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Submission Date March 1, 2021

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Clark University
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

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Complete Reporter Jenny Isler
Director of Sustainability
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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 Science and Policy

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

The interdisciplinary environmental science major introduces students to physical, biological, geographical and policy aspects of the natural environment
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Website URL for the undergraduate degree program:
Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
International Development & Social Change

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

In the International Development and Social Change program, students learn from people who are actively engaged in vital world issues, for example, post disaster reconstruction in Sri Lanka and Puerto Rico, reproductive health in Senegal, land use planning and climate change in Bolivia, and social justice and education in South Africa. The program begins by building a foundation to help students to understand and think critically about the social, political, economic and cultural dynamics shaping the world. Courses provide important insights on how the developed and developing worlds are linked historically and at present. Clark University is one of the few universities in the nation to offer a liberal-arts major in international development.


Website URL for the undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
Global Environmental Studies

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

Global Environmental Studies (GES) majors study the relations between society and environment. The major is structured so that students can critically understand how economic, cultural and political processes transform the earth’s environment. Completing the GES major involves taking classes that explore the relationship between society and environment from differing disciplinary perspectives. This means that although the major is administered by the School of Geography, GES majors can take classes that count towards the major in other programs, including: Visual and Performing Arts; International Development, Community and Environment; Biology; Chemistry, Physics, Economics; Political Science; Management; Philosophy; Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies.


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The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program(s):
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Does the institution offer one or more sustainability-focused minors or concentrations for undergraduate students?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor or concentration:
Conservation Biology

A brief description of the undergraduate minor or concentration:

Environmental biologists explore the ways in which organisms evolve and interact with one another and their environments. Levels of exploration can range from molecular evolution and genomics to ecosystem level function. Conservation biology makes up one component of this field, focusing on the biological knowledge necessary to preserve biodiversity. Because the loss of biodiversity has reached crisis proportions, we offer a focused curriculum that enables you to bring appropriate biological tools and knowledge to efforts to develop conservation strategies and policies. This curriculum is designed to provide this focus, and to allow you to design a curriculum that will prepare you for research and teaching in environmental and conservation biology.


Website URL for the undergraduate minor or concentration:
Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor or concentration (2nd program):
Earth Systems Science

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

ESS examines the structure and function of the parts of the Earth's lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere and how these system interact with one another. This integrated science, which focuses on connections between these Earth System components, is at the heart of some of our most pressing physical science and nature-societal issues, including global climate change, water availability, and the loss of biological diversity.

Clark's ESS program emphasizes the patterns and processes across the Earth's surface (to include both land and ocean) serving as an introduction to earth sciences or geosciences. Intensive field study, satellite remote sensing analysis, geographical information science (GISc), and computer simulation are all used as tools for understanding, monitoring, and predicting Earth System behavior. The ESS track of the Environmental Science major trains graduates for a wide range of professional endeavors as well as more advanced studies involving physical geography, to include landscape ecology, land-atmosphere interactions, hydrology, biogeochemistry, remote sensing, and GISc.


Website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor or concentration (3rd program):
Human Environmental Geography

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

Analyzes the ways that human societies have used, shaped and constructed nature; impacts of societies, economies and cultures on ecological systems.


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The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused undergraduate minors and concentrations:
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All majors have accompanying minors; to list all in the options tab would be too much information

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