What do we expect from you?

By the time you graduate, we expect that your education at URI will provide you with the critical knowledge, skills, and perspectives that will foster your success throughout your life.

We ask that you dedicate yourself to learning while you are here at URI. The rewards will be countless. Your studies and your cocurricular experiences will help you to:

  1. Build a solid base of knowledge in your major.
  2. Communicate effectively with the people you encounter in your work and personal life.
  3. Develop awareness and perspective regarding your personal engagement as a member of the global community.

The College has established the following list of expectations for your learning here at URI. Please study the list and use it as a road map for your education.

We suggest that you review it regularly and discuss it with your academic advisor. This list will help you track your educational progress each semester and measure your level of achievement at the end of your undergraduate studies.
We wish you all the best during your years with us in the College of the Environment and Life Sciences.


Depth and Application of Knowledge

You will acquire knowledge and skills necessary for a professional position or graduate/professional training in your discipline. You will:

  1. Know facts, principles, concepts, and theories central to your discipline.
  2. Use equipment and techniques commonly employed in your field.
  3. Meet standards applied by professional societies, where appropriate.
  4. Integrate and apply knowledge and skills to solve specific problems.

Quantitative Competence

You will identify and use appropriate quantitative methods to analyze physical, biological, or social phenomena. You will:

  1. Understand basic mathematical and statistical terms and concepts.
  2. Use computational and analytical tools to evaluate data.
  3. Form inferences, judgements, and conclusions based on your analyses.

Methods of Inquiry

You will understand and use methods of inquiry appropriate to your discipline. You will:

  1. Use observation, exploration, experimentation, and simulation to gain knowledge.
  2. Formulate and test hypotheses.
  3. Recognize the limitations of the methods you use.

You will use acquired knowledge, skills, and ingenuity to solve complex problems. You will be able to:

Problem solving

  1. Recognize the existence and scope of a problem.
  2. Use existing information to develop problemsolving strategies.
  3. Choose and implement an appropriate strategy.
  4. Evaluate results and refine strategy accordingly.
  5. Draw and communicate conclusions.
  6. Implement solutions effectively.


Information Management

You will gather and interpret information from diverse sources. You will be able to:

  1. Locate, compile, and organize information using a variety of techniques and current technology.
  2. Critically evaluate various sources of information.


You will communicate clearly and effectively using a variety of methods. You will be able to:

  1. Speak in an articulate manner and present ideas and knowledge effectively.
  2. Write logically and effectively for diverse audiences.
  3. Use discipline specific modes of graphic communication.
  4. Be able to listen effectively and respond appropriately.

Multidisciplinary Perspective

You will recognize the value of, and participate in, multidisciplinary teams. You will:

  1. Understand the perspectives and scope of related disciplines.
  2. Interact effectively with peers and other professionals.

Personal Growth

Ethical Principles

You will understand and apply ethical principles to issues, problems, and professional practices. You will:

  1. Develop a personal environmental ethic.
  2. Be conversant in the ethical standards of your profession.

Global Awareness

You will develop an awareness of global community and ecology in their physical, biological, and social dimensions. You will:

  1. Become familiar with Earth systems and how they have been modified by human activity over time.
  2. Recognize and appreciate the diversity of human cultures and their relationships to local and global ecosystems.

You will develop a sense of responsibility to self, community, and society. You will:

Personal Development

  1. Use reflection and selfevaluation to set goals for personal improvement.
  2. Recognize the value of being a contributing member of your community and society.
  3. Understand and respect differences among diverse populations.