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Program Educational Objectives

 
 
 

Environmental Studies Minor

Objective 1.1: Students will integrate knowledge from multiple disciplines representing physical and life sciences perspectives, political and economic perspectives, and social and cultural perspectives on humans’ interactions with their environments.

Objective 1.2: Students will contribute to and facilitate interdisciplinary research and problem solving, through independent and collaborative work involving systems thinking and design thinking techniques.

Objective 2.1: Students will be able to use quantitative tools and techniques to analyze, implement, envision, assess, and report sustainability efforts. Examples of such tools and techniques are: geographic information systems (GIS) and other monitoring and reporting technology, common sustainability assessment and reporting frameworks, survey design and statistical analysis, and techniques of written and visual communication.

Objective 2.2: Students will be able to use qualitative tools and techniques to analyze, implement, envision, and report sustainability efforts. Examples of such tools and techniques are: creation and interpretation of surveys and interviews, and of artistic, literary, historical, and philosophical works.

Objective 2.3: Students will be able to effectively participate in and contribute to collaborative community engagement projects.

Objective 3.1: Students will develop a sensitivity to the importance of place, history, and culture through place-based learning and community collaboration.

Objective 3.2: Students will demonstrate an understanding of how the arts, humanities, and social sciences create, interpret, and analyze cultural narratives that influence humans’ interactions with their environments.

View a curriculum map showing how each course contributes to the ENS minor educational objectives.

Sustainable Food Systems Undergraduate Certificate

Please note that the following objectives have been proposed but not yet finalized by the ENS Advisory Board.

Objective 1. Students will integrate interdisciplinary understanding of multiple perspectives in food systems, food justice, environmental stewardship, nutrition, community, and the impacts of sustainable food systems on society and the environment.

Objective 2. Students will apply practical gardening, recycling, and composting skills to projects at the GVSU Sustainable Agriculture Project campus farm site.

Objective 3. Students will synthesize social and cultural perspectives with scientific findings to understand food needs of different communities.

Objective 4. Students will analyze varying food advocacy efforts (production, distribution, environmental stewardship, and others) to distinguish between effective and ineffective techniques to support local food production, distribution, and environmental stewardship for the next generation.

Objective 5. Students will adapt best practices in food safety to different situational contexts, such as: on-farm, through food recovery projects, and commercial and/or charitable food distribution sites.

View a curriculum map showing how each course contributes to the SFS undergraduate certificate educational objectives (not yet available).