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Program Educational Objectives

The Global Environmental Science program expects graduates to be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge and critical thinking skills to attain advanced disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and professional degrees 
  2. Apply knowledge and critical thinking skills to the practice of environmental science to become leaders in public and private sector professional careers impacting local to global communities
  3. Apply principles of environmental justice and ethics, sustainability, and Indigenous practices and knowledge in their careers
  4. Demonstrate the ability to conduct independent basic or applied research

Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Global Environmental Science program will be able to:

  1. Students will be able to identify, formulate, explain, and solve broadly defined technical or scientific problems relevant to environmental issues in the local communities and/or global contexts by applying knowledge of mathematics and science including Indigenous practices/knowledge relevant to the discipline.
  2. Students will be able to design and implement scientific inquiries or systems to test hypotheses, analyze and interpret data and use scientific judgment to draw conclusions.
  3. Students will be able to communicate effectively with a range of audiences in both written and oral communication.
  4. Students will be able to understand ethical and professional responsibilities and the impact of technical and/or scientific solutions in economic, environmental, and societal contexts; both locally and globally.
  5. Students will be able to function effectively on teams that establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, and analyze risk and uncertainty.