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AC-2: Learning Outcomes

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Roberts Environmental Center
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Total number of graduates from degree programs (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, certificates, and other academic designations):
315

Number of students that graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
3

Percentage of students who graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
0.95

Do the figures reported above cover one, two, or three academic years?:
One

Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the institution level (e.g. covering all students)?:
No

Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the division level (e.g. covering particular schools or colleges within the institution)?:
No

A list or brief description of the institution level or division level sustainability learning outcomes:
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Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the program level (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, degrees, diplomas, certificates, and other academic designations)?:
Yes

A list or brief description of the program level sustainability learning outcomes (or a list of sustainability-focused programs):

There are two majors, listed below, that have specific learning outcomes:

1) Environment, Economics, and Politics (EEP)

Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes of the Environment, Economics, and Politics (EEP) Program

Learning Goals of the Environment, Economics, and Politics (EEP) Program

The interdisciplinary EEP major is designed to achieve a variety of educational outcomes. The basic goals of the EEP major are to:
• Develop a general understanding of biology, chemistry, economics, and government policy; and
• Gain deeper knowledge of those aspects of the constituent disciplines focused on the environment.
Student Learning Outcomes of the Environment, Economics, and Politics (EEP) Program

Evidence of such understanding should be reflected in grades from upper division courses within the EEP major and a senior thesis that applies interdisciplinary methods to contribute to understanding of environmental issues.


Major Requirements

The major requires a minimum of 13 courses, distributed as follows:
1. Core Requirements (5-7 courses)

Economics (2 courses)

• ECON101 CM - Intermediate Microeconomics
• ECON171 CM - Environmental Economics
Statistics (1 course)

One of the following 4 courses:
• BIOL175 KS - Applied Biostatistics
• ECON120 CM - Statistics
• MATH052 CM - Introduction to Statistics
• PSYC109 CM - Introduction to Statistics for Psychologists
Science (2-4 courses)

Choose 1 of the following options:
Option 1 (3 courses)

• BIOL044L KS - Introductory Biology
• CHEM014L KS - Basic Principles of Chemistry
• CHEM015L KS - Basic Principles of Chemistry
Option 2 (2 courses)

• BIOL044L KS - Introductory Biology
• CHEM029L KS - Accelerated General Chemistry
Option 3 (4 courses)

• BIOL040L KS - Introduction to Biological Chemistry
• BIOL044L KS - Introductory Biology
• CHEM015L KS - Basic Principles of Chemistry
• CHEM040L KS - Introduction to Biological Chemistry
2. Electives (7 courses)

Choose 2 courses from each group below, and 1 additional course from any group below. At least 1 course from Group 3 must include a lab.
Group 1 (2 or 3 courses)

• GOVT118 CM - The Processes of Environmental Policymaking
• GOVT120 CM - Environmental Law and Policy
• GOVT120E CM - Environmental Leadership
• GOVT132E CM - Politics and Economics of Natural Resource Policy in Developing Countries
• EA095 PZ - U.S. Environmental Policy
• POLI060 PO - Global Politics of Food and Agriculture
• POLI061 PO - Global Politics of Water
• POST114 HM - Comparative Environmental Politics
• POST140 HM - Global Environmental Politics
Note:

EEP majors participating in the CMC Washington DC program may ask the EEP Program Coordinator to apply courses from the Washington Program toward their Group 1 electives, provided their internship has an environmental focus.
Group 2 (2 or 3 courses)

• ECON125 CM - Econometrics
• Level II Economics elective course(s) (ECON courses that require ECON 101 CM and/or ECON 102 CM as a prerequisite)
Group 3 (2 or 3 courses)

At least 1 course chosen from this group must include a lab.
• BIOL135L KS - Field Biology
• BIOL138 KS - Applied Ecology and Conservation
• BIOL146L KS - Ecology with Lab
• BIOL147 KS - Biogeography
• BIOL159 KS - Natural Resource Management
• BIOL165 KS - Advanced Topics in Environmental Biology
• BIOL169L KS - Marine Ecology
• BIOL176 KS - Tropical Ecology
• CHEM139 KS - Environmental Chemistry
• EA100 KS - Global Climate Change
• EA100L KS - Global Climate Change
• EA103 KS - Soils and Society
• EA104 KS - Oceanography
3. Senior Thesis (1 or 2 courses)

