Learning Goals

At the time of graduation, majors in Environmental Studies will be able to:


1. Demonstrate understanding of the structure and function of biological ecosystems and the ways humans are dependent upon ecosystem services.

2. Demonstrate understanding of the structure and function of the Earth’s systems and the history of stability and change within these systems over geologic time.

3. Demonstrate understanding of various social systems such as political and economic systems and the tradeoffs associated with different social arrangements.

4. Understand the ways humans have imagined and narrated their relationships with the Earth and the values and cultures that have informed that relationship. 


5. Recognize the range and implications of environmental issues confronting contemporary societies and critically evaluate possible solutions to these issues (critical thinking)

6. Comprehend systems dynamics, including feedbacks, limits, and response times, and the ways human systems can and do threaten natural systems (systems thinking)

7. Identify, evaluate, and integrate sources of information from multiple perspectives in order to understand environmental problems (information literacy)

8. Integrate knowledge and methodologies from different disciplines to propose creative solutions to real world problems (interdisciplinary problem solving)

9. Demonstrate competency in the ability to use and analyze data (quantitative literacy)

10. Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively in small groups

11. Demonstrate the capacity to utilize tools for social change

12. Demonstrate the capacity to communicate effectively both orally and in writing