Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.58
Liaison Stephen Ellis
Submission Date April 26, 2017
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Boston University
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.08 / 8.00 Dennis Carlberg
Associate Vice President for Sustainability
BU Sustainability
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Number of students who graduated from a program that has adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:

Total number of graduates from degree programs:

A copy of the list or inventory of degree, diploma or certificate programs that have sustainability learning outcomes:
A list of degree, diploma or certificate programs that have sustainability learning outcomes:

See "FY16 Learning Outcomes" PDF

A list or sample of the sustainability learning outcomes associated with degree, diploma or certificate programs (if not included in an inventory above):

Learning Outcomes for Environmental Analysis & Policy, BA:

-Demonstrate knowledge of (a) current environmental issues, and the manner in which they are related to (b) fundamental concepts from social science disciplines (microeconomics as well as one or more of sociology, anthropology, political science/international relations, or law), and (c) fundamental concepts from natural science disciplines (one or more of physics, chemistry, biology)

-Demonstrate knowledge of quantitative and qualitative theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches used to analyze environmental problems and understand the effectiveness of policy interventions

-Quantitatively analyze data and perform simulation modeling to characterize the effects of anthropogenic stressors (e.g., pollution)—and policy interventions to address them—on human and natural systems

-Communicate effectively concepts in the natural and social sciences as they relate to environmental issues, both in writing and verbally, and demonstrate understanding of the broader societal impacts of environmental problems and policies

-Apply a range of analysis methods toward solving qualitative and quantitative problems in the design and implementation of policies to address environmental issues

Learning Outcomes for MET Applied Sustainability, Graduate Certificate:

-An awareness of human and environmental systems, and systems theories.

-Awareness of the legal and political dimensions of environmental protection and regulation.

-Awareness of the relationship between information technologies and environmental sustainability.

Learning Outcomes for Environmental Health, MS:

-Communicate the basic characteristics of major chemical, physical, and biological hazards and the properties that govern the hazards’ behavior in the environment;

-Explain the scientific characteristics (e.g. route of exposure, dose response, mode of action) of major biological, chemical, and physical hazards that result in human health risk;

-Explain and analyze genetic, physiologic, and social factors that affect the susceptibility to adverse health outcomes following exposure to environmental hazards;

-Critically evaluate and interpret the hypothesis, experimental design, methods and results presented in a paper from a technical journal article in an environmental health discipline (toxicology, epidemiology, exposure assessment);

-Analyze and interpret environmental health data;

-Identify appropriate intervention strategies for specific environmental health problems; and

-Communicate the results of a scientific study in a written and oral format.

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