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ERM Learning Goals and Objectives
Goal 1. Scientific Analysis of Environmental Issues
Students should be able to analyze scientific aspects of various environmental issues.
Objective 1: Analysis
Students should be able to analyze the scientific aspects of various environmental issues such as human biology and toxicology; ecosystems and biodiversity; environmental chemistry; energy and technology; environmental geology and hydrologic systems, and probability and inferential statistics.
Goal 2: Public Policy Analysis
Students should be able to evaluate public policy as it relates to environmental issues.
Objective 1: Economic Analysis
Students should be able to evaluate trade-offs, efficiency and market failures, conduct benefit-cost and cost-effectiveness analysis, calculate net present value, understand fairness and sustainability and the structuring of incentives.
Objective 2: Political Analysis
Students should be aware of political power and resources, understand the stages of the policy process, and strategies and tactics.
Goal 3: Law and Compliance
Students should be able to analyze legal issues and comply with legal requirements as they relate to the environment.
Objective 1: Legal Analysis
Students should be able to apply the general principles of common law, statutory law, administrative rule-making, constitutional due process and appellate review to environmental issues.
Objective 2: Legal Analysis
Students should ascertain the legal consequences of actions and facts by finding the law, analyzing and evaluating its applicability, and updating it through Shepardizing.
Objective 3: Determining Regulatory Requirements
Students should be familiar with recordkeeping and reporting, permits, labeling and information, ambiant and emission standards.
Goal 4: Critically Evaluating and Synthesizing Knowledge
Objective 1: Evaluate
Students should be able to weigh the preponderance of evidence for
competing theories or arguments.
Students should be able to critically evaluate strengths and
limitations of world views and disciplinary paradigms.
Objective 3: Synthesis
Students should be able to synthesize world views and disciplinary