Graduate Interdisciplinary assessment plans

  • Atmospheric Science M.S.

    Mission Statement

    The mission of the UNR Atmospheric Sciences (hereafter ATMS) teaching program is to train graduate students in the theoretical, experimental, and technological foundations of meteorology and climatology, atmospheric physics, atmospheric chemistry and air quality, and to prepare these scientists to be leaders in the multiple avenues of atmospheric research and education. The goal of the M.S. program in ATMS is to prepare and educate students in the application of existing or new methods in conducting theoretical studies, and developing and applying instruments and measuring techniques in the earth-atmosphere system.

    Program Outcomes

    1. Students will progress in the master's program after the second semesters following enrollment.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • With assistance from the advisor, each student will develop and submit a formal program of study.
    • Each student will form a graduate committee.

    Assessment Method

    • Graduate Director will monitor how many students have programs of study and provide the statistics.
    • Graduate Director will monitor how many students have committees and provide the statistics.

    2. Students will write and defend a thesis which makes a significant scientific contribution in the Atmospheric Sciences.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • Each student will write a thesis on a topic approved by her/his committee.
    • Each student will make an oral defense of her/his thesis.

    Assessment Method

    • The advisor and the graduate committee will assess (Approved/Disapproved) student's thesis.
    • The advisor and the graduate committee will assess (Approved/Disapproved) student's oral defense of the thesis.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    1. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of theoretical and observational aspects of Atmospheric Sciences.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • Academic achievements through exams, seminars, and teaching activities.

    Assessment Method

    • Advisor assesses student's achievements using her/his exam grades, seminar and teaching evaluations on this scale: fully meeting expectations, substantially meeting expectations, substantially failing expectations. Graduate director approves the assessments and compiles the results.

    2. Students will be able to engage with the observational and theoretical aspects of research studies (numerical and graphical analysis of data and modeling results, writing reports, operating and developing instruments, working with models, etc.).

    Student Performance Indicators

    • Achievements through student's participation in the observational and theoretical aspects of research studies (numerical and graphical analysis of data and modeling results, writing reports, operating and developing instruments, working with models, etc.).

    Assessment Method

    • Advisor subjectively assesses student's achievements on this scale: fully meeting expectations, substantially meeting expectations, substantially failing expectations. Graduate director approves the assessments and compiles the results.

    3. Students will be able to demonstrate achievement in communication skills.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • Students will present research results at professional conferences and submit articles for publication.

    Assessment Method

    • Advisor subjectively assesses student's achievements using her/his interest and participation in poster, conference and seminar presentations, and authoring and co-authoring scientific publications on this scale: fully meeting expectations, substantially meeting expectations, substantially failing expectations. Graduate director approves the assessments and compiles the results.
  • Atmospheric Science Ph.D.

    Mission Statement

    The mission of the University of Nevada, Reno Atmospheric Sciences (hereafter ATMS) teaching program is to train graduate students in the theoretical, experimental, and technological foundations of meteorology and climatology, atmospheric physics, atmospheric chemistry and air quality, and to prepare these scientists to be leaders in the multiple avenues of atmospheric research and education.  The goal of the Ph.D. program in ATMS is to prepare and educate students, resulting in innovative ideas that can advance our understanding and knowledge of the earth-atmosphere system in terms of process studies, modeling, and instrumentation.

    Program Outcomes

    1. Students will progress in the Ph.D. program after the second semesters following enrollment.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • With assistance by the advisor, each student will develop and submit a formal program of study.
    • Each student will form a graduate committee.

    Assessment Method

    • Graduate Director will monitor how many students have programs of study and provide statistics.
    • Graduate Director will monitor how many students have committees and provide statistics.

    2. Students will complete the comprehensive exam in order to be admitted to Ph.D. candidacy.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • Each student will schedule and complete the comprehensive exam.

    Assessment Method

    • The student's graduate committee will assess (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) results from the comprehensive exam.

    3. Students will write and defend a dissertation which makes a significant scientific contribution in the Atmospheric Sciences.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • Each student will write a dissertation on a topic approved by her/his committee.
    • Each student will make an oral defense of her/his dissertation.

    Assessment Method

    • The advisor and the graduate committee will assess (Approved/Disapproved) student's dissertation.
    • The advisor and the graduate committee will assess (Approved/Disapproved) student's oral defense of the dissertation.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    1. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of theoretical and observational aspects of Atmospheric Sciences.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • Academic achievements through exams, seminars, and teaching activities.

    Assessment Method

    • Advisor subjectively assesses student's achievements on this scale: fully meeting expectations, substantially meeting expectations, substantially failing expectations. Graduate director approves the assessments and compiles the results.

    2. Students will be able to engage with the observational and theoretical aspects of research studies (numerical and graphical analysis of data and modeling results, writing reports, operating and developing instruments, working with models, etc.).

    Student Performance Indicators

    • Achievements through student's participation in the observational and theoretical aspects of research studies (numerical and graphical analysis of data and modeling results, writing reports, operating and developing instruments, working with models, etc.).

