Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.77
Liaison Franklin Lebo
Submission Date May 27, 2022

STARS v2.2

Baldwin Wallace University
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Franklin Lebo
Assistant Professor of Sustainability
Sustainability
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Does the institution offer at least one ​sustainability-focused​ major, degree, or certificate program for undergraduate students?:
Yes

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

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

Baldwin Wallace offered the first undergraduate major in Sustainability in the Midwest beginning in 2008. Our major offers students choice among four tracks including (1) Business (2) Science, (3) Quantitative, and (4) Social Science/Humanities. Each track has a corresponding list of course requirements that are appropriate to the track. The non-science tracks have a 53.5 credit hour requirement for completion and the science track has a 58 credit hour requirement for completion. All four tracks culminate in a BA. Each track offers students a host of courses to choose from which are generally taught by a closely knit cadre of sustainability faculty on campus. Many of the courses were developed with significant grant funding from the McGregor Foundation that allowed faculty to develop courses related to their fields and expertise meeting together in the summer in faculty development workshops.


Website URL for the undergraduate degree program:
Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Environmental Science

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

In addition to the above Sustainability major tracks, Baldwin Wallace also now offers an Environmental Science major to students. This is a new development that just launched in the 2017-2018 academic year. The intent is to provide interested students with a targeted, heavily science based major in the field of environmental studies. Specifically, the curriculum includes a strong foundation in biology, chemistry and geology leading to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a 64.5 credit hour requirement. It is rich in theoretical and empirical studies. Students learn investigative methods of gathering important scientific data that can be analyzed, synthesized and applied to real-world situations. As another point of comparison, Sustainability focuses on reducing negative human impact on the environment. Environmental science is dedicated to the scientific study of the environment that includes examining the relationship between humans and the environment, and finding effective ways to address challenges both now and in the future.


Website URL for the undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
Biology

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

A comprehensive, rigorous program, Biology is offered as a major and minor. Related programs include neuroscience and primary healthcare advancement program. Through coursework, research, field studies and more, students gain a strong, broad- based foundation in the principles of biology. The biology major prepares students to:

1. Students will be able to think critically and evaluate the merit of scientific information.
2. Students will be able to assemble information and communicate it effectively, both orally and in
writing.
3. Students will be able to understand ecological principles and their relevance to sustainable
human societies.
4. Students will be able to understand the molecular composition, structure, and physiological
processes of cells.
5. Students will be able to understand the mechanism of inheritance and its role in maintaining
organismal integrity and variability.
6. Students will be able to use quantitative skills in the design, implementation, and interpretation
of experiments.

Research opportunities include pollination ecology, molecular control of animal development, human cadaver dissection, cultured neurons and population genetics. Among its amenities are an insect room, greenhouse, zebrafish aquaria, plant growth chambers, and outdoor native plant and rain gardens. BW also has fluorescent microscopes, thermocyclers, microinjectors and electrophoresis equipment to support a variety of research approaches.

At BW, biology students can gain graduate school experiences at the undergraduate level. In the gross anatomy lab, students can examine a cadaver while their professor looks on. Midway into the lesson, they can view magnified images of an abdominal cavity being displayed on multiple large projection screens positioned within the room. Ceiling-mounted cameras capture every move. An overhead surgical light illuminates the subject, adding to the feeling of being in an operating room of a teaching hospital.


Website URL for the undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program(s):

I. Public Health:
Offered as a major, Public Health focuses on disease investigation and prevention, health promotion and program management. It is a career- and graduate school-preparative program that includes interdisciplinary coursework and enriching hands-on experiences working with diverse communities and health care organizations. The public health major prepares students to:

1. Have a social-ecological perspective of health
a. The social-ecological perspective is a way to conceptualize health through multiple
levels from the individual (biology, psychology, etc.) to their society (institutions,
culture, etc.).
b. BS students are expected to understand the social-ecological perspective and use when
discussing health issues
2. Effective written and oral communication
a. It is important for students to be able to take public health information and research
and synthesize it for consumption and usability for many different populations
(scientific, political, neighborhood, etc.).
b. BS students are expected to be able to write and speak effectively.
3. Utilizing research methodologies for public health purposes
a. Public health requires that its activities utilize scientific evidence when implementing
any activity.
b. BS students are expected understand the need for scientific evidence for public health
activities.
4. Working effectively with diverse individuals and communities.
a. Public health students need to understand and describe how various cultural and socioeconomic
backgrounds can affect people’s lives and health.
b. BS students are expected to understand how diverse experiences can affect people’s
lives
5. Public Health Leadership
a. Public Health students are expected to uphold public health code of ethics in the
practice of population health.
b. BS students need to understand and explain how different systems interact.

