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Geography and Philosophy


UMD’s ES Program Assessment is centered on the following seven learning outcomes:

  1. Analyze and Explain Key Environmental and Social Problems (interactions)
  2. Analyze and Explain Key Solutions to Environmental and Social Problems
  3. Analyze and Explain Barriers to the Implementation of Solutions
  4. Demonstrate Ability to Implement Solutions in Community or Region
  5. Demonstrate Effective Written, Graphical and Oral Communications
  6. Demonstrate Effective Research and Project Development skills
  7. Apply Learning in Their Own Life Choices

Students demonstrate their learning progress via a wide variety of assessment measures including exams, written assignments, project development proposals, project presentations, community project work and an ongoing quantitative assessment (Ecological Footprint) of their social, economic and environmental consumption impacts.