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Environmental Studies (B.A.)

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Academic Learning Compact

Consistent with its mission and guiding principles, Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to academic excellence and continuous quality improvement, as supported by a sound teaching-learning process. Within this process, students and instructors share responsibility for learning that is a movement from the simple to the complex, the concrete to the abstract, and the dependent to the independent. The Academic Learning Compact (ALC) initiative supports the teaching-learning process by clearly identifying expected core student learning outcomes in the areas of content/discipline knowledge and skills, communication skills, and critical thinking skills; aligning curricula with expectations; and using assessment to guide continuous improvement.
Content/Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Evaluate and implement the scientific process.
  2. Contrast important features and components of the ecosystems found in southwest Florida.
  3. Apply the science of ecology to specific issues the field of environmental studies.

Content/discipline knowledge and skills are assessed at the college and departmental levels through mechanisms:

  1. Assessment I - Scientific Process Proposal: Environmental Studies students design a research project, compose a written proposal, and then defend it in an oral presentation.These proposals are critiqued by objective, outside reviewers for their adherence to the scientific method. (ISC 3120 Scientific Process)
  2. Assessment II - Senior Project: Environmental Studies students must complete a research project or scholarly activity as a Senior Project.The results of this work are presented in a college-wide forum and evaluated by a team of faculty and environmental professionals form off-campus. (EVR 4910 Senior Project Research and EVR 4911 Senior Project Presentation)
  3. Assessment III - Ecology Concepts Evaluation: Environmental Studies students will be assessed for their knowledge of ecological concepts and local natural history with a pre- and post-evaluation in General Ecology. The evaluation instrument was developed by the entire faculty, and administered and evaluated by the course instructor(s). (PCB 3043C General Ecology)
Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Employ the conventions of standard written English.
  2. Select a topic, and develop it for a specific audience and purpose, with respect for diverse perspectives.
  3. Select, organize, and relate ideas and information with coherence, clarity, and unity.

Communication skills are assessed as part of the General Education Program through papers, exams, and projects completed in ENC 1101 Composition I, ENC 1102 Composition II, and HUM 2510 Understanding the Visual and Performing Arts. Communication skills are also assessed in the capstone courses, EVR 4910 Senior Project Research and EVR 4911 Senior Project Presentation.

Critical Thinking Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Select and organize information.
  2. Identify assumptions and underlying relationships.
  3. Synthesize information, and draw reasoned inferences.
  4. Formulate an appropriate problem solving strategy.
  5. Evaluate the feasibility of the strategy.

Critical thinking skills are assessed as part of the General Education Program through papers, exams, and projects completed ENC 1101 Composition I, ENC 1102 Composition II, and HUM 2510 Understanding the Visual and Performing Arts. Critical thinking skills are also assessed in the capstone courses, EVR 4910 Senior Project Research and EVR 4911 Senior Project Presentation.