Student Learning Outcomes and Program Objectives

  1. Students will be able to describe the role water plays in the lithosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere, with emphasis on interactions between these reservoirs.
  2. Students will apply the scientific method to investigations of hydrologic processes, Earth systems, and interactions among the various physical and biological realms utilizing standard scientific field and laboratory methods.
  3. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the hydrology of streams and lake systems and the role water has in landscape‑forming processes that act on the Earth's surface.
  4. Students will be able to describe the processes of and importance of groundwater flow and aquifer systems.
  5. Students will be able to compare chemical interactions that occur in various hydrologic settings and their importance to water resources, geological and biological systems, and water/wastewater treatment.
  6. Students will be able to describe the role water plays in atmospheric systems and the climate system.
  7. Students will be able to describe the interactions between water systems and ecosystems.
  8. Students will be able to describe the challenges of maintaining surface and ground water quality.
  9. Students will apply their knowledge base and research skills to current issues pertaining to water resources, management, and remediation, with emphasis on related economic, social, and public policy dimensions.
  10. Students will analyze, interpret, and report on laboratory and field findings using appropriate statistical techniques and computer applications.