To provide a rigorous, systematic, and integrated approach to the study, management, and solution of environmental problems and issues.
Undergraduate Student Learning Objectives
1. Qualitative Environmental Literacy:
Students are able to write a logical, analytical paper using good writing style and construction supported by appropriate research. Goal: Achieve good to excellent level of environmental research, writing and analysis in a 15-page paper including:
- Independent literature review on a self-chosen topic using 10-20 relevant scholarly/technical articles with little assistance, and
- Critical evaluations using criteria discussed in the course and recommendations for sustainable solutions
2. Quantitative Environmental Literacy:
Students are able to determine, apply and interpret appropriate basic statistical or other quantitative analyses to environmental data (Chi-square, ANOVA, Regression). Goal: Be able to develop a study designed to use particular analyses that test a hypothesis or specific research question including the abilities to:
- Design, run and interpret studies to test a hypothesis or research question, and
- Read and interpret scholarly papers including basic analytical methods, graphs and results.
3. Professional Skills:
- 3A) Students are able to productively conduct group/team work to deliver professional quality presentations and reports, and
- 3B) Students demonstrate professional work skills.
Unique Goals by Program:
- B.S. in Environmental Studies -- Proficient at application of statistics to environmental issues
- B.A. in Environmental Studies -- Proficient at applying theoretical frameworks to understand how environmental problems occur and how negative environmental impacts can be addressed through means such as policy, laws, and NGOs
- B.A. in Teacher Preparation -- Have knowledge required by the State of California for multiple subjects preparation teaching
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MS Student Learning Goals & Objectives
- Able to thoroughly review literature and research in a specific area of the environmental studies and able to formulate original research questions based on critical analysis of aforementioned review.
- Able to develop appropriate and feasible methods for original research project
- Possess thorough knowledge of the history of environmental thought
- Able to carry out original research plan and write a high quality scholarly thesis or professional report
- Able to present original research results in a public oral defense
This page last updated 08/24/11