    Assessment Method

    • Advisor subjectively assesses student's achievements on this scale: fully meeting expectations, substantially meeting expectations, substantially failing expectations. Graduate director approves the assessments and compiles the results.

    3. Students will be able to demonstrate achievement in communication skills.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • Each student will schedule and complete the comprehensive exam.

    Assessment Method

    • The student's graduate committee will assess (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) results from the comprehensive exam.
  • Cell and Molecular Biology M.S.

    Mission Statement

    The interdisciplinary graduate program in Molecular Bioscience and Biotechnology will prepare students for careers in basic biological and biomedical research, industry, and teaching. The degrees within the program are structured to involve the student in course work to develop a knowledge base, scholarly approaches, as well as writing and speaking skills. In addition, the program will provide laboratory training to teach the experimental approach to biological problems. Students are expected to make substantial scientific contributions in their chosen field in their thesis work.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    1. Students will be able to demonstrate proficiency for independent development of research design and methods.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • Students will make oral presentations
    • Students will share their opinions on course content
    • Students develop independent research design and methods
    • Student will complete qualifying and comprehensive examination proficiency
    • Students will present descriptive and numerical solutions to exam questions
    • Students will develop written material/articles for publication and/or presentations

    Assessment Method

    • Evaluation by Thesis/Dissertation Committee of presentations in seminars, at the Annual Research Retreat, and at scientific meetings.
    • Faculty will evaluate student course evaluations
    • Evaluation of the Thesis/Dissertation by faculty committee
    • Evaluation by Thesis/Dissertation Committee
    • Course and Qualifying Exam and related exam grades (doctoral students)
    • Evaluation by Thesis/Dissertation Committee of manuscripts submitted to scientific journals.

    2. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the instrumentation, laboratory procedures, and data analysis for bioscience / biotechnology research.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • Students will summarize research methods.
    • Student will propose Thesis & Dissertation
    • Students will perform laboratory research skills

    Assessment Method

    • Evaluation by Thesis/Dissertation Mentor and Committee
    • Evaluation by Thesis/Dissertation Committee
    • Evaluation by Thesis/Dissertation Mentor and Committee

    3. Students will be able to assess and adapt to new avenues of scientific inquiry that offer interdisciplinary and practical applications to societal needs related to bioscience and biotechnology.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • Students will complete interdisciplinary studies and course work
    • Students will apply Thesis/Dissertation results beyond the student's specialization

    Assessment Method

    • Course grades and evaluation by Thesis/Dissertation Committee
    • Evaluation by Thesis/Dissertation Committee

    4. Students will be able to demonstrate written and oral presentation skills.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • Students will complete exams, write essays, and prepare numerical solutions
    • Student will prepare and make oral presentations
    • Student will properly structure Thesis/Dissertation content
    • Students will prepare scientific publications

    Assessment Method

    • Performance in course work
    • Evaluation by Thesis/Dissertation Committee of presentations in seminars, at the Annual Research Retreat, and at scientific meetings.
    • Evaluation by Thesis/Dissertation Committee
    • Evaluation by Thesis/Dissertation Committee of manuscripts submitted to scientific journals.
  • Cell and Molecular Biology Ph.D.

    Mission Statement

    The Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology (CMPP) program is an interdisciplinary graduate program that offers graduate studies culminating in the Doctor of Philosophy degree and prepares the students for careers in basic biological and biomedical research, industry, and teaching. Research emphasis encompasses areas such as molecular pharmacology, molecular biology of ion channels, cell physiology, developmental and reproductive biology, cardiovascular pharmacology, autonomic pharmacology and neuropharmacology. The program is designed to prepare the student for a competitive research and teaching career in pharmacology or physiology. A flexible, multidisciplinary basic sciences curriculum, combined with advanced pharmacology and physiology courses, provides the foundation of knowledge needed for subsequent research activities. Individual laboratory attention by the faculty allows the student to develop skills in experimental design, execution, and analysis; statistics; literature searching; grant writing; manuscript preparation; oral presentations; and laboratory management. The focus of the doctoral research may be tailored to the student's interests, goals, and abilities. The program typically requires four full years to complete.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    1. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of principles of physiology and pharmacology and integrate this information in problem solving scenarios.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • 70% Fully meeting expectations
    • 20% Substantially meeting expectations
    • 10% Substantially failing expectations

    Assessment Method

    • Performance when taking tests in physiology and pharmacology given to medical students
    • Ability to answer general background questions during scientific research rounds, journal clubs, comprehensive exam and final defense
    • Evaluation by Thesis Committee

    2. Students will be able to demonstrate effective oral communication skills. 

    Student Performance Indicators

    • 80% Substantially meeting expectations
    • 20% Fully meeting expectations
    • 0% Substantially failing expectations

