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).
Program Educational Objectives
- Apply and communicate quantitative reasoning and/or mathematical skills or statistical models to field and laboratory data to study scientific phenomena.
- Use geospatial technologies (including global positioning systems, geographic information systems, and remote sensing) to address environmental problems.
- Demonstrate and awareness of ecosystems in the context of coupled human-environmental interactions.
- Competently implement an individual or group scientific project, which my include literature review, experimental design, data collection, data analysis, and reporting.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the program, students will have demonstrated the following abilities:
- Apply mathematical concepts, including statistical methods, to field and laboratory data to study scientific phenomena.
- Use GIS to solve geospatial problems.
- Understand the complex relationships between natural and human systems.
- Design and execute a scientific project.
Summary of Student Learning Outcomes
During the 2016-17 academic year, the Natural Sciences faculty formally assessed the student learning outcomes summarized in the annual program assessment report. Additional details can be found in department assessment records.