EEP majors must complete either a 1- or 2-semester senior thesis on an environmental topic in a constituent EEP discipline, which includes the natural sciences, economics, and government.
Students who plan to complete a thesis in economics are encouraged to take ECON 125 CM to fulfill one of their Group 2 elective requirements.
Students who plan to complete a thesis in biology or chemistry, read the Senior Thesis in Science information, below.
Prerequisites for EEP Majors

The following courses are prerequisites for major requirements (and may be counted for general education requirements):
• MATH030 CM - Calculus I
• ECON050 CM - Principles of Economic Analysis
• GOVT020 CM - Introduction to American Politics
Senior Thesis in Science

The senior thesis is a general education requirement and the capstone experience of a student’s undergraduate education. Students must complete a senior thesis in at least one of their majors under supervision of a faculty reader who teaches within that major, unless granted a special exception.
Science majors have the following senior thesis options. Refer to the major requirements above for major-specific senior thesis requirements.
2-Semester Thesis with Lab (2 courses, 2 credits)

Students interested in a 2-semester thesis with lab take one of the following pairs of courses in the 1st and 2ndsemester of the senior year:
• BIOL188L KS - Senior Thesis Research Project in Biology
• BIOL190L KS - Senior Thesis Research Project in Biology, Second Semester

• CHEM188L KS - Senior Thesis Research Project in Chemistry
• CHEM190L KS - Senior Thesis Research Project in Chemistry, Second Semester

• EA188L KS - Senior Thesis Research Project in EA Science
• EA190L KS - Senior Thesis Research Project in EA Science, Second Semester

• NEUR188L KS - Senior Thesis Research Project in Neuroscience
• NEUR190L KS - Senior Thesis Research Project in Neuroscience, Second Semester

• PHYS188L KS - Senior Thesis Research Project in Physics
• PHYS190L KS - Senior Thesis Research Project in Physics, Second Semester
2-Semester Thesis with Summer Research (2 courses, 1 credit)

Students interested in completing a 2-semester thesis by conducting a substantial research project during the summer after their junior year should register for one of the following pairs of courses in the 1st semester of the senior year. There is no credit or lab fee for 189L.
• BIOL189L KS - Senior Thesis Summer Research Project in Biology
• BIOL190L KS - Senior Thesis Research Project in Biology, Second Semester

• CHEM189L KS - Senior Thesis Summer Research Project in Chemistry
• CHEM190L KS - Senior Thesis Research Project in Chemistry, Second Semester

• EA189L KS - Senior Thesis Summer Research Project in EA Science
• EA190L KS - Senior Thesis Research Project in EA Science, Second Semester

• NEUR189L KS - Senior Thesis Summer Research Project in Neuroscience
• NEUR190L KS - Senior Thesis Research Project in Neuroscience, Second Semester

• PHYS189L KS - Senior Thesis Summer Research Project in Physics
• PHYS190L KS - Senior Thesis Research Project in Physics, Second Semester
1-Semester Experimental Thesis with Lab (1 course, 1 credit)

Students interested in a 1-semester experimental thesis with lab take one of the following in the 1st or 2nd semester of the senior year:
• BIOL190L KS - Senior Thesis Research Project in Biology, Second Semester
• CHEM190L KS - Senior Thesis Research Project in Chemistry, Second Semester
• EA190L KS - Senior Thesis Research Project in EA Science, Second Semester
• NEUR190L KS - Senior Thesis Research Project in Neuroscience, Second Semester
• PHYS190L KS - Senior Thesis Research Project in Physics, Second Semester
1-Semester Library Thesis without Lab (1 course, 1 credit)

Students interested in a 1-semester library thesis without lab complete an extensive library research thesis in the 1stor 2nd semester of the senior year, chosen from:
• BIOL191 KS - One-Semester Thesis in Biology
• CHEM191 KS - One-Semester Thesis in Chemistry
• EA191 KS - One-Semester Thesis in EA Science
• NEUR191 KS - One-Semester Thesis in Neuroscience
• PHYS191 KS - One-Semester Thesis in Physics

Dual Major

Students are precluded from pursuing a dual major in Environment, Economics, and Politics (EEP) and the following disciplines:
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Economics
• Environmental Analysis
• Government
The dual major in EEP requires a minimum of 11 courses, distributed as follows:
1. Core Requirements (5-7 courses)

Economics (2 courses)