    Assessment Method

    • Oral scientific presentations at research rounds on an annual basis which are mandatory for all senior graduate students
    • At least one presentation per year at a journal club for all students
    • Scientific presentations (posters and/or oral communications) at meetings held locally (Bierkamper Symposium, Granlibakken), or nationally and internationally (Biophysical Society Meeting, Faseb, AHA, Neuroscience Meeting, and several others)
    • Attendance to in-house and visiting speaker seminars
    • Evaluation by Thesis Committee

    3. Students will be able to demonstrate effective writing skills. 

    Student Performance Indicators

    • 30% Substantially meeting expectations
    • 70% Substantially failing expectations
    • 0% Fully meeting expectations

    Assessment Method

    • Exam essay questions
    • Written assignments and laboratory reports
    • Manuscript writing
    • Evaluation by Thesis Committee

    4. Students will be able to demonstrate independent and critical thinking abilities which will enable them to contribute significantly to the advancement of knowledge in physiology and pharmacology.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • 10% Fully meeting expectations
    • 40% Substantially meeting expectations
    • 50% Substantially failing expectations

    Assessment Method

    • Performance at research rounds where students have to present an account of the state of knowledge in their field, a summary of their experimental work and interpretation of the results obtained
    • Abstract and manuscript writing
    • Ability to design experimental protocols independently
    • Evaluation by Thesis Committee
  • Cellular & Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology Ph.D>

    Mission Statement

    The Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology (CMPP) program is an interdisciplinary graduate program that offers graduate studies culminating in the Doctor of Philosophy degree and prepares the students for careers in basic biological and biomedical research, industry, and teaching. Research emphasis encompasses areas such as molecular pharmacology, molecular biology of ion channels, cell physiology, developmental and reproductive biology, cardiovascular pharmacology, autonomic pharmacology and neuropharmacology. The program is designed to prepare the student for a competitive research and teaching career in pharmacology or physiology. A flexible, multidisciplinary basic sciences curriculum, combined with advanced pharmacology and physiology courses, provides the foundation of knowledge needed for subsequent research activities. Individual laboratory attention by the faculty allows the student to develop skills in experimental design, execution, and analysis; statistics; literature searching; grant writing; manuscript preparation; oral presentations; and laboratory management. The focus of the doctoral research may be tailored to the student's interests, goals, and abilities. The program typically requires four full years to complete.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    1. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of principles of physiology and pharmacology and integrate this information in problem solving scenarios.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • 70% Fully meeting expectations
    • 20% Substantially meeting expectations
    • 10% Substantially failing expectations

    Assessment Method

    • Performance when taking tests in physiology and pharmacology given to medical students
    • Ability to answer general background questions during scientific research rounds, journal clubs, comprehensive exam and final defense
    • Evaluation by Thesis Committee

    2. Students will be able to demonstrate effective oral communication skills. 

    Student Performance Indicators

    • 80% Substantially meeting expectations
    • 20% Fully meeting expectations
    • 0% Substantially failing expectations

    Assessment Method

    • Oral scientific presentations at research rounds on an annual basis which are mandatory for all senior graduate students
    • At least one presentation per year at a journal club for all students
    • Scientific presentations (posters and/or oral communications) at meetings held locally (Bierkamper Symposium, Granlibakken), or nationally and internationally (Biophysical Society Meeting, Faseb, AHA, Neuroscience Meeting, and several others)
    • Attendance to in-house and visiting speaker seminars
    • Evaluation by Thesis Committee

    3. Students will be able to demonstrate effective writing skills. 

    Student Performance Indicators

    • 30% Substantially meeting expectations
    • 70% Substantially failing expectations
    • 0% Fully meeting expectations

    Assessment Method

    • Exam essay questions
    • Written assignments and laboratory reports
    • Manuscript writing
    • Evaluation by Thesis Committee

    4. Students will be able to demonstrate independent and critical thinking abilities which will enable them to contribute significantly to the advancement of knowledge in physiology and pharmacology.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • 10% Fully meeting expectations
    • 40% Substantially meeting expectations
    • 50% Substantially failing expectations

    Assessment Method

    • Performance at research rounds where students have to present an account of the state of knowledge in their field, a summary of their experimental work and interpretation of the results obtained
    • Abstract and manuscript writing
    • Ability to design experimental protocols independently
    • Evaluation by Thesis Committee
  • Cybersecurity Certificate

    Student Learning Outcomes

    1. Students will be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the origins, nature, and current issues in cybersecurity and its related activities using precise terminology.
    2. Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to design, prototype and test cybersecurity solutions.
    3. Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to work with local and regional stakeholders to identify cybersecurity& risks.
    4. Students will be able to compare and contrast international cybersecurity policies, strategies, and capabilities.
    5. Students will be able to analyze and apply lessons from prominent international cybersecurity case studies.
  • Ecology, Evolution, & Conservation Biology Ph.D.

    Mission Statement

    Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology is a graduate program in the biological sciences that promotes Ph.D. education in theoretical, experimental, and applied aspects of these sciences. The program prepares students with coursework, laboratory and field training, and research experience to contribute as professionals to assist society in meeting the many environmental challenges it faces.

