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Environmental Studies Major: Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students graduating from this program will:

  • understand the relations among God, humanity, and the nonhuman creation as revealed in the scriptures, in theology in general, and Reformed theology in particular;
  • differentiate various schools of environmental philosophy and ethics and articulate a differentiated Christian environmental ethic;
  • understand the interdependent structure and functioning of physical-ecological systems at a variety of scales and their dynamic character even apart from human influence;
  • understand the interdependence and interconnectedness of environmental and societal change as well as the history of domestic and international responses to environmental degradation;
  • know the interplay of factors that result in human-induced environmental change, including human population, poverty, affluence, and resource consumption;
  • understand the spatial patterns of human-environmental interactions;
  • know the basic structures of environmental policy and law that pertain to specific environmental issues (water quality, climate change, biodiversity protection, etc.);
  • be able to prioritize environmental issues in terms of their threats/impacts on social and environmental sustainability.