For more information, please visit: https://www.bw.edu/academics/undergraduate/public-health/
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II. Software Engineering
Software engineering is offered as a major and a minor. The common core of all the programs in BW's computer science department includes programming and problem solving, as well as exposure to the mathematics, computer architecture, paradigms and the theory that underlie the computing discipline. There is a required capstone internship.

Additional curriculum and program outcome information >>

The software engineering major prepares students to:
1. Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
2. Design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
3. Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
4. Function on multidisciplinary teams
5. Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
6. Understand professional and ethical responsibility
7. Communicate effectively
8. Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
9. Recognize the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning
10. Gain knowledge of contemporary issues
11. Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice


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

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor or concentration:
Sustainability Minor

A brief description of the undergraduate minor or concentration:

The Sustainability undergraduate minor has a 22-26 credit hour requirement. Required courses include the gateway course to the sustainability program, Humans and the Earth, which is an transdisciplinary learning experience with three faculty representing the sciences, social sciences, and humanities (or business). Thereafter, students must complete additional coursework in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and business. All courses are selected carefully to ensure that students receive a rigorous grounding in the field from both a practical and theoretical standpoint.


Website URL for the undergraduate minor or concentration:
Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor or concentration (2nd program):
Sustainability Certificate

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

The Sustainability undergraduate certificate has an 18-19 credit hour requirement. The certificate has just undergone a substantial revision. Required courses include the gateway course to the sustainability program, Humans and the Earth, which is an transdisciplinary learning experience with three faculty representing the sciences, social sciences, and humanities (or business). Thereafter, students must complete additional coursework in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and business. All courses are selected carefully to ensure that students receive a rigorous grounding in the field from both a practical and theoretical standpoint.


Website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor or concentration (3rd program):
Biology

A brief description of the undergraduate minor or concentration (3rd program):

A comprehensive, rigorous program, Biology is offered as a major and minor. Related programs include neuroscience and primary healthcare advancement program. Through coursework, research, field studies and more, students gain a strong, broad- based foundation in the principles of biology. The biology major prepares students to:

1. Students will be able to think critically and evaluate the merit of scientific information.
2. Students will be able to assemble information and communicate it effectively, both orally and in
writing.
3. Students will be able to understand ecological principles and their relevance to sustainable
human societies.
4. Students will be able to understand the molecular composition, structure, and physiological
processes of cells.
5. Students will be able to understand the mechanism of inheritance and its role in maintaining
organismal integrity and variability.
6. Students will be able to use quantitative skills in the design, implementation, and interpretation
of experiments.

Research opportunities include pollination ecology, molecular control of animal development, human cadaver dissection, cultured neurons and population genetics. Among its amenities are an insect room, greenhouse, zebrafish aquaria, plant growth chambers, and outdoor native plant and rain gardens. BW also has fluorescent microscopes, thermocyclers, microinjectors and electrophoresis equipment to support a variety of research approaches.

At BW, biology students can gain graduate school experiences at the undergraduate level. In the gross anatomy lab, students can examine a cadaver while their professor looks on. Midway into the lesson, they can view magnified images of an abdominal cavity being displayed on multiple large projection screens positioned within the room. Ceiling-mounted cameras capture every move. An overhead surgical light illuminates the subject, adding to the feeling of being in an operating room of a teaching hospital.


Website URL for the undergraduate minor or concentration (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused undergraduate minors and concentrations:

I. Software Engineering
Software engineering is offered as a minor. The common core of all the programs in BW's computer science department includes programming and problem solving, as well as exposure to the mathematics, computer architecture, paradigms and the theory that underlie the computing discipline. There is a required capstone internship.

Additional curriculum and program outcome information >>

The software engineering major prepares students to:
1. Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
2. Design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
3. Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
4. Function on multidisciplinary teams
5. Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
6. Understand professional and ethical responsibility
7. Communicate effectively
8. Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
9. Recognize the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning
10. Gain knowledge of contemporary issues
11. Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice


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