• ECON101 CM - Intermediate Microeconomics
• ECON171 CM - Environmental Economics
Statistics (1 course)

One of the following 4 courses:
• BIOL175 KS - Applied Biostatistics
• ECON120 CM - Statistics
• MATH052 CM - Introduction to Statistics
• PSYC109 CM - Introduction to Statistics for Psychologists
Science (2 -4 courses)

Choose 1 of the following options:
Option 1 (3 courses)

• BIOL044L KS - Introductory Biology
• CHEM014L KS - Basic Principles of Chemistry
• CHEM015L KS - Basic Principles of Chemistry
Option 2 (2 courses)

• BIOL044L KS - Introductory Biology
• CHEM029L KS - Accelerated General Chemistry
Option 3 (4 courses)

• BIOL040L KS - Introduction to Biological Chemistry
• BIOL044L KS - Introductory Biology
• CHEM015L KS - Basic Principles of Chemistry
• CHEM040L KS - Introduction to Biological Chemistry
2. Electives (5 courses)

Dual majors can choose 2 courses from 2 groups in the full major, and 1 course from the other group. At least 1 course from Group 3 must include a lab.
3. Senior Thesis (1 or 2 courses)

EEP majors must complete either a 1- or 2-semester senior thesis on an environmental topic in a constituent EEP discipline, which includes the natural sciences, economics, and government.
Students who plan to complete a thesis in economics are encouraged to take ECON 125 CM to fulfill one of their Group 2 elective requirements.
Students who plan to complete a thesis in biology or chemistry, read the Senior Thesis in Science information, above.
Honors in Science

To be eligible for departmental honors in a science major, students must:
• Achieve a minimum GPA of 10.5 in courses in the major;
• Complete a 1- or 2-semester thesis project in which the student has demonstrated excellence by making a significant contribution to the progress of the research, by producing a thesis document judged to be of honors quality by the department, by presenting the work in a cogent fashion, and by engaging in the departmental seminar program.
Study Abroad for Science Majors

The Keck Science Department supports study abroad for science majors, however majors need to be aware that spending a semester off-campus requires careful advanced planning and program selection. Science majors interested in study abroad should discuss their interest with their major advisors as soon as possible.
General Education Requirements for EEP Majors

General Education Requirement in Science
Every CMC student must complete one (1) laboratory science course offered by the Keck Science Department or elsewhere within the Claremont Consortium. This requirement must by satisfied by the end of the 2nd year at CMC.
General Education Requirements in the Social Sciences and Humanities
For the general education requirement in the social sciences and the humanities, EEP majors must complete appropriate courses in all 4 fields of the social sciences (economics, government, history, and psychology), together with courses in 2 of the 4 fields of the humanities (literature, philosophy, religious studies, and literature in a foreign language).
For further information on general education requirements, see General Education Requirements.

2) Environmental Analysis Major
Student Learning Outcomes of the Program in Environmental Analysis

• In addition to the Keck Science overall learning outcomes, the Environmental Analysis major also has the following outcomes:
• 1. Understand and describe the complex social, scientific, and humanistic aspects of environmental issues.
2. Understand and apply both disciplinary and interdisciplinary analysis to environmental issues.
3. Critically analyze, evaluate, and interpret scholarly arguments and popular discourse and be able to communicate this analysis to a variety of communities.
4. Develop well-reasoned solutions to environmental predicaments, testing them against relevant criteria and standards.
5. Be able to craft well-researched, informative, and effective scholarly presentations.
6. Contribute knowledge and action regarding environmental issues to the public through service learning, internships, community-based-research, and other activities.

Major Requirements

The major in Environmental Analysis requires a minimum of 15 courses, distributed below. CMC students interested in the major in Environmental Analysis should discuss the eligibility of specific courses with their faculty advisor and with EA science faculty.
1. Environmental Analysis (2 courses)

• EA010 PO - Introduction to Environmental Studies
• and one course selected from:
• EA020 PO - Nature, Culture and Society
• EA086 PZ - Environmental Justice
2. Biology (2 courses)

• BIOL043L KS - Introductory Biology
• or BIOL040L KS - Introduction to Biological Chemistry
• BIOL044L KS - Introductory Biology
3. Chemistry (1 or 2 courses)

• CHEM014L KS - Basic Principles of Chemistry
• or CHEM040L KS - Introduction to Biological Chemistry
• and
• CHEM015L KS - Basic Principles of Chemistry
• or
• CHEM029L KS - Accelerated General Chemistry
4. Earth Science (1 course)