    Program Outcomes

    1. Graduates will be prepared for positions intheir field upon graduation.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • Postdoctoral position: The proportion of each cohort obtaining postdoctoral positions within one year of graduation.
    • Tenure-track position for students interested in academia: The proportion of each cohort obtaining a tenure track or permanent position five years after graduation.

    Assessment Method

    • Virtually all tenure-track academic jobs in this field require several years of postdoctoral experience.
    • Obtaining a permanent job for those interested in agencies, non-governmental organizations, consulting firms. This is the goal for which students have been in training, and its achievement is a major indicator of the student's and the program's merit.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    1. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge ofthe theoretical and empirical basis of ecology, evolution, conservation biology, and related fields.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • Relevant 700-level courses readily available to each cohort of students.
    • Average scores of a cohort in the comprehensive examination (some quality control may be necessary to ensure that uniform grading standards are applied within and among cohorts).
    • Proportion of different rating scores per cohort (again, some quality control may be necessary to ensure that uniform grading standards are applied within and among cohorts).

    Assessment Method

    • Number of relevant graduate courses offered by EECB or in other programs or departments on a regular basis. Students have complained about a lack of EECB core courses and predictable course offerings, lack of 700-level courses in key areas (e.g., biostatistics, advanced ecology, plant ecology, ecosystem ecology), and too few hands-on, techniques-oriented courses. This clearly reflects on program quality.
    • Comprehensive examination: All students must pass a written comprehensive exam covering ecology, evolution, conservation biology, and research design. The examination is prepared and graded by the student's committee. Passing this examination is a major accomplishment and is an excellent way to judge a student's understanding of these disciplines.
    • Oral examination. This is the final step prior to advancement to candidacy and tests not only how well prepared the student is to undertake his or her dissertation research but also how well he or she understand its theoretical basis. Each student's major professor will be asked to write a brief summary of the oral examination with a rating score (e.g., outstanding, very good, etc.).

    2. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the application of computer tools, conceptual and analytical models, data analysis techniques, and field and laboratory procedures.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • Performance in research design course (EECB 750)and average grade and evaluation score of cohort in EECB 750.
    • Research rotation: The percentage of research rotations resulting in a publication in a refereed journal per cohort
    • Dissertation: The average number and quality of publications resulting from each cohort's dissertations.

    Assessment Method

    • This course, EECB 750, is taken by all our students within their first three semesters. The grade in this course is a good first-approximation of a student's ability to complete his or her degree. There should be enough consistency in grading standards across years to make comparisons meaningful, the instructor in the course. Dr. Stephen Jenkins, has agreed to write a brief evaluation of each EECB student taking the course.
    • The purpose of the research rotation (one is required for students entering with an masters degree, two for those coming in with a bachelor's degree) is to broaden the student's familiarity with research techniques that would not normally be used in his or her dissertation research. The supervising professor writes an evaluation of the project and assigns a grade to the student, one measure of success, but the real test of is whether the project results in a publication.
    • The successful completion of a dissertation in EECB requires substantial expertise in conceptual and analytical modeling, data analysis, field and laboratory procedures, and computer use. It also requires the ability to communicate research results, so it is an indicator of learning outcome 3 (below). The real measures of dissertation quality are the number of publications resulting from it and the quality of journals in which they appear.

    3. Students will be able to articulate scientific concepts and results in written, graphical, and verbal formats.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • The number of presentations at scientific meetings per cohort. Presentations at scientific meetings: As their research is progressing, students are encouraged to present their results at regional and local meetings. The number of presentations is one metric of student advancement.
    • Outside grants and fellowships: the number of outside fellowships, grants, and contracts per student in a cohort.
    • Scientific publications: The average number and quality of non-dissertation related publications from each cohort.

    Assessment Method

    • As their research is progressing, students are encouraged to present their results at regional and local meetings. The number of presentations is one metric of student advancement.
    • The number of NSF pre-doctoral fellowships, other competitive fellowships, and grants that students in a cohort receive is an excellent indicator of student and program quality.
    • In addition to their dissertation research, students often do additional research (outside of formal research rotations) that can result in a publication. A steady stream of these publications is another metric of a program's worth.
  • Environmental Science M.S.

    Mission Statement

    The mission of the University of Nevads, Reno Environmental Sciences and Health graduate program (ES&H) is to provide training to scientists in the following disciplines: environmental chemistry; environmental toxicology; and ecological toxicology. The environmental chemistry track focuses on measurements and environmental processes affecting chemicals in the environment. The environmental toxicology track focuses on the biochemical and cellular toxicology, with a special emphasis placed on the impact of contaminants on humans. The ecological toxicology track combines the disciplines of wildlife toxicology and conservation biology with the goal of understanding how contaminants affect populations and ecosystems.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    1. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical and experimental basis for the study of contaminants in the environment and their effects on humans and ecosystems.

