Environmental Sciences

Program Purpose

The Bachelor of Science Program in Environmental Sciences prepares students for immediate employment and graduate studies in the analysis and mitigation of environmental problems. The program focuses on science methodology and applied analysis, applying state-of-the-art field methods, instrumentation, and data analysis to the study of the natural and human environment from an interdisciplinary systems perspective. The curriculum builds on four cores: natural sciences (biology, chemistry, and physics); mathematics (including calculus and statistics); geographic information science (GIS); and integrated social sciences (including economics, geography, and bioregional studies).

Educational Objectives

  1. Provide knowledge and training in the practical application of the scientific method utilizing appropriate analytical approaches and instrumentation-based methodologies.
  2. Prepare students for roles in resource management that require critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  3. Prepare students for graduate studies in environmental sciences, natural resource management, environmental education, geography, geographic information science, and regulation.
  4. Provide students with technical and analytical skills that enable them to find employment in federal and state resource agencies, consulting firms, community-based education, and industrial firms tasked with environmental compliance.

Expected Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will have demonstrated the following abilities:
  1. Apply mathematical concepts, including statistical methods, to field and laboratory data to study scientific phenomena.
  2. Use GIS to solve geospatial problems.
  3. Understand the complex relationships between natural and human systems.
  4. Design and execute a scientific project.

Curriculum Map

The curriculum map for the Environmental Sciences program can be found on the program's web page on the Oregon Tech web site.

Summary of Student Learning Outcomes

During the 2011-12 academic year, the Environmental Sciences faculty formally assessed the student learning outcomes summarized in the attached annual report. Additional details can be found in the department assessment records.