Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.21
Liaison Jennifer McMillin
Submission Date July 28, 2020

STARS v2.2

Cleveland State University
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Jennifer McMillin
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:
BA Environmental Studies

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

The Environmental Studies major is designed for students interested in working in environmental planning and analysis for business, industry or government. Students examine major issues dealing with sustainable development, air and water pollution, and hazardous substances. Groundwater protection, wetlands, solid waste disposal, pollution prevention, toxic land contamination, and the treatment of wastewater are some of the many topics addressed.

Students learn to analyze environmental problems of urban areas, build in more sustainable ways, explore policy issues, and understand the social context of environmental conflicts. Our graduates work in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors in environmental and land-use planning, environmental review, recycling coordination, advocacy, and environmental health and safety. In addition to professional careers, this degree prepares students for law school and graduate study.

Specialized sequences are offered in:
Environmental Planning and Sustainable Development
Environmental Management


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Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
BA Urban and Regional Studies

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

The Urban and Regional Studies major entails the study of America's cities, metropolitan areas, and their people. Students learn about the cultural, political, and historical aspects of urban living and the influence of these factors on the growth and decline of businesses and neighborhoods. Urban Studies is an interdisciplinary program that includes a foundation in urban geography, urban economic and political systems, and social issues. A minor in Urban Studies is also available.

Concentrations are offered in:
Urban & Regional Planning
Public Management
Environmental Policy and Management
GIS & Applications
Personally-Designed Track

The Environmental Policy and Management track is designed to give students an understanding of the economic, political, and social changes necessary for improving the quality of the physical environment in cities. Courses focus on domestic environmental policies and programs, environmental design, and issues related to sustainable development.


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Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
BS Environmental Science

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

Environmental scientists study the effects of pollutants and toxins on ecosystems and implement ways to restore polluted environments to their natural state. They identify and quantify pollutants, as well as develop procedures for reducing them. The processes of degradation, conservation, recycling, and replenishment are central to an environmental scientist's study and work. They also study various industrial, transportation, and energy production processes in order to design effective strategies for minimizing pollution (preventative management). In addition, environmental scientists work with local communities, using their skills and knowledge to design and monitor waste disposal sites, safeguard water supplies, and recover contaminated land and water to comply with Federal environmental regulations. Environmental Science majors at Cleveland State learn concepts and facts pertaining to the scientific study of the environment, and are trained in current laboratory skills.

There are five tracks, although students can design their own course of study in consultation with a faculty advisor.
Environmental Biology Track
Environmental Geology Track
Environmental Chemistry Track
Environmental Technology Track
Environmental Planning Track

Engaged learning experiences include outdoor laboratories studying streams and watersheds, independent study and research with nationally recognized CSU faculty, and co-op and internship opportunities. CSU is a Research Experience for Undergraduates site funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), giving students in-depth research experience in environmental science. Most courses are taught by doctoral faculty. An environmental science minor is available, Students can also become involved in the Biology, Geology, and Environmental Science Student Association.


Website URL for the undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
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:
Minor in Sustainable Urban Development

A brief description of the undergraduate minor or concentration:

Sustainable Urban Development Minor

Sustainable Urban Development
Required Courses:
UST 300 Economics of Policy Analysis
UST 301 Urban Development
UST 436 Urban Sustainability
UST 485 GIS Principles

Choose two (6 hrs):
UST 418 Intro to Urban Planning
UST 420 Urban Design Seminar
UST 425 Economic Development Finance
UST 435 Environmental Policy & Administration
UST 441 Environmental Planning
UST 458 Urban Policy Analysis


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

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

Environmental Science Minor
A minor program of study in Environmental Science consists of 19 or 20 credit hours. BIO 202/203, EVS 206, EVS 300/301, and EVS 302/303 are required courses. Select one of the following courses to complete the minor: CHM 255, CVE 471, or EVS 223.


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

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

Environmental Studies Minor

Required Courses:
UST 200 Introduction to Urban Studies
UST 435 Environmental Policy & Administration
Natural Science Course (choose one):
UST 259 Natural History of Cleveland
UST 289 Physical Geography
GEO 100/101 Intro to Geology

Choose three (9 hrs):
UST 436 Urban Sustainability
UST 440 Environment & Human Affairs
UST 441 Environmental Planning
UST 442 Environmental Finance & Capital Budgeting
UST 485 GIS Principles


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