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Student Learning Objectives Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences

Bachelor of Science, Atmospheric Science 

  • Effectively communicate with colleagues or others via clear and efficient writing or presentation technique.
  • Acquire new knowledge and abilities by embracing a lifelong perspective of inquiry, discovery and learning.
  • Cogently describe the fundamental physical and dynamical processes operating in our atmosphere utilizing appropriate mathematical formulation.
  • Access, interpret and analyze a broad range of meteorological data, most typically for the purpose of generating an operational weather forecast.
  • Apply data, concepts, and models to the solution of problems in the atmospheric sciences.

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Environmental Science

  • Effectively communicate with colleagues or others via clear and efficient writing or presentation technique.
  • Acquire new knowledge and abilities by embracing a lifelong perspective of inquiry, discovery and learning.
  • Identify and describe the various systems comprising the Earth's environment, including recognizing key aspects of these systems’ interaction and feedback loops.
  • Perform quantitative analyses specific to environmental evaluation, including assessing relevant parameters and interpreting their trends in space and/or time.
  • Apply field methods, data, concepts, and models to the solution of problems in the environmental sciences.

Master of Science

  • Demonstrate a clear mastery of advanced concepts in atmospheric physics, chemistry and dynamics
  • Carry out a limited-scope, directed research project that includes:
    • Review of relevant literature
    • Application of common scientific practices in observational data analysis, numerical modeling, and/or mathematical analysis of relevant phenomena
    • Analysis of results
  • Document, detail, and defend the research conducted in a formal written thesis, including an oral presentation and defense
  • Develop effective written and oral communication skills with peers and associates under the direction of an advisor
  • Communicate effectively with peers and associates, both in writing and public presentation formats

PhD Program

  • Demonstrate ability to use sound scientific reasoning to develop testable hypotheses and evaluate complex scientific problems in a specific research area
  • Carry out an extensive, independent research project that addresses a significant scientific problem in a specific research area and includes:
    • Extensive review of relevant literature
    • Application of common, or development of new, scientific practices in observational data analysis, numerical modeling, and/or mathematical analysis of relevant phenomena
    • Ability to analyze the results and draw appropriate conclusions
  • Document, detail, and defend the research conducted in a formal prospectus, written thesis, and oral dissertation defense
  • Independently develop effective written and oral communication skills with peers and colleagues at scientific meetings