Sustainability Sciences Mission and SLOs

BS in Sustainability Science

BS in Sustainability Science Mission

The Sustainability Science program in the Center for Sustainability Studies at Kean University, the only one of its kind in New Jersey and one of a very small number of comparable programs nationwide, has the mission of providing students from diverse backgrounds with extraordinary educational experiences, including coursework, research opportunities, and an internship, necessary to understand and confront contemporary environmental, societal, and economic issues best examined and addressed by sustainability science; to prepare them for employment in the growing fields associated with sustainability; and/or to prepare them for graduate programs in sustainability and/or law school programs associated with sustainability. The program does this by guiding students in the educational experiences that will provide them with the knowledge, skills, abilities, and experiences that will position them to demonstrate comprehension of: 1) the unique characteristics of Earth that have facilitated the development and evolution of life as we know it, 2) the human actions and behaviors that are compromising these characteristics, 3) the reasons behind why humans are acting and behaving in unsustainable ways, and 4) the solutions that will produce long-term reversal, if not elimination, of unsustainable actions and behaviors in favor of those that are sustainable. The program seeks to empower students to embrace sustainable lifestyles whereby they will serve as change agents for others in their personal and professional communities.


BS in Sustainability Science Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

SLO 1: Describe of the unique characteristics of Earth that have facilitated the development and evolution of life as we know it, the foundations of sustainability.

SLO 2: Name and explain the human actions and behaviors that are compromising these characteristics.

SLO 3: Identify and appraise the reasons behind why humans are acting and behaving in unsustainable ways.

SLO 4: Identify and evaluate of the solutions that will produce long-term reversal, if not elimination, of unsustainable actions and behaviors in favor of those that are sustainable.

SLO 5: Practice a commitment to sustainability and the importance of being a change agent for others.

KU Student Outcomes (KU): Kean University graduates should be able to:

1. Think critically, creatively and globally;

2. Adapt to changing social, economic, and technological environments;

3. Serve as active and contributing members of their communities; and

4. Advance their knowledge in the traditional disciplines (GE) and enhance their skills in professional areas

 

**General Education Student Learning Outcomes

Knowledge (GE-K): Students will demonstrate proficiency in knowledge and content by:

(K1) applying the scientific method to comprehend natural concepts and processes;

(K2) evaluating major theories and concepts in social sciences;

(K3) relating historical references to literature; and

(K4) evaluating major theories and concepts in the fine arts.

 

Skills (GE-S): Students will demonstrate the skills necessary to:

(S1) write to communicate and clarify learning;

(S2) communicate effectively through speech;

(S3) solve problems using quantitative reasoning;

(S4) think critically about concepts in multiple disciplines; and

(S5) show information literacy


Values (GE-V): Students will demonstrate personal, social and ethical responsibility as a part of lifelong learning through:

(V1) personal responsibility;

(V2) ethical & social responsibility;

(V3) active in social & civic engagement;

(V4) respect for diverse culture; and

(V5) lifelong learning

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