Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.99
Liaison Barbara Kviz
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2015
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Carnegie Mellon University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.89 / 14.00 David Dzombak
Hamerschlag University Professor and Department Head
CEE: Civil & Environmental Engineering
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Figures required to calculate the percentage of courses with sustainability content::
Undergraduate Graduate
Total number of courses offered by the institution 3,000 3,000
Number of sustainability courses offered 13 21
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 26 50

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
+ Date Revised: May 1, 2015

Number of years covered by the data:

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its course offerings with sustainability content (and course descriptions):
An inventory of the institution's course offerings with sustainability content (and course descriptions):

PDF Attached

The website URL where the inventory of course offerings with sustainability content is publicly available:
A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the course inventory:

Carnegie Mellon does not distinguish between sustainability focused and sustainability related courses in our course catalog. However for the purposes of this survey we have completed a review of our courses and offer a breakdown by category.
The complete University schedule of courses is reviewed by A SEER staff member and a student assistant. In addition, list of courses developed by the faculty directors of the environmental minor degree programs were consulted. The courses were compiled and divided into categories by the SEER staff member and student assistant and the final list was reviewed by the SEER faculty director and the co-chair of the University Green Practices committee, also a faculty member.

How did the institution count courses with multiple offerings or sections in the inventory?:

A brief description of how courses with multiple offerings or sections were counted (if different from the options outlined above):

If a course was offered with both a graduate and undergraduate course number it was counted in each category. But any course with multiple sections in undergraduate or graduate levels was counted only once.

Which of the following course types were included in the inventory?:
Yes or No
Internships No
Practicums No
Independent study No
Special topics Yes
Thesis/dissertation No
Clinical No
Physical education No
Performance arts Yes

Does the institution designate sustainability courses in its catalog of course offerings?:

Does the institution designate sustainability courses on student transcripts?:

Approximately 3000 courses offered at Carnegie Mellon each semester (Fall and Spring), with approximately half of the courses graduate, and half undergraduate.

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