Mission and Outcomes

Goals

Graduates of our program will be able to:

  • Review pertinent literature, synthesize, identify research and knowledge gaps
  • Collect, manage, analyze and interpret data from the lab, field and literature
  • Recognize limitations of data
  • Design studies to address knowledge gaps
  • Communicate clearly in written, visual and oral forms
  • Work independently, collaboratively and in a leadership capacity
  • Apply knowledge and research to real-world issues in southern Alberta (within the context of sharing discoveries with stakeholders and the community)
  • Collaborate and communicate knowledgeably with experts in other disciplines
  • Recognize professional abilities and limitations
  • Understand the societal relevance as well as the legal and regulatory frameworks of environmental issues

Outcomes

Knowledge

Graduates of our program will be able to:

  • Describe the climatic and geological settings of a region, particularly Alberta
  • Apply key biological processes in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems alongside physical processes in hydrology or hydrogeology to deduce the actual or potential effects of human activities on natural systems
  • Describe key chemical and physical components of air, land and water as well as understand the natural processes and human activities that affect them
  • Apply the principles of mass-balance to understand chemical processes in natural or impacted systems
  • Recognize the variability inherent in the natural environment and that can occur during measurements of the environment
  • Explain and apply the key features of provincial (Alberta) and federal (Canada) environmental regulations and environmental impact studies and understand the role of communities and stakeholders in decision making
  • Apply sophisticated expertise in one of the component disciplines of environmental science, ideally recognized by a relevant professional designation

Skills

Graduate of our program will be able to:

  • Design strategies to collect information that is unbiased
  • Application of the scientific method
  • Obtain and critically evaluate previous work on a study system, with priority to peer reviewed studies
  • Obtain field samples with appropriate procedural standards for collection and documentation
  • Manage data and metadata such that others can use them
  • Statistically analyze data with attention to statistical assumptions
  • Work collaboratively and efficiently with others to produce joint products (reports, presentations, etc.)
  • Identify and obtain the physical and social history of an area subject to environmental changes
  • Assess air, land and water quality using chemical, biological and physical data
  • Identify and quantify plant and animal species
  • Write scientific and policy reports efficiently with the appropriate structure, language, and formatting
  • Give effective oral presentations by engaging with the audience and presenting clear visuals
  • Design poster presentations that are visually compelling and that succinctly communicate a substantial message