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PROGRAM-SPECIFIC LEARNING OBJECTIVES 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

By the end of their program, students can….

  1. Describe and explain environmental issues from a rigorous interdisciplinary perspective by integrating insights based on principles, theories, and information from the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of ethical dimensions of environmental issues.
  3. Apply, evaluate, and interpret appropriate quantitative methods (e.g. geographic information systems, statistics, and systems modeling) to gain information and understanding of environmental problems. 
  4. Synthesize and integrate material in interdisciplinary team-structured activities.
  5. Communicate information necessary to understand environmental problems and solutions in written, oral, and visual formats to professional and lay audiences in a manner that is both scientifically accurate, relatable and understandable by the audience.
  6. Demonstrate understanding of how the interactions between humans and the environment affect human health, ecosystem health, resource availability, sustainability, and political stability.
  7. Demonstrate understanding of how environmental policy is made and how, together with economic incentives, it structures people’s use of environmental resources.

 

GEOGRAPHY

By the end of their program, students can….

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in application of basic geographic terminology, principles, and concepts.
  2. Explain the diversity and interdependence of regions, places and locations.
  3. Interpret connections between the natural world and human society.
  4. Draw knowledge, understanding and a diversity of approaches from other disciplines to synthesize them in a geographical context.
  5. Apply geographic information systems (GIS) to the analysis of geographic data and spatial relationships.
  6. Apply and interpret appropriate basic statistical and other quantitative analyses for geographic data, including spatially-explicit data.
  7. Communicate geographical ideas and information effectively and fluently by written, oral and visual means. 

 

RECREATION RESOURCES MANAGEMENT

By the end of their program, students can…. 

  1. Identify and articulate central foundations, theories and ideas, and best approaches and practices in RRM.
  2. Utilize theories, principles, and knowledge of RRM to address management issues and challenges.
  3. Utilize theories, principles, and knowledge of related disciplines to address management issues and challenges.
  4. Quantify and analyze recreational use and associated impacts utilizing research approaches and methods, sampling and measurement, and data analysis techniques for managing recreation resources.
  5. Write logical and analytical papers supported by appropriate research.
  6. Determine, apply, and interpret appropriate basic statistical or other quantitative analyses to RRM data
  7. Productively conduct group/team work to deliver professional quality presentations and reports.
  8. Demonstrate basic competency in the use of geographic information systems and field data collection using global positioning systems.

 

Archived Learning Objectives:
Departmental Learning Goals and Objectives (2002)

Matrix: Curriculum and Program Learning Objectives (2002)