Environmental Science & Policy Assessment Plan

 Goal 1: Students will have an understanding   of the interdisciplinary nature of environmental problems and possible    solutions

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 Students shall be able to develop a list of appropriate   attributes to measure when dealing with a project that may have significant environmental impact

 

 

Students shall be able to summarize, present, and discuss information from primary sources in a seminar to address climate change science and policy

 

 

Students shall be able to discuss the moral implications of human attitudes regarding other species and the environment  

 

 

Students shall be able to   describe the historical roots and current world views that have generated the present state of widespread environmental degradation

 

 

Students shall be able to discuss the interrelationship of ecology, economics, sociology, and ethics of environmental issues

 

 

Goal 2: Prepare students for entry into graduate schools or job   market settings such as science laboratories, government agencies, advocacy   organizations, and consulting firms

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Students shall be able to make observations and measurements from field and laboratory experiences and translate them into meaningful statistics from which   inferences can be drawn.

 

 

Students shall be able to create, edit, maintain, and analyze   maps and data about features that occur over a specific geographic area using geographic information systems.

 

 

Students shall be able to describe how to properly collect and stabilize physical, chemical, and biological samples from atmospheric, aquatic, subsurface, and terrestrial environments

 

 

Students shall gain pre-professional work-related experience via   either a research project in collaboration with a faculty member or an internship at an off-campus environmental agency or organization

 

 

Students shall be able to prepare a written report in proper   scientific format or give a professional style public seminar of the research work conducted by the student

 

 

Goal 3: Describe and analyze the interrelatedness of natural systems,   environmental problems and their   solutions

 

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Students shall be able to describe the resources and values of the natural world and the environment

 

 

Students shall be able to identify the Earth’s natural resources and explain how they influence man’s use of the physical world.

 

 

Students shall be able to describe the species diversity of   major groups of organisms, e.g., trees, birds, fish, and insects based on   field observations and collections.

 

 

Students shall be able to discuss the interrelationships among  organisms and with their environments.

 

 

Goal 4: Develop awareness of the effects of society’s activities upon   environmental resources and their relevance to human well-being

 

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Students shall be able to evaluate environmental problems and their proposed solutions

 

 

Students shall be able to discuss the relationship between human activities and their impact on the natural environment.

 

 

Students shall be able to summarize and discuss in a seminar format information from primary sources dealing with climate change science and policy

 

 

Students shall be able to describe the relationship between human health and the environment

 

 

Goal 5: Raise awareness of the ecological features and environmental   affairs of the Hudson River Valley as a unique place-based educational   opportunity

 

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Students shall be able to identify local flora and fauna and the environments in which they exist.

 

 

Students shall be able to discuss the complex connections between water bodies and their surrounding lands

 

 

Students shall be able to describe the dynamics of the structural and functional characteristics of the Hudson River.

 

 

Students shall be able to describe how energy, nutrients, and environmental contaminants flow through interconnected food chains using examples from the Hudson River.

 

 

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