At least 1 course in Earth Science, such as:
• EA055L KS - Physical Geography & Geomorphology
• GEOL020A PO - Intro to Geology: Geohazards
• or approved alternative
5. Upper-Division Policy (1 course)

One course selected from:
Economics

• ECON171 CM - Environmental Economics
• ECON172 PZ - Environmental Economics
Environmental Studies

• EA086 PZ - Environmental Justice
• EA095 PZ - U.S. Environmental Policy
Government

• GOVT118 CM - The Processes of Environmental Policymaking
• GOVT120 CM - Environmental Law and Policy
• GOVT120E CM - Environmental Leadership
Political Studies

• POST114 HM - Comparative Environmental Politics
• POST140 HM - Global Environmental Politics
Politics

• POLI060 PO - Global Politics of Food and Agriculture
• POLI136 PO - Environmental Justice and Policy
6. Electives (6 courses)

Six upper division environmental analysis-approved science courses selected in consultation with KSD Environmental Science faculty, including at least one or more course in ecology (e.g. BIOL 135L KS, BIOL 138 KS/BIOL 139 KS, BIOL 146L KS, etc.) and one or more that emphasizes Earth science (e.g. EA 100L KS, EA 103 KS, EA 104 KS, etc.).
Three of the courses must have a laboratory requirement.
These six courses may be cross-listed but normally may not double-count for another science major.
Biology

• BIOL135L KS - Field Biology
• BIOL138 KS - Applied Ecology and Conservation
• BIOL146L KS - Ecology with Lab
• BIOL147 KS - Biogeography
• BIOL159 KS - Natural Resource Management
• BIOL165 KS - Advanced Topics in Environmental Biology
• BIOL169L KS - Marine Ecology
• BIOL175 KS - Applied Biostatistics
• BIOL176 KS - Tropical Ecology
• BIOL187P KS - Special Topics: Herpetology
Chemistry

• CHEM139 KS - Environmental Chemistry
Earth Science

• EA100L KS - Global Climate Change
• EA103 KS - Soils and Society
• EA104 KS - Oceanography
• Any upper division Geology course (e.g. GEOL112 PO - Remote Sensing of Earth’s Environment, etc.)
7. Senior Thesis/Capstone (2 courses)

Environmental Analysis majors must fulfill the capstone requirement by completing one of the following options:
Option 1 - Thesis/Capstone

• A 1-semester fall science thesis
and one of the following:
• EA190 PO - Environmental Seminar
• An alternative course approved by the Environmental Analysis science faculty
Option 2 - Year-Long Thesis

• A 2-semester science thesis
Senior Thesis in Science

The senior thesis is a general education requirement and the capstone experience of a student’s undergraduate education. Students must complete a senior thesis in at least one of their majors under supervision of a faculty reader who teaches within that major, unless granted a special exception.
Science majors have the following senior thesis options. Refer to the major requirements above for major-specific senior thesis requirements.
2-Semester Thesis with Lab (2 courses, 2 credits)

Students interested in a 2-semester thesis with lab take one of the following pairs of courses in the 1st and 2ndsemester of the senior year:
• BIOL188L KS - Senior Thesis Research Project in Biology
• BIOL190L KS - Senior Thesis Research Project in Biology, Second Semester

• CHEM188L KS - Senior Thesis Research Project in Chemistry
• CHEM190L KS - Senior Thesis Research Project in Chemistry, Second Semester

• EA188L KS - Senior Thesis Research Project in EA Science
• EA190L KS - Senior Thesis Research Project in EA Science, Second Semester

• NEUR188L KS - Senior Thesis Research Project in Neuroscience
• NEUR190L KS - Senior Thesis Research Project in Neuroscience, Second Semester

• PHYS188L KS - Senior Thesis Research Project in Physics
• PHYS190L KS - Senior Thesis Research Project in Physics, Second Semester
2-Semester Thesis with Summer Research (2 courses, 1 credit)

Students interested in completing a 2-semester thesis by conducting a substantial research project during the summer after their junior year should register for one of the following pairs of courses in the 1st semester of the senior year. There is no credit or lab fee for 189L.
• BIOL189L KS - Senior Thesis Summer Research Project in Biology
• BIOL190L KS - Senior Thesis Research Project in Biology, Second Semester

