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Washington State University

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing School of the Environment baccalaureate programs students will be able to:

  • Use critical and creative thinking to understand, formulate, or apply ethical responses to contemporary issues and challenges associated with global change and life on a dynamic Earth.
  • Use scientific methods, quantitative and symbolic reasoning, and decision-making processes as individuals or teams to explore complex environmental issues and analyze problems in the natural and social sciences.
  • Understand the foundations of contemporary science, including the scientific method, hypothesis formation and testing, objectivity, and peer review and evaluation.
  • Locate, interpret, synthesize, and apply relevant scientific information sources to address information needs for problem analysis and reporting.
  • Use technical media as needed and communicate clearly in verbal and written modes as appropriate for public or professional science audiences.
  • Expand awareness of self in a global society and effectively engage diverse perspectives, values, and cultures, ranging from local to global, in dealing with environmental and social issues.
  • Achieve entry-level expertise in a professional specialty or academic field in the natural sciences while retaining the ability to effectively engage in broader, cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural activities.