Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 42.65
Liaison Jillian Buckholz
Submission Date April 19, 2019
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California State University, East Bay
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Sarah Aubert
Lead Curriculum Services Analyst
University Curriculum Services
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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 Studies B.A.

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

"The Environmental Studies Undergraduate Major is characterized by its focus on equitable, just, and sustainable environmental solutions. Environmental professionals who emerge from the program are generalists who can identify and synthesize the ecological, social, ethical, economic, technical, and behavioral dimensions of critical environmental problems. Using qualitative and quantitative problem solving concepts, approaches, and tools, our students are prepared to synthesize and communicate appropriate environmental solutions.

Majors are typically involved in campus and community sustainability projects such as greenhouse gas assessment, water resource and sustainability assessment, climate action and sustainability planning, and urban restoration projects. The program engages actively in collaborations across the campus, locally, and internationally. The Major benefits by close association with the Geography Program, providing students access to training in the spatial analytical tools that can greatly leverage their expertise for careers as sustainability directors and environmental resource managers. The program also benefits from aggressive regional and state programs to promote environmental sustainability and social justice that make the San Francisco Bay Area a national hotspot for environmental careers."


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Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Environmental Science, B.S.: Environmental Health Concentration

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

"The undergraduate degree program in Environmental Science includes a core of required courses intended to provide students with an understanding of the fundamental principles of biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, physics, and statistics necessary to understand environmental challenges. In addition, further required courses and electives allow students to apply this fundamental knowledge to broader environmental issues and problems, and to deepen their understanding of natural systems, human systems, and sustainability. The Environmental Science B.S. program serves as preparation for employment in a variety of related fields, both in technical and policy/management roles requiring extensive technical knowledge and background. Due to the breadth of disciplines involved in environmental science, students wishing to do independent work professionally may wish to consider graduate study in a field of specialization, if further training is required for their chosen path.

The Environmental Science B.S. with a concentration in Environmental Health focuses on environmental hazards impacting human health (toxic and hazardous substances, physical and biological hazards, etc.) Above and beyound the general path, the concentration in Environmental Health prepares students for employment as Registered Environmental Health Specialists in the State of California."


The website URL for the undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
Geology, B.S.

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

The undergraduate Geology programs emphasize field and laboratory training. Many opportunities for field and laboratory research exist throughout northern California and elsewhere. The B.S. and B.A. programs in Geology reflect departmental expertise by focusing on near-surface processes and hazards and resources. They concentrate on issues of regional and local importance to our community. Rigorous coursework is augmented by embedded and sequential field experiences that integrate classroom concepts in natural laboratories. Seminars and topical courses address diverse subjects, for example: geochemical evolution of groundwater, natural tracers of geologic processes, tectonic geomorphology, earthquake hazards, bay area tectonics, near-surface geophysics, and modern depositional environments. The Department of earth and Enviornomental Sciences maintains strong connections with East Bay Regional Parks, the California Environmental Protection Agency, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, NASA Ames, the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory


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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:
Geography B.S.: Resources and Sustainability Concentration

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

At Cal State East Bay, Geography BS students can choose between three concentrations in addition to their common core of classes; Resources and Sustainability, Regions and Culture, and Spatial Techniques. These concentrations permit our majors to relatively easily dovetail into second majors, minors or certificate programs especially in Environmental Studies (BA and minor), International Studies (BA and minor), Certificate in Sustainability and Certificate in Cartography and GIS and to study abroad for a semester or year. A BS in Geography provides a valuable multi-perspective education of vital importance in this age of globalization and cumulative environmental change, a period that scientists are labeling the “Anthropocene”. Graduates are primed to enter multiple professional fields or go on to a range of graduate programs related to environmental and resource management, planning and administration, sustainable development, and spatial data analysis. The major requires 43-47 units, 18 lower division and 25-29 upper division depending on the courses chosen for the pathway. The lower division portion aligns with the California Community College transfer Associate of Arts degree in Geography.


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

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

The Certificate in Sustainability provides basic preparation for entry level, public or private sector employment as a sustainability or environmental services professional. Complimentary undergraduate degrees include environmental studies, environmental science, geography, engineering, urban planning, public administration, and political 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):
History, B.A.: Sustainability and Modernization Concentration

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

Students who pursue a degree in History come to understand the major issues facing the contemporary world through a historical lens, and understand how actions and actors of the past have created the political, social, and environmental circumstances faced by civilization today. Their studies afford them entree to the riches of the recorded past and understanding of the process of historical change. At the same time, a History major enables them to develop critical reading and writing skills that are valuable in life and crucial in any employment field they choose to enter.


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