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Skidmore College
Environmental Studies and Sciences

Student Learning Goals

Basic Concepts. The students should be able to:

  • Understand ways that the social world and the natural world function as well as how they influence and are influenced by environmental issues.
  • Understand the utility of an interdisciplinary perspective for studying interrelationships between humans and their environment and the issues that result from these interrelationships.
  • Appreciate the complexity and importance of environmental issues across time and space. Specifically, students should be able to appreciate contemporary, historical and future environmental issues as well as the interrelationships of local, regional, national, international and global environmental issues.
  • Understand various intended and unintended consequences of human responses to environmental issues.
  • Appreciate environmental issues and personal responsibilities as a member of a community, which includes the Skidmore campus community and beyond.
  • Skills and application. The students should be able to:
  • Work in collaborative and interdisciplinary contexts to address environmental concerns.
  • Understand major methodologies for addressing particular environmental issues.
  • Demonstrate basic problem solving and technical skills related to environmental issues (asking questions, analyzing empirical evidence, applying methodologies to answer questions, reporting results).
  • Communicate effectively (both orally and in writing) regarding environmental issues.
  • Examine personal and community values and ethical dimensions of environmental problems.
  • Apply knowledge and skills to develop informed actions regarding environmental issues.