A student should be able to obtain/develop:
- a mastery and breadth of knowledge of fundamental principles in environmental science and policy
- critical thinking skills
- written and oral communication skills
- laboratory and field work experience
- ability to integrate scientific issues and diverse perspectives (social sciences, humanities)
- Fundamental principles in environmental studies, including (a) principles of natural sciences (ecology, earth sciences), social sciences (policy, economics, sociology) and the humanities (history, ethics); (b) the interconnectedness of the natural sciences, the social sciences and the humanities in an environmental context; and (c) how human activities affect these connections.
- The scientific method, including formulation of hypotheses, the use of varied approaches (experimental and observational) for testing hypotheses, appropriate interpretation of data encountered in class, lab, or the scientific literature.
- Function successfully in laboratory and field settings, including use of basic equipment and techniques and putting into practice the basic steps of the research process.
- Employ the scientific method using real-world data, including formulation of hypotheses, the use of varied approaches (experimental and observational) for testing hypotheses, and appropriate interpretation of data encountered in class, lab and the literature.
- Conduct literature reviews to obtain information, including accessing all forms of literature to investigate topics, critiquing sources and organizing information in a meaningful way.
- Synthesize a cogent argument in language appropriate to the field of study, including written and oral communication skills, and presentation of results using graphs and equations, when appropriate.