    Performance Indicators

    • Descriptive and numerical solutions to exam questions
    • Student opinions on course content
    • Independent development of research design and methodologies
    • Oral presentation in graduate student seminars

    Assessment Method

    • Course and graduate exam grades
    • Student evaluations of individual courses
    • Faculty evaluation of thesis
    • Seminar evaluations by faculty and students

    2. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the design and use of field instrumentation, computer models, data analysis and laboratory procedures for environmental chemistry and toxicology research and monitoring.

    Performance Indicators

    • Performance in summarizing research methods
    • Thesis content describing research design and analytical methods
    • Instruction and team leadership to other scientists or students in field, lab, computer and data analysis tasks
    • Employer opinions during internships and post-graduate appointments
    • Performance in summarizing research methods
    • Operation of instrumentation and analysis of data in laboratory, field and computer projects

    Assessment Method

    • Supervisor and instructor evaluations
    • Faculty evaluations from thesis review and defense
    • Instructor, supervisor and student evaluations
    • Employer surveys and inquiries
    • Supervisor and instructor evaluations
    • Supervisor and instructor evaluations

    3. Students will be able to explain ideas and results through written, numerical, graphical, spoken, and computer-based forms of communication.

    Performance Indicators

    • Thesis structure and content
    • Oral presentations and examinations
    • Lectures and other instructional activities prepared by the student

    Assessment Method

    • Faculty evaluations from thesis review and defense
    • Faculty and student evaluations in student seminars
    • Faculty and audience evaluations

    4. Students will be able to assess and adapt to new avenues of scientific inquiry that offer interdisciplinary and practical applications to commercial and public needs.

    Performance Indicators

    • Application of dissertation results to broader impacts
    • Alumni opinions while in post-graduate appointments and other career activities
    • Employer opinions during pre-graduation internships or post-graduate appointments
    • Performance in interdisciplinary studies and coursework

    Assessment Method

    • Faculty evaluation from dissertation review and defense
    • Alumni Surveys
    • Employer Surveys
    • Faculty evaluations and course grades from interdisciplinary topics
  • Environmental Science M.S.

    Mission Statement

    The mission of the University of Nevads, Reno Environmental Sciences and Health graduate program (ES&H) is to provide training to scientists in the following disciplines: environmental chemistry; environmental toxicology; and ecological toxicology. The environmental chemistry track focuses on measurements and environmental processes affecting chemicals in the environment. The environmental toxicology track focuses on the biochemical and cellular toxicology, with a special emphasis placed on the impact of contaminants on humans. The ecological toxicology track combines the disciplines of wildlife toxicology and conservation biology with the goal of understanding how contaminants affect populations and ecosystems.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    1. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical and experimental basis for the study of contaminants in the environment and their effects on humans and ecosystems.

    Performance Indicators

    • Descriptive and numerical solutions to exam questions
    • Student opinions on course content
    • Independent development of research design and methodologies
    • Oral presentation in graduate student seminars

    Assessment Method

    • Course and graduate exam grades
    • Student evaluations of individual courses
    • Faculty evaluation of thesis
    • Seminar evaluations by faculty and students

    2. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the design and use of field instrumentation, computer models, data analysis and laboratory procedures for environmental chemistry and toxicology research and monitoring.

    Performance Indicators

    • Performance in summarizing research methods
    • Thesis content describing research design and analytical methods
    • Instruction and team leadership to other scientists or students in field, lab, computer and data analysis tasks
    • Employer opinions during internships and post-graduate appointments
    • Performance in summarizing research methods
    • Operation of instrumentation and analysis of data in laboratory, field and computer projects

    Assessment Method

    • Supervisor and instructor evaluations
    • Faculty evaluations from thesis review and defense
    • Instructor, supervisor and student evaluations
    • Employer surveys and inquiries
    • Supervisor and instructor evaluations
    • Supervisor and instructor evaluations

    3. Students will be able to explain ideas and results through written, numerical, graphical, spoken, and computer-based forms of communication.

    Performance Indicators

    • Thesis structure and content
    • Oral presentations and examinations
    • Lectures and other instructional activities prepared by the student

    Assessment Method

    • Faculty evaluations from thesis review and defense
    • Faculty and student evaluations in student seminars
    • Faculty and audience evaluations

    4. Students will be able to assess and adapt to new avenues of scientific inquiry that offer interdisciplinary and practical applications to commercial and public needs.

    Performance Indicators

    • Application of dissertation results to broader impacts
    • Alumni opinions while in post-graduate appointments and other career activities
    • Employer opinions during pre-graduation internships or post-graduate appointments
    • Performance in interdisciplinary studies and coursework

    Assessment Method

    • Faculty evaluation from dissertation review and defense
    • Alumni Surveys
    • Employer Surveys
    • Faculty evaluations and course grades from interdisciplinary topics
  • Environmental Science Ph.D.

