Learning Goals for the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment

The Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment was established in 1993 and is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary program that builds on one of the nation's leading undergraduate environmental studies programs. The center fosters research, education and curriculum development aimed at understanding contemporary ecological challenges. The center established a Certificate Program for students in 1999. The Certificate Program is designed to foster environmental thinking on campus. Students in the program will develop the following skills:

  • Objectively assess and effectively marshal information to under­stand contemporary environmental problems.
  • Integrate information and concepts about environmental issues from different disciplines and perspectives to achieve a creative and innovative synthesis.
  • Understand connections among components of complex environmental systems.
  • Develop effective presentations that have high levels of rigor and clarity, and that facilitate dialogue among faculty and students.
  • Draw connections between practical and theoretical learning.