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Albion College
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

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Complete Reporter Andrew French
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for undergraduate students (I.e. an interdisciplinary academic program that concentrates on sustainability as an integrated concept)?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate degree program:
Sustainability Studies BA

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

The major in sustainability studies at Albion College is a joint venture between Albion College and the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ), in France. UVSQ is located less than a half hour from Paris and is among the top research universities in the world. This collaboration offers an opportunity for Albion students to participate in an international, interdisciplinary program that is grounded in the social sciences and designed for students who are engaged in today's and tomorrow's sustainability challenges.

Courses in the curriculum are categorized as theories, tools, and terrains. Theories include the framing concepts and scientific principles of sustainability studies, while tools are the methods of analysis and communication. Terrains are specific fields of sustainability challenges, using the theories and tools that students will have already mastered.

Through this integration students are invited to explore, on the one hand, the relationships between the economy, lifestyle, and politics and, on the other hand, the physical environment, natural resource use, pollution, climate change, and biodiversity loss. In this way, the interdisciplinary and international character of the major in sustainability studies complements the disciplinary foundations of traditional degree programs.

The major in sustainability studies is obtained by following a four-year program of study offered on a collaborative basis through the UVSQ/Albion partnership. During the first, second, and fourth years of study, courses are offered through UVSQ and Albion College, on the Albion campus, while the third year includes a semester of study abroad at UVSQ.

During the semester abroad, students in the program will complete upper-level courses in both theory and tools categories, as well as preparing research papers in selected terrains (case studies and specialized topics). They will be introduced to European culture and the European ethos of sustainability, and visiting international collaborations.

After successfully completing the major in sustainability studies, and upon graduation from Albion College, students will receive the B.A. in sustainability studies from Albion College along with a certificate of sustainability studies from UVSQ. They will also be eligible to enter the second year master's program at UVSQ (taught in English) in sustainability studies.


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Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Environmental Studies BA

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program (2nd program):

Students completing the environmental studies major will gain a deep understanding of the complex relationships among natural and social systems, as well as a proficiency in the analytical, rhetorical and creative skills necessary to perceive the wonders of the natural and human worlds and to solve the environmental challenges we face in the twenty-first century.

Core: Four units of required foundation courses consisting of: Anthropology 105, ENVN 101, Biology 195, Geology 101.

Categories of emphasis: Six units total from the following three categories with at least one but no more than three courses in each category. If you choose to take three courses from a single category, at least two courses must be at the 200-level.

Earth Systems
Biology 206, 237, 240
Geology 103, 104, 106, 111, 115, 211, 306, 311
Physics 102
Math 109, 210

Language, Idea and Image
Art 121, 241
Art History 311, 315
Communication Studies 311
English 206, 238, 354, 358
Philosophy 335

Society and Culture
Anthropology 220, 240, 371
Economics 273
ENVN 220
History 337, 382
International Studies 130
Philosophy 220, 301, 304
Political Science 216, 356
Religious Studies 242

Experiential requirements:

Participation in a series of bi-weekly evening seminars sponsored by CSE
Completion of one of the following for up to one-half unit:
A research project, internship, or service project related to academic interests and career goals
One-year residence in E-House with ENVN 206: Sustainable Living Seminar
ENVN 201: Ecology and Environmental Field Trip


The website URL for the undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
Environmental Science BA

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program (3rd program):

The 10-unit environmental science major provides broad exposure to environmental sciences at the introductory level, focused work in science at the upper level, and a set of cognates designed to show the social and humanistic context in which scientists work.

Core: Five units of science and mathematics, consisting of Biology 195, Chemistry 121, Geology 101, Geology 111 and Mathematics 141.

Science electives: Five units of focused work in science. Courses should have a central theme such as (but not limited to) habitat protection, modeling in environmental science or water resources, be selected in consultation with a science faculty adviser and be approved by the CSE director. Courses must be at the 200-level or higher, no more than three courses can be in one department, and at least one 300-level course must be included. Before beginning the theme of study, the student must secure the CSE director's approval of the proposed five-course sequence. This approval must be granted no later than mid-semester of the second semester of the student's sophomore year. A copy of the approved program and any subsequently approved changes are to be filed with the registrar after being signed by the CSE director.

Cognate courses: 2.5 units, ENVN 201, ENVN 220, and one additional cognate selected from the "Society and Culture" or "Language, Idea and Image" lists in the environmental studies major.

Experiential requirements:

Participation in a series of bi-weekly evening seminars sponsored by CSE.
Completion of a research project, internship or service project related to academic interests and career goals.


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Does the institution offer one or more sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates for undergraduate students?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Environmental Science Concentration

A brief description of the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate:

Some environmental careers are practiced primarily in one field of science. Students interested in pursuing such careers should consider the option of a science major with an environmental science concentration. It is strongly advised that students talk with science faculty in choosing their option.

Core: A major in biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, mathematics/physics, or physics and six additional courses as described below:

Four science courses in two sciences outside the student’s major including two or three units in one science and one or two in another. Only two courses can be at the introductory level, which means they lack prerequisites. Courses are to be selected from the list below and in consultation with the concentration director and the student’s major department. It is possible to substitute other upper-level science courses, depending on the interests of the student.
Biology 195, 215, 216, 225, 227, 237, 332, 240, 365
Chemistry 121,123, 200, 206, 211, 212, 337, 327 (1/2 unit)
Geology 101, 202, 205, 208, 211, 216, 306, 307, 311
Mathematics and Computer Science 109, 141, 143, 171, 173, 210
Physics 115, 116, 167, 168
ENVN 220
One unit selected from the “Society and Culture” or “Language, Idea and Image” lists in the environmental studies major or one additional upper-level science course not in the student’s major.
Experiential requirements:

Attendance at a series of seminars each semester. In these, students who completed internships the previous semester will report on them, and other items of general interest, such as graduate schools and careers, will be discussed.
An environmental research project, service project or internship. Students should have prior approval of the concentration director, and must make a presentation in the seminar and submit a paper summarizing the experience


The website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Environmental Studies Concentration

A brief description of the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):

The environmental studies concentration is designed for students who have an interest in environmental issues and plan careers in related fields. The choice of courses for this concentration is more open than in the environmental science concentration, due to the varying interests and backgrounds of the students who choose this option. Participating students may pursue a major in any field. Students who complete this concentration might, for example, enter science journalism or work for environmental advocacy groups.

The following are required for the concentration, which may be completed in conjunction with any major:

An environmental research project, service project or internship. Students should have prior approval of the concentration director, and must make a presentation in the seminar and submit a paper summarizing the experience.

ENVN 102, 220.

Two skills courses selected from the following: Economics 101, English 203, Mathematics 210, Political Science 216.

No more than one lab science course selected from the following (this option not available for science majors): Biology 195, Chemistry 121, Geology 101.

Two courses that deal explicitly with environmental issues, selected in consultation with the director.

One course in the student's major that is given an environmental focus by completion of an environmental paper, project, or activity within the existing structure of the course. Normally these will be at the 200-level or higher. This work will be done in consultation with the director and the course instructor.

Attendance at a series of seminars each semester. In these, students who completed internships the previous semester will report on them, and other items of general interest, such as graduate schools and careers, will be discussed.


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