    Mission Statement

    The mission of the University of Nevada, Reno Environmental Sciences and Health graduate program (ES&H) is to provide training to scientists in the following disciplines: environmental chemistry; environmental toxicology; and ecological toxicology. The environmental chemistry track focuses on measurements and environmental processes affecting chemicals in the environment. The environmental toxicology track focuses on the biochemical and cellular toxicology, with a special emphasis placed on the impact of contaminants on humans. The ecological toxicology track combines the disciplines of wildlife toxicology and conservation biology with the goal of understanding how contaminants affect populations and ecosystems.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    1. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical and experimental basis for the study of contaminants in the environment and their effects on humans and ecosystems.

    Performance Indicators

    • Operation of instrumentation and analysis of data in laboratory, field and computer projects
    • Performance in summarizing research methods
    • Dissertation content describing research design and analytical methods
    • Instruction and team leadership to other scientists or students in field, lab, computer and data analysis tasks
    • Instruction and team leadership to other scientists or students in field, lab, computer and data analysis tasks
    • Employer opinions during internships and post-graduate appointments

    Assessment Method

    • Supervisor and instructor evaluations
    • Supervisor and instructor evaluations
    • Faculty evaluations from dissertation review and defense
    • Instructor, supervisor and student evaluations
    • Instructor, supervisor and student evaluations
    • Employer surveys and inquiries

    2. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the design and use of field instrumentation, computer models, data analysis and laboratory procedures for environmental chemistry and toxicology research and monitoring.

    Performance Indicators

    • Descriptive and numerical solutions to exam questions
    • Oral presentations in graduate student seminars
    • Student opinions on course content
    • Independent development of research design and methodologies

    Assessment Method

    • Course and graduate exam grades
    • Seminar evaluations by faculty and students
    • Student evaluation of individual courses
    • Faculty evaluation of dissertation

    3. Students will be able to explain ideas and results through written, numerical, graphical, spoken, and computer-based forms of communication.

    Performance Indicators

    • Comprehensive Exams
    • Oral presentations and examinations
    • Dissertation structure and content
    • Lectures and other instructional activities prepared by the student

    Assessment Method

    • Exam grades
    • Faculty and student evaluations in student seminars
    • Faculty evaluations from dissertation review and defense
    • Faculty and audience evaluations

    4. Students will be able to assess and adapt to new avenues of scientific inquiry that offer interdisciplinary and practical applications to commercial and public needs.

    Performance Indicators

    • Application of dissertation results to broader impacts
    • Performance in interdisciplinary studies and coursework
    • Employer opinions during pre-graduation internships or post-graduation appointments
    • Alumni opinions while in post-graduate appointments and other career activities

    Assessment Method

    • Faculty evaluation from dissertation and defense
    • Faculty evaluations and course grades from interdisciplinary topics
    • Employer Surveys
    • Alumni Surveys
  • Hydrogeology M.S.

    Mission Statement

    The mission of the University of Nevada, Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences is to provide training to scientists and engineers in the broad areas of ground water, watershed sciences, water quality and water treatment, restoration methodologies and water resource evaluation. The degrees and tracks within each degree are structured to provide a foundation in water resources and specialization in a student?s chosen area or areas. Several tracks are available, including ground water modeling, subsurface contaminant transport, and surface water hydraulics and geomorphology, hydroecology and surface water quality management. Students may also define their own tracks by developing a curriculum from a breadth of graduate courses offered across the campus.

    The Hydrogeology Masters degree focuses on the processes of ground water, ground water pollution and the geochemistry of ground water. Masters degree graduates hydrogeology are fully qualified to conduct hydrologic research, hydrologic planning and serve in the regulatory environment of both public and private sector employers.

    Program Outcomes

    1. Students will exhibit timely progress in their program of study and dissertation research.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • Students should complete any undergraduate deficiencies during their first year of study.
    • Students should have successfully completed the four core courses after three semesters.

    Assessment Method

    • Students coursework will be evaluated annually to ensure that they have successfully completed all undergraduate requirements.
    • Students will be evaluated annually to ensure that they have successfully completed the four core courses.

    2. Students will be prepared for employment as professionals in the field of hydrogeology.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • Student exit interviews and alumni surveys will be used to assess employment status.

    Assessment Method

    • The program director will organize these data and present them periodically for faculty review.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    1. Students will be able to demonstrate a basic level of competency in the general field of hydrogeology.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • Students will successfully pass the GE 684 core class - Introduction to Groundwater Hydrology.

    Assessment Method

    • Students will be evaluated annually to ensure that they have successfully passed GE 684.

    2. Students will be able to explain ideas and results through written, numerical, graphical, spoken, and computer-based forms of communication.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • Students submit a thesis.
    • Students will give an oral presentation of their proposed research during hydrology seminar in their second year of study.
    • Students orally present their thesis proposal to their committee at a meeting early in their research.
    • Students submit a written thesis proposal.

    Assessment Method

    • Thesis committee will review and evaluate thesis.
    • Instructor for the hydrology seminar provides student feedback an evaluation of their presentation skills.
    • Thesis committee will assess student's proposal presentation and provide feedback to student.
    • Thesis committee will evaluate and provide feedback on their written thesis proposal.

