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The University's mission statement is as follows: “As a land grant institution committed to teaching, research, and outreach and engagement, Oregon State University promotes economic, social, cultural and environmental progress for the people of Oregon, the nation and the world. This mission is achieved by producing graduates competitive in the global economy, supporting a continuous search for new knowledge and solutions, and maintaining a rigorous focus on academic excellence, particularly in the three Signature Areas: Advancing the Science of Sustainable Earth Ecosystems; Improving Human Health and Wellness; and Promoting Economic Growth and Social Progress.” This statement is published on the Oregon State University (OSU) website and is also published as part of the OSU General Catalog and Schedule of Classes.
The College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS) mission statement is: “The College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University is Oregon's principal source of knowledge relating to agricultural and food systems, and a major source of knowledge regarding environmental quality, natural resources, life sciences, and rural economies and communities worldwide. The College provides undergraduate and graduate education leading to baccalaureate and graduate degrees, and extended education programs throughout Oregon and beyond. Its research programs create knowledge to solve problems and to build a knowledge base for the future. It is a source of information and expertise in integrating and applying knowledge with benefits that are felt in domestic and international settings.” This statement is published on the CAS website along with an articulation of CAS’ values. The CAS reflects the following values:
The College of Engineering (COE) Vision is: “We cultivate engineering leaders by providing innovative, hands-on educational experiences. Our pioneering research programs bridge traditional interdisciplinary boundaries and address global challenges while driving economic, social, and environmental prosperity. We foster individual achievement in a collaborative culture that values diversity and the pursuit of excellence.” This statement is published on the COE website as part of a strategic roadmap and also included in the COE Annual Report and in the OSU General Catalog and Schedule of Classes.
Ecological Engineering is defined as engineering that incorporates ecological principles into the design of both natural and human-dominated systems. Ecology is used as its fundamental design paradigm, emphasizing resiliency, adaptation and systems approaches to develop engineered solutions that are sustainable, intrinsically incorporate a broad range of biological systems as components, and emphasize mutual improvement of both human and natural environments. This focus on incorporation of ecological principles in engineering design to promote development of robust, sustainable systems sets it apart from other engineering disciplines.
The Ecological Engineering BS program graduates students capable of analyzing problems that occur at the interface between humankind and the environment and synthesizing solutions to the benefit of both. These students are capable of addressing crucial environmental issues including habitat loss, fisheries, and pollution at the system level. Many of these issues are not amenable to simple solutions. The systems perspective often suggests solutions that are not intuitively obvious to observers focused on specific aspects of the system under consideration.
The Department of Biological & Ecological Engineering (BEE) mission statement states: Our mission is to achieve national and international recognition as a center of excellence for integrated research and education in the programs broadly defined as Ecological Engineering, Biological Engineering, and Water Resources Engineering while maintaining strong outreach links to the agricultural and natural resources communities. Our stakeholders will include environmental and ecological consulting firms, ecotechnology providers, entrepreneurial enterprises building new 21st-century biology- and ecology-based industries, public resource management agencies, and stakeholders in the state with interests in these focus areas.
Our educational mission is to balance innovative undergraduate and graduate programs taking advantage of our unique strengths, and a relevant outreach program that takes advantage of emerging technology to deliver information to a broad clientele on adoption and use of sustainable engineering technology. Our department will produce ecological engineering graduates that are work-ready and entrepreneurial systems thinkers capable of contributing to the future prosperity and sustainable future of the State of Oregon and the global community.
Our educational objectives were developed to link the Department’s mission to the learning outcomes. The outcomes are then supported by the specific course learning objectives.
Three PEOs for Ecological Engineering graduates have been drafted and have been evaluated by the Industrial Advisory Board in Fall 2014:
The OSU Biological & Ecological Engineering department prepares its Ecological Engineering Graduates to achieve Program Educational Objectives several years into their careers. This is achieved in the short-term by having students able to perform the following on graduation, while preparing them for immediate and long-term service in the field.
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