Learning Outcomes: Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences, MS
Learning Outcomes for the degree of Master of Science in Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences(on campus & online)
- Mastery of core knowledge in major field of study and specialized knowledge related to concentration/specialization
- Understanding the logic of science, including the philosophy of science and research design
- Facility with research tools/techniques and data analysis techniques relevant for major and concentration/specialization
- Strong communication skills in conversation, presentation, and writing, particularly scientific/technical writing
- Ability to function well professionally, with good leadership skills, well-developed problem-solving abilities, and ethical thinking
Completing the non-thesis M.S. program requires a broad grasp of current scholarly understanding of natural resources and environmental sciences. In particular, students are responsible for demonstrating adequate mastery in four core areas of study:
- Statistics and Research Design,
- Spatial Analysis and Modeling,
- Ecosystem Science and Conservation Biology, and
- Human Dimensions of the Environment, Stewardship, and Management.
Students must take at least one course in each of these four areas and pass a final written exam that covers them.
In order to graduate, students must demonstrate, at a masters level, the following learning objectives:
- Broad grasp of current scholarly understanding of natural resources and environmental sciences,
- Understanding and application of the scientific process,
- Skills in the analysis and interpretation of relevant scientific information, and
- Proficiency in communicating scientific information
Progress of each student is evaluated through course performance, a written final examination, the capstone paper, and a final oral examination.