Environmental and Ocean Studies (BS)
The student learning outcomes of the Environmental and Ocean Studies Degree include:
Fundamental principles in environmental studies, including (a) principles of natural sciences (ecology, earth sciences), social sciences (policy, economics, sociology) and the humanities (history, ethics); (b) the interconnectedness of the natural sciences, the social sciences and the humanities in an environmental context; and (c) how human activities affect these connections.
The scientific method, including formulation of hypotheses, the use of varied approaches (experimental and observational) for testing hypotheses, appropriate interpretation of data encountered in class, lab, or the scientific literature.
Function successfully in laboratory and field settings, including use of basic equipment and techniques and putting into practice the basic steps of the research process. Employ the scientific method using real-world data, including formulation of hypotheses, the use of varied approaches (experimental and observational) for testing hypotheses, and appropriate interpretation of data encountered in class, lab and the literature.
Conduct literature reviews to obtain information, including accessing all forms of literature to investigate topics, critiquing sources and organizing information in a meaningful way. Synthesize a cogent argument in language appropriate to the field of study, including written and oral communication skills, and presentation of results using graphs and equations, when appropriate.