Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.49
Liaison Julia Angstmann
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2021

STARS v2.2

Butler University
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Carmen Salsbury
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Science, Technology, and Environmental Studies
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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:
Environmental Studies

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:
Environmental Studies (ENV) majors focus intently on the environment and our human interaction with it. Students gain specific knowledge in biology, chemistry, communication, and the humanities. Each student also completes a community-based internship or practical experience related to the environment and sustainability.

The Environmental Studies Major consists of 34 hours of ENV courses, plus 15 hours of natural science courses.

Core Courses (15 hours)
The following courses are required:
ENV 200, Introduction to Environmental Studies (3)
ST 200, Introduction to Science Studies (3)
ST 205, Science & Society Speakers Series (one credit course that must be completed 2 times)(2)
ENV 330, Geographic Information Systems (4)
One of the following:
ST 310, Social Studies of Science & Technology (3)
ST 320, Philosophy of Science (3)
ST 330, Language, Rhetoric & Science (3)
Practical Experience (3 hours)

Can be satisfied by completing ENV 400, Environmental/Sustainability Practicum, an approved community-based internship,* or another experiential learning course approved by the director.
Elective Courses (15 hours)

Including the following:
Twelve (12) hours must be at the 300-400 level.
Six (6) hours must be identified as social science related, and another six (6) hours must be identified as humanities related.
Elective courses as well as ST 310, 320, and 330 may be used to satisfy the distribution requirement.
No more than three (3) hours of independent study or internship credit can be used to satisfy this requirement.*
No more than one of the research methods courses (PS 210, PS 211, and SO 393) may count towards this requirement.
* A combined total of six (6) internship or independent study hours may be used to satisfy ENV Major requirements. Three (3) may be used towards the Practical Experience requirement, and three (3) may be used towards the Elective requirement.

Natural Science Courses
The following courses are required for the major. These courses may also be counted toward a minor or major in a science and technology discipline:

NW 207, Ecology and the Natural Environment OR BI 230, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology—Fundamentals
CH 105, General Chemistry I
CH 106, General Chemistry II

Distribution Requirement
Students must complete six (6) credits of coursework within the major that are identified as social science related, and another six (6) credits within the major that are identified as humanities related. Elective courses as well as ST 310, 320, and 330, may be used to satisfy the distribution requirement.

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Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Science, Technology, and Society

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Butler’s Science, Technology, and Society Program (STS) provides students rich experience in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities through a rigorous yet flexible curriculum and practical application.
Students learn how science impacts our world, our lives, and our communities. They also learn how science is influenced by society and its economic, political, and cultural motives. STS majors graduate with the interdisciplinary knowledge, intellectual flexibility, communication, and problem solving skills that are crucial to every career path.

A major in Science, Technology, and Society must complete 32 hours of STS courses. Of these hours, majors must complete 14 credit hours of STS Core courses. Students must complete ST200 Introduction to Science Studies and ST205 Science and Society Speakers Series. ST205 is a one credit course offered each semester that must be completed two times for a total of 2 credits before graduation. Further, majors must complete the following courses: ST310 Social Studies of Science and Technology, ST320 Philosophy of Science, and ST330 Language, Rhetoric and Science.

The remaining 18 credit hours for the major must be selected from STS elective courses from various departments. Of these 18 credits, 12 must be at the 300 level or above. A total of no more than three hours of independent study or internship credit can be used to satisfy this requirement. Additionally, no more than one research methods course may count toward this requirement.

STS majors may select STS elective courses to satisfy one of three concentrations within the major: Technology Studies, Health Studies, or Justice, Equity, and Democracy. Each concentration will require 9 credits chosen from a subset of electives designated to count for each concentration. These 9 credits will satisfy half of the 18 elective credits required. Majors are not obligated to choose a concentration.

Science/Technology Courses
STS majors must also complete 13 hours of natural science and/or technology courses, although these credits do not count toward the 32 needed to satisfy the STS major. They may be counted towards other requirements--such as towards a minor or major in a science and technology discipline.

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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:
Environmental Studies

A brief description of the undergraduate minor or concentration:
Environmental Studies (ENV) majors focus intently on the environment and our human interaction with it. Students gain specific knowledge in biology, chemistry, communication, and the humanities. Each student completes a community-based internship or practical experience related to the environment and sustainability.

The Environmental Studies Minor consists of eighteen (18) hours of ENV courses, plus 5 hours of natural science courses.

Core Courses (9 hours)
The following courses are required:
ST 200, Introduction to Science Studies (3)
ENV 200, Introduction to Environmental Studies (3)
One of the following:
ST 310, Social Studies of Science & Technology (3)
ST 320, Philosophy of Science (3)
ST 330, Language, Rhetoric & Science (3)
Elective Courses (9 hours)

Of these, six (6) hours must be at the 300-400 level. Further, three (3) hours of the ENV electives must be identified as social science related and another three (3) hours must be identified as humanities related. Elective courses as well as ST 310, 320, and 330 may be used to satisfy the distribution requirement. A total of no more than three (3) hours of independent study or internship credit can be used to satisfy this requirement. Additionally, no more than one of the research methods courses (PS 210, PS 211, and SO 393) may count towards this requirement.

Natural Science Courses
One of the following courses is required for the minor. Either course may also be counted toward a minor or major in a science and technology discipline:

NW 207-BI, Ecology and the Natural Environment
BI 230, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology—Fundamentals
NW 210-CH, Chemistry and the environment
NW 210-CH, Energy and Sustainability
CH 106, General Chemistry II

Distribution Requirement
Student must complete three (3) credits of coursework within the major that are identified as social science related, and another three (3) credits within the major that are identified as humanities related. Elective courses as well as ST 310, 320, and 330, may be used to satisfy the distribution requirement.

Website URL for the undergraduate minor or concentration:
Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor or concentration (2nd program):
Science, Technology, and Society

A brief description of the undergraduate minor or concentration (2nd program):
Butler’s Science, Technology, and Society Program (STS) provides students rich experience in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities through a rigorous yet flexible curriculum and practical application.
Students learn how science impacts our world, our lives, and our communities. They also learn how science is influenced by society and its economic, political, and cultural motives. STS majors graduate with the interdisciplinary knowledge, intellectual flexibility, communication, and problem solving skills that are crucial to every career path.

Minors in Science, Technology, and Society must complete 19 hours of STS courses. Of these, minors must complete 7 credit hours of STS Core Courses. Students must complete ST200 Introduction to Science Studies and ST205 Science and Society Speakers Series (one time only). Further, minors must complete one of the following: ST310 Social Studies of Science and Technology, ST320 Philosophy of Science, or ST330 Language, Rhetoric and Science.

The remaining 12 hours may be chosen from a list of STS courses in various disciplines. Of these 12 credits, 9 must be at the 300 level or above. A total of no more than three hours of independent study or internship credit can be used to satisfy this requirement. Additionally, no more than one research methods course may count toward this requirement. These courses vary each semester.

Science/Technology Courses
STS minors must also complete 8 hours of natural science and/or technology courses for graduation, although these credits do not count toward the 19 needed to satisfy the STS minor.

Website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor or concentration (3rd program):
Applied Local Food System Minor

A brief description of the undergraduate minor or concentration (3rd program):
The Applied Local Food System (ALFS) minor and concentration is a truly cross-disciplinary program where students, instructors, community internship host sites, and community members learn through collaboration. As a cohort, ALFS students apply their knowledge to design innovative solutions to local food system challenges by improving equity, environmental function and ecosystem services, and economic viability. This will contribute to the enhancement and construction of resiliency and equity within the larger global food system.

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