Environmental Science BS

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will become acquainted with a broad range of concepts in biology, chemistry, earth sciences, and their relationship to environmental science.

a. Students will be conversant in biology, earth sciences, and chemistry. 

b. Students will be fluent in one or more specialized subareas of environmental science. 

c. Students will demonstrate awareness that the scope of environmental science necessitates an interdisciplinary perspective; they will show competence in approaching a problem using concepts from multiple disciplines.

2. Students will become proficient in scientific inquiry and analysis. 

a. Students will become proficient in exploring environmental science issues through the systematic process of collection and/or analysis of scientific evidence that will result in informed conclusions/judgments. 

b. Students will become proficient in technical skills commonly used by environmental scientists. These skills will be acquired via research experiences in classroom, laboratory and field settings. 

3.  Students will effectively communicate environmental science-related issues in both oral and written forms. 

a. Students will be effective communicators in both oral and written forms to both technical and nontechnical audiences. 

4. Students will gain quantitative literacy and use it to solve environmental science problems. 

a. Students will achieve competency and comfort in working with numerical data. 

b. Students will have the ability to reason and solve quantitative problems from a wide array of environmental science contexts. 

c. Students will be able to create and communicate complex arguments supported by quantitative evidence. 

d. Students will become familiar with the major technical and computational tools of relevance to environmental science and understand the limitations of these tools. 

5. Students will be able to identify common ethical issues in environmental science and will recognize ethical ramifications of their actions as a scientist.

a. Students will be aware that as scientists they have ethical (some legally mandated) and will be able to identify resources that further understanding of those. 

b. Students will be able to critically analyze and identify common ethical dilemmas environmental scientists encounter.

c. Students will become aware of the influence of religious traditions on our views of the environment and examine how the UST's "core" education can inform their practice of environmental science.