Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.16
Liaison Matthew Liesch
Submission Date May 13, 2024

STARS v2.2

Central Michigan University
AC-4: Graduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Tiffany Jurge
Coordinator
Central Sustainability
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for graduate students?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused graduate-level degree program:
Earth & Ecosystem Science

A brief description of the graduate-level degree program:
The Earth and Ecosystem Science doctoral program at Central Michigan University offers advanced scientific training and delves deeply into environmental patterns and processes, emphasizing a systems-level, interdisciplinary human systems approach to research.

Students engage in collaborative work with experienced faculty to assess the intricate physical, chemical, geological, and biological makeup of diverse natural environments while still gaining experience that transfer to more human-focused fields like engineering, geology, and computer sciences. Emphasis is placed on understanding the interactions among various factors that influence earth and ecosystem processes.

Within CMU's EES research, there is a keen exploration of patterns such as biodiversity and physical architecture, alongside evaluations of processes like outcomes and transport efficiency. Furthermore, the program places significant emphasis on assessing environmental regulations and effectively managing ecosystems and their critical components.

While students have a wide array of concentration options available, the program's core objective remains rooted in comprehensively understanding human systems within ecosystems. This knowledge is then applied to address sustainability-focused challenges, trends, and global issues.

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Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (2nd program):
Biology

A brief description of the graduate degree program (2nd program):
The Biology masters program allows for not only meaningful research but valuable field opportunities. This hands-on program gives students a chance to work with distinguished faculty while exploring the natural wonders that surround us.

Students can choose from two tracks in this program. The first is meant for students preparing for research-oriented careers or further study and requires a thesis. Coursework will be approved by an advisory committee, and students complete minor research or independent study reports.

Highlights as listed on the website :
Our biological station on Beaver Island in Lake Michigan is a researcher's dream: Explore cedar swamps, sand dunes, and the lake itself on our research vessel, MV Chippewa.
The 4-story, 169,000-square-foot Biosciences Building is home to a vivarium, herbarium and microscopy facility.

The focus of this program strongly emphasizes sustainability and protecting the environment, as well as allows for a focus concentration in conservation biology. The concentration in conservation reads, “Careers protecting the environment start here. Learn the latest field techniques and conduct research at our new Biosciences Building or our biological station on Beaver Island. When you graduate with a concentration in conservation biology, you'll be ready for a career at a conservation agency or in government, or to pursue a Ph.D.”

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Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (3rd program):
Ph.D. in the Science of Advanced Materials

A brief description of the graduate degree program (3rd program):
Website reads: “Advanced materials offer the potential for solving problems and improving lives. You can be at the forefront of research into material development, application, improvement, and enhancement through the science of advanced materials doctoral program at Central Michigan University. Advanced materials research paves the way for innovations through multidisciplinary approaches.”

This program is designed to be research intensive along with interdisciplinary courses on the science of materials. Students can choose electives and courses from departments such as Physics, Chemistry, and Engineering. Within this program, students have the opportunity to pursue research in sustainability focused topics such as sustainable engineering, advanced analysis, problem-solving and communication of sustainability-related issues.

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Does the institution offer one or more graduate-level sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates?:
Yes

Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate:
Conservation Biology

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Website Reads: "Careers protecting the environment start here. Learn the latest field techniques and conduct research at our new Biosciences Building or our biological station on Beaver Island. When you graduate with a concentration in conservation biology, you'll be ready for a career at a conservation agency or in government, or to pursue a Ph.D."

This degree concentration delves into the world of conservation vs. preservation issues as well as natural resources management. Sustainability is a fundamental principal of conservation organizations.

This concentration provides students with research-based and hands-on knowledge that prepares them to apply these concepts to all aspects of sustainability as it pertains to the environment and complex ecosystems.

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