Learning Outcomes

  1. Learn proper field techniques for collecting and analyzing environmental data. This includes the collection, logging and monitoring of field samples (various media); the drilling and logging of soil-boring(s); the collection stream flow data; and may include other hydrological data. Proficiency of these techniques supports primarily the employment goal for this program, however, many 4-year environmental programs require some proficiency of field techniques.
  2. Acquire skills for working with other investigators through experiential learning activities. Proficiency in working with other individuals supports the employment goal of this program.
  3. Demonstrate basic GIS skills, these should include the ability to acquire raster images for maps, create arid edit geographic data on a map, and collect & process GPS data, and add labels to a map. Proficiency in GIS mapping supports both of the goals of this program (this is further explained under relevant associations).
  4. Obtain receipt of federal OSHA HazWoper certification, involving training under OSHA workplace hazard communication standard for workers at hazardous waste sites (Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency Response-HazWoper). Certification supports the employment goal of this program, however, it also supports students obtaining useful internships while as a student here at Onondaga).
  5. Students graduating from the program should be able to analyze scientific data and demonstrate this by preparing a laboratory report. This outcome also demonstrates skills in mathematics, graphical analysis, contaminant transport analysis, critical thinking, and technical writing. Proficiency with these skills supports primarily the ability of students to transfer to 4-year environmental, geoscience and/or biotechnology programs.
  6. Complete 40-hour internship allows students to engage in non-classroom learning activities. Proficiency in this outcome supports both the employment goal for this program and the transfer to a 4-year program goal for the program. For students interested in employment, this allows contact with one or more possible employers in the outside community. For students interested in transferring to a 4 -year institution, this allows students to pursue college-level research that can help support their transfer applications.