Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.57
Liaison Juliana Goodlaw-Morris
Submission Date Dec. 18, 2020

STARS v2.2

California State University, San Marcos
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Juliana Goodlaw-Morris
Sustainability Manager
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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:

The Environmental Studies Program at California State University San Marcos provides a collaborative setting for faculty, students, and community partners to study environmental and land-use issues. The degree provides introductory training in physical sciences, life sciences, social sciences, land-use planning, geographic information systems (GIS), environmental policy and law, research methods, and environmental arts and humanities.

The multidisciplinary core of the degree comprises four general areas:

Life and Physical Sciences provides the scientific background for the major, consisting of courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and ecology.
Social Sciences and Policy exposes students to institutional and legal frameworks of environmental policy, and to processes by which policy is established.
Research Methods prepares students with research tools - GIS and research methods - necessary for applied work in the professional arena, and also for graduate studies.
Environmental Arts and Humanities encourages students to think critically, ethically, and aesthetically about the environment.


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Does the institution offer one or more sustainability-focused minors or concentrations for undergraduate students?:
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Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor or concentration:
Sustainability Minor

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With a changing climate and mounting concern about “sustainability” across a wide spectrum of disciplines, the Minor in Sustainability provides students the opportunity to explore sustainable development, climate change, business sustainability, socio-ecological resilience, and related issues from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Students choose courses from the Environmental Studies Program’s list of approved courses in the Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, and Physical and Life Sciences.

It is an excellent addition to any major, including Anthropology, Business Administration, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Communication, Ethnic Studies, Global Studies, History, Liberal Studies, Political Science, Sociology, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Students enrolled in the Environmental Studies major cannot complete the Minor.


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