Science

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The goals of the Environmental Science degree are assessed based on the following learning outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in the application of the scientific method.

    1. Using the scientific method to formulate or test hypotheses;
    2. Demonstrate computer skills for gathering, organizing and/or analyzing data;
    3. Apply quantitative skills toward understanding a model.

  2. Describe the cycling of matter and energy on Earth.

    1. Describe physical processes involved in the transfer of matter and energy at multiple scales;
    2. Demonstrate an understanding of ecological processes and patterns;
    3. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of physical or ecological processes in a specialized focus.

  3. Explain the impact of human activity on natural ecosystems.

    1. Qualify human alterations of Earth’s natural processes and their consequences.
    2. Understand the scientific basis of natural and anthropogenic climate change.

  4. Integrate natural resource management and policy to address environmental issues.

    1. Describe the effects of management practices and policies on natural resources and ecosystem processes.
    2. Demonstrate knowledge of regulations related to resource management.
    3. Explain the scientific basis of sustainable development.

  5. Improve skills in communicating scientific results.

    1. Access and reference published scientific information;
    2. Apply computer skills in communication (e.g., presentation, graphs, etc.);
    3. Communicate technical information clearly.