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Environmental Studies (B.A.)

Learning Outcomes

 
 

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. Explain basic ecological, natural and social content knowledge related to issues and problems in environmental studies.
  2. Apply scientific and systems process thinking to issues and problems that affect environmental systems.
  3. Develop an approach to resolving issues and problems at the intersection of environmental and social systems.

Content/Discipline Knowledge and Skills are assessed at the program level using pre- and post-tests, content instruments, research proposals and course projects in one or more of the following: EVR 4326 Conservation Strategies, ISC 3120 Scientific Process, EVR 4910/4911 Senior Research/Presentation, and PCB 3043 General Ecology.

Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Organize and effectively communicate in written form, using the language and concepts of environmental science and/or studies in a coherent, clear and unified manner.
  2. Organize and effectively communicate in oral and visual formats, using the language and concepts of environmental science and/or studies, in an engaging, clear and coherent manner.

Communication Skills are assessed at the program level through scientific research proposals and course projects in one or more of the following: area studies courses, ISC 3120 Scientific Process and EVR 4910/4911 Senior Research/Presentation.

Critical Thinking Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate arguments and assumptions, and interpret published data relating to environmental studies.
  2. Identify, synthesize environmental studies information, analyze and solve ecological and environmental problems so that reasoned inferences can be drawn.
  3. Use the scientific process to form hypotheses and to design studies for gathering and analyzing data from which to draw scientifically valid conclusions.

Critical Thinking Skills are assessed at the program level using final course projects in one or more of the following: area studies courses, ISC 3120 Scientific Process and EVR 4910/4911 Senior Research/Presentation.