Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 37.67
Liaison Trina Larson
Submission Date March 1, 2019
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Chandler-Gilbert Community College
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Sara Haidle
Sustainability Project Assistant
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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:
Associate in Arts, Sustainability

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

Description: The Associate in Arts (AA), Sustainability provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution and specialize in sustainability. Upon completion of a bachelor`s degree, students may pursue a number of careers including sustainability specialists, chief sustainability officers, compliance managers, environmental scientists, and city and regional planning aides. With a graduate degree, students may pursue a career in several areas including urban and regional planning and post-secondary teaching.

Program Learning Outcomes
1. Critique basic sustainability concepts, factual information, and practices.
2. Analyze how social, environmental, and economic systems relate and interact.
3. Evaluate the relationships between people and their natural and built environments.
4. Recognize policy strategies and ethical considerations relevant in the field of sustainability.
5. Examine the scope and complexity of social responsibility.
6. Practice systems-thinking toward identifying a solution in a collaborative, interdisciplinary setting.
7. Effectively communicate ideas among diverse stakeholders to build consensus for sustainability initiatives.
8. Analyze and interpret data for sustainability research application.


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Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Associate in Arts, Geography

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

Description: The Associate in Arts (AA), Geography provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to specialize in human and/or physical geography. Graduates of this Associate degree program can work as cartographers, land surveyors, GIS analysts, and forest and conservation workers. With a bachelor`s degree, students can pursue a number of careers, including geographers, hydrologists, GIS technicians and technologists, and forest fire inspectors and prevention specialists. Upon completion of a graduate degree, students can pursue careers as atmospheric and space scientists, environmental scientists, geoscientists, climate change analysts, urban planners, and geography professors.

Program Learning Outcomes
1. Evaluate spatial patterns and relationships within the framework of the scientific method.
2. Examine the interdependent relationships between the physical and human/cultural environment (such as landforms, climate, resources, political and economic systems, sociology, sustainability).
3. Critically assess and analyze real-world issues through application of geographic concepts, systems, principles, and theories.
4. Communicate geographic analyses through verbal, written, and/or geospatial techniques.
5. Recognize ethical considerations encompassing the professional activities of geographers.
6. Collaborate with diverse individuals, groups, and institutions to achieve common goals in the field of geography.


The website URL for the undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
Associate in Science (AS), Geography - Meteorology

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

Description: The Associate in Science (AS), Geography - Meteorology provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution to study meteorology and/or climatology. This associate degree will prepare students for employment opportunities in a number of careers including forest and conservation workers and air traffic controllers. Upon completion of a bachelor`s degree, students may pursue a career in several areas including broadcast meteorology, geography, hydrology, environmental science, and forest fire inspection and prevention. Upon completion of a graduate degree, students may pursue a number of careers including atmospheric and space scientist, geoscientist, climate change analyst, and geography professor.

Program Learning Outcomes
1. Recognize and explain the atmospheric processes that drive weather and climate patterns.
2. Evaluate spatial patterns and relationships within the framework of the scientific method.
3. Examine the interdependent relationships between the physical and human/cultural environment (such as landforms, climate, resources, political and economic systems, sociology, sustainability).
4. Critically assess and analyze real-world issues through application of geographic concepts, systems, principles, and theories.
5. Communicate geographic analyses through verbal, written, and/or geospatial techniques.
6. Recognize ethical considerations encompassing the professional activities of geographers.
7. Collaborate with diverse individuals, groups, and institutions to achieve common goals in the field of geography.


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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:
Academic Certificate in Sustainability

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

The Academic Certificate (AC) in Sustainability is interdisciplinary and builds a strong academic expertise along one of four significant pillars of sustainability, where students will examine and assess how to minimize unintended consequences and enhance a mutually productive relationship between man and nature.

The four pillars are organized into specialized tracks, including competition for water and other natural resources from the earth systems, political and economic treatment of the earth, coupled human-environment interactions, and entrepreneurship for transforming ideas for sustainable products/services into viable businesses.

Learning Outcomes
1. Explore the sustainable interaction between human and natural systems.
2. Analyze the concept of sustainable development within local, regional, and global contexts.


The website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
AC in Sustainability and Ecological Literacy

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

This interdisciplinary Academic Certificate (AC) in Sustainability and Ecological Literacy enhances students’ understanding of sustainable living practices associated with economics, equity and the environment. Through a combination of coursework and experiential learning, students engage in critical thinking, inquiry, and the discourse skills necessary for becoming socially responsible citizens who are environmentally aware.

The certificate is designed for students seeking an Associate in Arts Degree and planning to transfer to a four-year college or university in liberal arts, social sciences, or business.


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