• CHEM189L KS - Senior Thesis Summer Research Project in Chemistry
• CHEM190L KS - Senior Thesis Research Project in Chemistry, Second Semester

• EA189L KS - Senior Thesis Summer Research Project in EA Science
• EA190L KS - Senior Thesis Research Project in EA Science, Second Semester

• NEUR189L KS - Senior Thesis Summer Research Project in Neuroscience
• NEUR190L KS - Senior Thesis Research Project in Neuroscience, Second Semester

• PHYS189L KS - Senior Thesis Summer Research Project in Physics
• PHYS190L KS - Senior Thesis Research Project in Physics, Second Semester
1-Semester Experimental Thesis with Lab (1 course, 1 credit)

Students interested in a 1-semester experimental thesis with lab take one of the following in the 1st or 2nd semester of the senior year:
• BIOL190L KS - Senior Thesis Research Project in Biology, Second Semester
• CHEM190L KS - Senior Thesis Research Project in Chemistry, Second Semester
• EA190L KS - Senior Thesis Research Project in EA Science, Second Semester
• NEUR190L KS - Senior Thesis Research Project in Neuroscience, Second Semester
• PHYS190L KS - Senior Thesis Research Project in Physics, Second Semester
1-Semester Library Thesis without Lab (1 course, 1 credit)

Students interested in a 1-semester library thesis without lab complete an extensive library research thesis in the 1stor 2nd semester of the senior year, chosen from:
• BIOL191 KS - One-Semester Thesis in Biology
• CHEM191 KS - One-Semester Thesis in Chemistry
• EA191 KS - One-Semester Thesis in EA Science
• NEUR191 KS - One-Semester Thesis in Neuroscience
• PHYS191 KS - One-Semester Thesis in Physics
Note:

The Senior Thesis Research Project course (188L) or the Summer Research Project course (189L) may not be counted as elective courses in the major.
Special Options for Majors in Environmental Analysis

Dual Major in Science

Students selecting a dual major including science should discuss their program requirements with the conveners of the appropriate programs. Usually up to 2 electives in science may be waived for dual majors including science. Unless otherwise specified above or exempted by the appropriate convener of the Keck Science Department, science students with dual majors are required to complete a 1- or 2-semester thesis in science.
Honors in Science

To be eligible for departmental honors in a science major, students must:
• Achieve a minimum GPA of 10.5 in courses in the major;
• Complete a 1- or 2-semester thesis project in which the student has demonstrated excellence by making a significant contribution to the progress of the research, by producing a thesis document judged to be of honors quality by the department, by presenting the work in a cogent fashion, and by engaging in the departmental seminar program.
Study Abroad

Study Abroad is a vital, strongly encouraged part of the EAP experience, enabling students to secure a deeper appreciation for the global dimensions of our environmental situation.


Do course level sustainability learning outcomes contribute to the figure reported above (i.e. in the absence of program, division, or institution level learning outcomes)?:
Yes

A list or brief description of the course level sustainability learning outcomes and the programs for which the courses are required:

Environmental Analysis Major
Student Learning Outcomes of the Program in Environmental Analysis

In addition to the Keck Science overall learning outcomes, the Environmental Analysis major also has the following outcomes:
1. Understand and describe the complex social, scientific, and humanistic aspects of environmental issues.
2. Understand and apply both disciplinary and interdisciplinary analysis to environmental issues.
3. Critically analyze, evaluate, and interpret scholarly arguments and popular discourse and be able to communicate this analysis to a variety of communities.
4. Develop well-reasoned solutions to environmental predicaments, testing them against relevant criteria and standards.
5. Be able to craft well-researched, informative, and effective scholarly presentations.
6. Contribute knowledge and action regarding environmental issues to the public through service learning, internships, community-based-research, and other activities.

2) Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes of the Environment, Economics, and Politics (EEP) Program


The interdisciplinary EEP major is designed to achieve a variety of educational outcomes. The basic goals of the EEP major are to:
• Develop a general understanding of biology, chemistry, economics, and government policy; and
• Gain deeper knowledge of those aspects of the constituent disciplines focused on the environment.
Student Learning Outcomes of the Environment, Economics, and Politics (EEP) Program

Evidence of such understanding should be reflected in grades from upper division courses within the EEP major and a senior thesis that applies interdisciplinary methods to contribute to understanding of environmental issues.


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