    3. Students will be able to complete research in their field of study, including answering a specific question(s) in conjunction with the advisor and thesis committee.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • Students will complete a thesis or professional paper.
    • Completion of degree in a timely manner.

    Assessment Method

    • Thesis committee approves/disapprove thesis.
    • Students progress will be reviewed annually to determine progress toward graduation.

    4. Students will be able to demonstrate appropriate quantitative skills for their sub-discipline.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • Students will use appropriate statistical or numerical modeling techniques to analyze data trends.
    • Students are able to master standard quantitative methods used in the field of hydrogeology.

    Assessment Method

    • Thesis committee will assess quantitative methods used for thesis.
    • Employer surveys conducted by UNR's Assessment Office will be used to assess students quantitative ability.
  • Hydrogeology Ph.D.

    Mission Statement

    The mission of the University of Nevada, Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences is to provide training to scientists and engineers in the broad areas of ground water, watershed sciences, water quality and water treatment, restoration methodologies and water resource evaluation. The degrees and tracks within each degree are structured to provide a foundation in water resources and specialization in a student?s chosen area or areas. Several tracks are available, including ground water modeling, subsurface contaminant transport, and surface water hydraulics and geomorphology, hydroecology and surface water quality management. Students may also define their own tracks by developing a curriculum from a breadth of graduate courses offered across the campus.

    The Hydrogeology Masters degree focuses on the processes of ground water, ground water pollution and the geochemistry of ground water. Masters degree graduates hydrogeology are fully qualified to conduct hydrologic research, hydrologic planning and serve in the regulatory environment of both public and private sector employers.

    Program Outcomes

    1. Students will exhibit timely progress in their program of study and dissertation research.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • Students should complete any undergraduate deficiencies during their first year of study.
    • Students should have successfully completed the four core courses after three semesters.

    Assessment Method

    • Students coursework will be evaluated annually to ensure that they have successfully completed all undergraduate requirements.
    • Students will be evaluated annually to ensure that they have successfully completed the four core courses.

    2. Students will be prepared for employment as professionals in the field of hydrogeology.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • Student exit interviews and alumni surveys will be used to assess employment status.

    Assessment Method

    • The program director will organize these data and present them periodically for faculty review.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    1. Students will be able to demonstrate a basic level of competency in the general field of hydrogeology.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • Students will successfully pass the GE 684 core class - Introduction to Groundwater Hydrology.

    Assessment Method

    • Students will be evaluated annually to ensure that they have successfully passed GE 684.

    2. Students will be able to explain ideas and results through written, numerical, graphical, spoken, and computer-based forms of communication.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • Students submit a thesis.
    • Students will give an oral presentation of their proposed research during hydrology seminar in their second year of study.
    • Students orally present their thesis proposal to their committee at a meeting early in their research.
    • Students submit a written thesis proposal.

    Assessment Method

    • Thesis committee will review and evaluate thesis.
    • Instructor for the hydrology seminar provides student feedback an evaluation of their presentation skills.
    • Thesis committee will assess student's proposal presentation and provide feedback to student.
    • Thesis committee will evaluate and provide feedback on their written thesis proposal.

    3. Students will be able to complete research in their field of study, including answering a specific question(s) in conjunction with the advisor and thesis committee.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • Students will complete a thesis or professional paper.
    • Completion of degree in a timely manner.

    Assessment Method

    • Thesis committee approves/disapprove thesis.
    • Students progress will be reviewed annually to determine progress toward graduation.

    4. Students will be able to demonstrate appropriate quantitative skills for their sub-discipline.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • Students will use appropriate statistical or numerical modeling techniques to analyze data trends.
    • Students are able to master standard quantitative methods used in the field of hydrogeology.

    Assessment Method

    • Thesis committee will assess quantitative methods used for thesis.
    • Employer surveys conducted by UNR's Assessment Office will be used to assess students quantitative ability.
  • Hydrology Ph.D.

    Mission Statement

    The mission of the University of Nevada, Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences is to provide training to scientists and engineers in the broad areas of ground water, watershed sciences, water quality and water treatment, restoration methodologies and water resource evaluation. The degrees and tracks within each degree are structured to provide a foundation in water resources and specialization in a student?s chosen area or areas. Several tracks are available, including ground water modeling, subsurface contaminant transport, and surface water hydraulics and geomorphology, hydroecology and surface water quality management. Students may also define their own tracks by developing a curriculum from a breadth of graduate courses offered across the campus.

    The Hydrogeology Masters degree focuses on the processes of ground water, ground water pollution and the geochemistry of ground water. Masters degree graduates hydrogeology are fully qualified to conduct hydrologic research, hydrologic planning and serve in the regulatory environment of both public and private sector employers.

    Program Outcomes

    1. Students will exhibit timely progress in their program of study and dissertation research.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • Students should complete any undergraduate deficiencies during their first year of study.
    • Students should have successfully completed the four core courses after three semesters.

