Learning Goals

We expect that students taking this class will learn how to:

  • assemble a logical chain of reasoning ranging from observation to inference and action, not only to identify and characterize a problem, but also to find solutions:
    • design an independent scientific inquiry, from methods to interpretation;
    • locate, organize, analyze, integrate, synthesize, and evaluate complex information from multiple and disparate sources;
  • apply appropriate analytical and quantitative approaches:
    • organize, visualize, and statistically analyze environmental data, and interpret relationships, trends and make predictions about future changes;
  • handle uncertain, complex, real-world problems in the lab, field, community, and workplace:
    • observe analytically and integrate diverse information from variable sources outside of the classroom;
    • think critically, creatively, resourcefully, and strategically, including identifying steps needed to reach goals, manage projects, evaluate progress, and adapt approaches, developing both self-reliance, and civic‐mindedness;
  • clearly communicate complex analyses, interpretations and significance through variable media (oral presentation, poster, proposal, research article, report), to audiences ranging from scientific to policy, and the general public;
  • collaborate in teams, with peers and mentors, and work with others in diverse group settings, developing flexibility and leadership skills.