Photo: Passion Puddle in Spring.

Program Description:

Students at the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences are part of a rich history of learning, innovation, service, and community. They enjoy the benefits of well established professional and pre-professional degree programs complemented by hands-on learning and extracurricular experiences.

-Our courses cover the biological spectrum, from organisms to ecosystems.

-Students often pursue groundbreaking research projects, internships, and service learning opportunities--all of which are hallmarks of an education at one of the top public research universities in the nation.

-Our school offers a wide variety of majors that provide excellent preparation for professional school (medical, dental, veterinary medicine, and law), graduate study and positions in government, industry, business, and health-related areas.

-Our graduates attend some of the most prestigious universities in the nation, and they become leaders in their fields.

We foster an environment that encourages leadership and values individuals. Our integrated teaching, research, and outreach programs offer students a complete and well-rounded education both inside and outside the classroom--and prepare students for employment and citizenship in an increasingly interrelated, global community.

Learning Goals:

At SEBS we foster in students a desire to ask questions and a need to develop critical thinking skills. In particular, the SEBS offering of the core curriculum encourages students to integrate Areas of Inquiry in both the liberal arts and sciences and Experience to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. In an effort to ensure students have the tools that they need, the SEBS core also encourages Communication, Quantitative and Formal Reasoning, and enhanced practice using Information Technology both within and outside of the primary disciplines of our students.

School Level Assessment:

We envision a hierarchical assessment process at SEBS that will address the following levels.

Level 0- Each individual instructor will report, for each course taught, specific learning goals, an assessment plan to achieve these goals, and will collect data on student achievement to improve future learning outcomes.

Level 1- The assessment committee established for each undergraduate program will be responsible for (1) ensuring Level 0 is being met for the courses in their program, (2) maintaining specific learning program-level learning goals, and assessment plan that includes collecting data and improving learning outcomes within the program,.

Level 2- The SEBS Instructional Assessment Committee, a standing committee of the School, will implement an assessment plan to evaluate achievement of SEBS learning goals and will collect data on achievement and will use these data to improve learning outcomes.

Level 3- The Dean of Academic Programs will ensure that all courses, programs, and the School as a whole, are being properly assessed, and will develop an annual report for the Executive Dean and higher levels within the University.

Assessment Committee:

Rick Ludescher - Dean of Academic and Student Programs
Thomas Leustek - Associate Dean of Academic Administration
Rebecca Jordan - Director of the Program in Science Learning
Lori White - Associate Professor of Biochemistry
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