Dr. Charles McClaugherty

Teaching Area(s): Biology

During Commencement, it is so exciting to be reminded of how much students have developed during their time at the University.

Environmental Science Learning Objectives

The environmental science major prepares you for career success in natural resources and conservation, public health, environmental monitoring and remediation, industrial environmental management, or research or education of environmental science.

With our new $23 million natural sciences facility, Bracy Hall, which opened up in the fall of 2003, environmental science students have the classroom and laboratory essentials required for functional learning.

Students also have the opportunity to take advantage of the three outdoor laboratory facilities:
The John T. Huston-Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center, which is located six miles south of campus, consists of a forest in all stages of succession, a pond and long-range research sites on over 130 acres of land.

The Ball Research forest is a 25-acre pine forest that is used for field trips, classes, and research.
The LiMRod Marsh is a headwater stream and wetland.

Students have the chance to participate in an active project in acid mine drainage remediation at Huff Run watershed restoration, long-term monitoring of hydrology and water quality in the Upper Mahoning River Watershed and regional environmental projects.  Other hands-on experiences such as internships, field trips and service learning are also available.

Environmental Science Learning Objectives:

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to plan and execute experiments that demonstrate the use and understanding of modern instruments, accurate quantitative measurements, appropriate recording skills, safe lab practices, and appropriate use of computer applications.     
  • Students will demonstrate their ability to communicate effectively in written and oral form, demonstrating the ability to create an appropriate annotated bibliography and the ability to use effective presentation skills.
  • Students will develop a sense of community responsibility by becoming aware of scientific issues in the larger social context.
  • Students will demonstrate interpretative skills including the ability to analyze data statistically, assess reliability, interpret results and draw reasonable conclusions.
  • Students will become well grounded in laws and theories of chemistry by demonstrating and applying the scientific method, developing a synthetic strategy toward a target molecule and effective use of chemical literature.
  • Students will develop standards of professional behavior that include rules of ethics and etiquette.

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