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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 coursework and knowledge in the discipline
  • Display requisite skill in common practices specific to the discipline, such as properly interpreting numerical weather forecasts or creating/interpreting detailed, multi-dimensional data fields
  • Coordinate a credible research project in the discipline and conduct this research via application of appropriate quantitative, computational and IT techniques
  • Document, detail and defend the research conducted in a formal written thesis, including an oral presentation and defense
  • Communicate effectively with peers and associates, both in writing and public presentation formats