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Marine Science (B.S.)

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. Understand and explain basic knowledge from the core scientific disciplines (i.e., biology, geology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics) as they relate to marine science.
  2. Apply scientific knowledge for the resolution of real-world problems.
  3. Incorporate marine science concepts into an individualized research experience.

Content/discipline knowledge and skills are assessed at the program level through pre- and post-tests, scientific research proposals, senior capstone projects and self-evaluations in the following: ISC 3120 Scientific Processes, OCE 3008C Oceanography and OCB4936 Senior Seminar in Marine Science.

Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Organize and communicate effectively, using the language and concepts of marine science in a coherent, clear and unified manner.
  2. Present a research project for marine science students and faculty.

Communication skills are assessed at the program level through scientific research proposals and senior capstone projects in the following: ISC 3120 Scientific Processes and OCB4936 Senior Seminar in Marine Science.

Critical Thinking Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate arguments and assumptions and interpret published data relating to marine science.
  2. Synthesize marine science information and draw reasoned inferences.
  3. Utilize the scientific process to form hypotheses and design studies for gathering and analyzing data from which to draw scientifically valid conclusions.

Critical thinking skills are assessed at the program level through pre- and post-tests, scientific research proposals and senior capstone projects and self-evaluations in the following: ISC 3120 Scientific Processes, OCE 3008C Oceanography and OCB4936 Senior Seminar in Marine Science.