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Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the AFS degree, graduates will:

Agricultural Systems

Identify the basic human, socioeconomic, environmental, and biophysical dimensions of agricultural and food systems at the local, regional, and global levels.

  • Apply systems thinking and principles to explore linkages and leverage points in agricultural and food systems.
  • Describe how physical, social, and political factors impact global agriculture and food systems.

Scientific Reasoning

Describe the context and scientific basis of current practice and future changes in agricultural and food systems.

  • Interpret and integrate basic and applied science knowledge to explain and evaluate agricultural and food systems.
  • Collect, analyze and interpret scientific data to inform decision making.
  • Discern appropriate scientific evidence and research to inform decisions.

Critical Thinking

Evaluate real-world agricultural and food systems and paradigms considering agricultural science, social, economic, and environmental outcomes.

  • Obtain and apply scholarly information to expand student understanding and knowledge of agricultural systems.
  • Identify the scientific, cultural, economic, and environmental context and diverse perspectives influencing agricultural food systems.
  • Understand the students’ own values and perspectives in shaping agricultural food systems.
  • Draw conclusions and make recommendations based on an understanding of the system, scientific evidence, contextual factors, and desired outcomes.

Science and Professional Communication

Communicate scientific principles, research, and findings to diverse audiences.

  • Deliver professional oral and written communication.
  • Use graphic representation to present data and scientific findings.
  • Work effectively as a member of a team and collaboratively across disciplines.