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Missions and Learning Outcomes

Missions and Learning Outcomes

Environmental Studies

Mission Statement

Acknowledging that the study of the environment exceeds the area of the natural sciences, the mission of the Environmental Studies major at Doane University is to provide students with the capacity to understand the scientific, social, and political dimensions of environmental systems. Opportunities will explore the environment through the lens of environmental policy decisions and social change.

Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a major in environmental studies will be able to: 

  • Understand fundamental environmental, physical, and biological principles that govern natural processes. 
  • Understand fundemental concepts from the social sciences and the humanities underlying environmental thought and goverance. 
  • Demonstrate information literacy by locating, interpreting, synthesizing, and applying relevant information sources through capstone, presentation, and writing projects. 
  • Express themselves clearly in written and oral form on a variety of environmental topics. 
  • Make informed decisions on issues of local, national and global environmental significance based on an understanding of the interrelationships between humans and natural earth systems. 

Environmental Science

Mission Statement 

The Environmental Science major at Doane University nurtures students' perspectives on environmental topics and provides them with a thorough knowledge of environmental issues at the local, regional, and global levels. The curriculum will increase the students' competence in addressing these issues and their origins, consequences, and solutions.

Learning Outcomes 

Students graduating with a minor in environmental science will be able to: 

  • Use critical and creative thinking to understand, forumlate, and apply the principles of environmental and earth system sciences that relate to land, air, and water. 
  • Identify and communicate the complex relationships between approaches to environmental issues and the diverse political, social, and economis perspectives on the environment. 
  • Demonstrate information literacy by locating, interpreting, synthesizing, and applying relevant information sources through capstone, presentation, and writing projects. 
  • Express themselves clearly in written and oral form on a variety of environmental topics. 
  • Apply the scientific method by engaging in hypothesis formation, testing, and problem solving.