USMA Environmental Science Program Objectives & Outcomes
Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that the program is preparing graduates to achieve.
Graduates can analyze and solve complex problems.
Graduates can lead, manage, and execute.
- Graduates can apply their knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, the humanities and social sciences to analyze and solve complex problems in environmental engineering.
- Graduates can evaluate, mitigate, and communicate risk.
- Graduates can use appropriate technologies to formulate effective, context-based courses of action; adapt methods and strategies to overcome incomplete or imperfect information; and recommend or choose a best course of action.
- Graduates can creatively adapt problem solving strategies and solutions to rapidly changing and / or potential life-threatening situations. Problem solving is not bounded by disciplinary expertise. Graduates may encounter problems within the environmental engineering discipline, or within the broader context of officership in the profession of arms.
Graduates can effectively communicate.
- Graduates can lead people, manage resources and programs, prioritize activities, and execute projects within constraints to successfully complete the mission within the environmental field and the Army. Graduates must be able to execute an array of missions efficiently while minimizing environmental impacts. Potential missions include actions in combat, homeland security, disaster relief, humanitarian aid, and other operations under austere conditions.
Graduates recognize their roles as professionals.
- Graduates have the ability to listen to, understand, and assess varying viewpoints and can, based on this assessment, communicate pertinent information to stakeholders and the general public in such a manner as to bridge their differences and strengthen relationships among them.
- Graduates have internalized their professional responsibilities to society, the profession of arms, and the practice of engineering. They demonstrate internalization through participation in professional societies, continuing education, successful progression in assignments, community outreach, and other activities.
Program outcomes are statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to the skills, knowledge, and behaviors that students acquire in their matriculation through the program.
Our Environmental Science Program outcomes are designed to:
Enhance curiosity about natural processes and one’s ability to study such processes as a scientist.
Deepen knowledge of human influences on the environment and foster evaluation of our individual and collective responsibilities as environmental stewards.
Develop one’s ability to evaluate the connections between the environment and individual, national, and global security.
Improve one’s facility with the tools of environmental science by developing proficiency in collecting and analyzing lab and field data, deducing patterns, and formulating the next step in an on-going study.
Provide a solid foundation in earth, air, water and life sciences and their interconnections.