The School of Earth and Sustainability (SES) recognizes seven learning outcomes to transform sustainability learning, moving beyond disciplinary knowledge in a given field to exposing students to sustainability principles and systems thinking with an explicit focus on the interdependence of ecological, social, and economic systems. The sustainability learning outcomes are:
1. Systems thinking and organizing complexity. Students should have a grounded understanding of sustainability and how systems are interrelated. Students should be able to use systems thinking for research and for practical problem-solving.
2. Interdisciplinary collaboration and integration. Students should have experience with multiple disciplines and show the capability to work productively and effectively within cross-disciplinary teams.
3. 21st century national and international challenges. Students should demonstrate a capacity to address 21st century national and international environmental as well as cultural challenges.
4. Current local and regional resilience challenges. Students should develop the means to indicate how sustainability issues are impacting their immediate social, economic, and political environment.
5. Civic engagement and community partnership. Students should recognize and advocate for civic engagement and inclusive practices for applying sustainability principles to local issues.
6. Personal agency and professional responsibility. Students should learn ethical principles of sustainability and how they are connected to practical issues of social justice, and environmental-economic equity.
7. Information competency. Students should develop proficiency in finding and using reliable data and documentation for support of their sustainability projects.