Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.20
Liaison Smith Getterman
Submission Date March 1, 2017
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Baylor University
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Smith Getterman
Assistant Director of Sustainability and Special Projects
Office of Sustainability
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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:
Environmental Science

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

Environmental Science is one of the most dynamic departments at Baylor. Since 2000, the Department of Environmental Science has added three new undergraduate majors' options, and expanded its course offerings, particularly in toxicology, wildlife conservation, and environmental health. To earn a degree in this major, students must complete 40 semester hours in environmental science and 124 hours total.


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

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

Environmental studies is the study of human interaction with the environment. This is an interdisciplinary field that pulls from politics, economics and sociology, as well as from traditional sciences such as chemistry and biology. An examination of the urban environment as well as the natural is also included in environmental studies. Overall, environmental studies looks at the connections among many systems including economics and natural resources, legislation and pollution, and climate change and tourism industries. These relationships and others must be fully understood to address environmental issues at local, regional and global levels. Students must complete 37 semester hours in environmental science including courses like Conserving Biodiversity, Exploring Environmental Issues, Individual Research Problems, and Team Problem Solving in Environmental Studies.


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

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

Environmental Health Science is the study of how the environment impacts human health, disease and natural resources, Environmental health professionals are best known for their efforts to ensure safe water, food and air quality, and sanitary conditions. Students must complete 37 semester hours in courses that include Air, Food and Water Quality, Environmental Law, Toxicology, Environmental Analysis, and Human Health Risk Assessment. Graduates with an Environmental Health Science major go on to assess air and water quality, assess noise pollution, serve as first responders in the event of emergencies, work in the corporate world in health safety communications or informatics and work with government or non-profit organizations in areas such as bioterrorism.


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

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

Environmental studies is the study of human interaction with the environment. This is an interdisciplinary field that pulls from politics, economics and sociology, as well as from traditional sciences such as chemistry and biology. An examination of the urban environment as well as the natural is also included in environmental studies. Overall, environmental studies looks at the connections among many systems including economics and natural resources, legislation and pollution, and climate change and tourism industries. These relationships and others must be fully understood to address environmental issues at local, regional and global levels. Students must complete 19 semester hours including courses like Conserving Biodiversity, Exploring Environmental Issues, Individual Research Problems, and Team Problem Solving in Environmental Studies.


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

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

Environmental Science is one of the most dynamic departments at Baylor. Since 2000, the Department of Environmental Science has added three new undergraduate majors' options, and expanded its course offerings, particularly in toxicology, wildlife conservation, and environmental health. To minor in environmental science, students must complete 19 semester hours in environmental science.


The website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
Earth Science

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

A degree in Earth Science covers a broad spectrum of topics and is designed to give the student an understanding of the Earth's materials and processes in 18 semester hours. Topical areas in the Earth Science curriculum encompass astronomy, meteorology, oceanography as well as geology. The Earth Science minor can be combined with a major in Environmental Studies for students interested in the impact humanity has on the natural environment and sustainable practices.


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