    Assessment Method

    • Students coursework will be evaluated annually to ensure that they have successfully completed all undergraduate requirements.
    • Students will be evaluated annually to ensure that they have successfully completed the four core courses.

    2. Students will be prepared for employment as professionals in the field of hydrogeology.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • Student exit interviews and alumni surveys will be used to assess employment status.

    Assessment Method

    • The program director will organize these data and present them periodically for faculty review.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    1. Students will be able to demonstrate a basic level of competency in the general field of hydrogeology.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • Students will successfully pass the GE 684 core class - Introduction to Groundwater Hydrology.

    Assessment Method

    • Students will be evaluated annually to ensure that they have successfully passed GE 684.

    2. Students will be able to explain ideas and results through written, numerical, graphical, spoken, and computer-based forms of communication.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • Students submit a thesis.
    • Students will give an oral presentation of their proposed research during hydrology seminar in their second year of study.
    • Students orally present their thesis proposal to their committee at a meeting early in their research.
    • Students submit a written thesis proposal.

    Assessment Method

    • Thesis committee will review and evaluate thesis.
    • Instructor for the hydrology seminar provides student feedback an evaluation of their presentation skills.
    • Thesis committee will assess student's proposal presentation and provide feedback to student.
    • Thesis committee will evaluate and provide feedback on their written thesis proposal.

    3. Students will be able to complete research in their field of study, including answering a specific question(s) in conjunction with the advisor and thesis committee.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • Students will complete a thesis or professional paper.
    • Completion of degree in a timely manner.

    Assessment Method

    • Thesis committee approves/disapprove thesis.
    • Students progress will be reviewed annually to determine progress toward graduation.

    4. Students will be able to demonstrate appropriate quantitative skills for their sub-discipline.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • Students will use appropriate statistical or numerical modeling techniques to analyze data trends.
    • Students are able to master standard quantitative methods used in the field of hydrogeology.

    Assessment Method

    • Thesis committee will assess quantitative methods used for thesis.
    • Employer surveys conducted by UNR's Assessment Office will be used to assess students quantitative ability.
  • Social Psychology Ph.D.

    Mission Statement

    The Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Social Psychology is founded on a vision of social psychology as the core discipline of human affairs. It represents an integration of psychological and sociological scholarships in the investigation of personal and social life. The mission of our doctoral program is to advance scientific knowledge of social psychological structures and processes, and to do so through scholarly study, the training of Ph.D. students, the dissemination of our knowledge in both scientific and applied communities. We are deeply committed to the guidance and instruction of graduate students as both junior colleagues and advanced students.

    Program Outcomes

    1. To prepare students adequately for a career in academia or an applied field, dependent on the students' preference and specialization.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • Placement of students following graduation
    • Feedback from alumni of the program

    Assessment Method

    • Annual faculty evaluation
    • Annual alumni survey conducted by UNR

    Student Learning Outcomes

    1. Students will be able to deal competently and critically with literature and research in the field of social psychology; to be able to summarize books and/or articles on a specific topic, identify their strengths and weaknesses; to identify gaps that suggest directions for future research.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • Professional publications, presentations, and reports
    • Performance in required courses and topical seminars
    • Acceptance of dissertation prospectus; successful completion of dissertation
    • Successful completion of student's second year research paper

    Assessment Method

    • Annual student progress report
    • Annual student progress report
    • Graduation; Annual student progress report; annual faculty evaluation
    • Annual student progress report; annual faculty evaluation

    2. Students will be able to generate hypotheses, design, execute, and analyze empirical social science research, using method appropriate to the research question, research topic or type of data.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • Successful completion of methodology requirements
    • Successful completion of student's second year research paper
    • Acceptance of dissertation prospectus; successful completion of dissertation
    • Development of grant proposals, grant submissions and acquisition of external funding

    Assessment Method

    • Annual student progress report
    • Annual student progress report; annual faculty evaluation
    • Annual student progress report; annual faculty evaluation
    • Annual student progress report; annual faculty evaluation

    3. Students will be able to communicate effectively social psychological theory and research findings both orally and in written form.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • Acceptance of dissertation prospectus; successful completion of dissertation
    • Successful completion of student's second year research paper
    • Oral presentation in social psychology brown bag series

    Assessment Method

    • Graduation; annual student progress report; annual faculty evaluation
    • Annual student progress report; annual faculty evaluation
    • Annual faculty evaluation

    4. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of general and important concepts, theories and research findings in various arenas of social psychology; the ability to integrate and analyze ideas and findings, especially as they pertain to the student's stated research interest.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • Successful completion of the comprehensive exam (end of 3rd year)
    • Successful completion of the qualifying exam (end of 1st year)

    Assessment Method

    • Annual student progress report; annual faculty evaluation
    • Annual student progress report; annual faculty evaluation

    5. Students will be able to demonstrate skills as a teacher and instructor.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • Give lectures in courses for which students serves as TA
    • Teach own undergraduate course

    Assessment Method

    • Annual student progress report; annual faculty evaluation
    • Annual student progress report; annual faculty evaluation