Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.21
Liaison Darcy Coughlan
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2021

STARS v2.2

Coastal Carolina University
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Darcy Coughlan
Associate Director
Sustain Coastal
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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:
Sustainability & Coastal Resilience, B.A. and B.S.

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:
Sustainability and Coastal Resilience is an interdisciplinary degree program that offers an in-depth undergraduate experience while teaching students to think about important issues from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. The program embraces its location to educate students about environmental issues affecting a sustainable ecosystem, as well as economic and community sustainability and resilience. Unique to this program, students will apply knowledge and skills to the issues specifically facing coastal communities through coursework that focuses on coastal resiliency, a growing subfield in the sustainability profession. The interdisciplinary degree program allows students to design their own pathway through their major, choosing areas of study and coursework that reflect their interests, passions, and career goals. Students can choose from 3 concentrations - they can pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus on either Policy and Culture or a focus on Business and Economics; or they can pursue a Bachelor of Science degree pathway with a focus on Science and Ecosystems.

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Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Certificate in Sustainability

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
The combination of awareness, skill sets, and applied experiences with sustainability cultivated through the certificate program, with the foundational skills from their majors, will provide students with greater opportunities for career and post-graduate development, as well as civic engagement in our communities. The Certificate in Sustainability program is designed to offer students an integrated interdisciplinary structure to develop diverse competencies and tools for fields in both public and private sectors, including energy, education, corporations, nongovernmental organizations, government, and international organizations. The Certificate in Sustainability program encourages students to critically analyze their chose fields with an eye toward 21st century problem solving skills for a better tomorrow. MISSION STATEMENT The Certificate in Sustainability will enable students to gain and use knowledge and skills in the multi-disciplinary facets of sustainability to develop analytical and reflective tools for personal and professional development. Sustainability examines the economic, environmental, ethical, political, and social dimensions of developing a decent standard of living for everyone today without compromising the needs of future generations. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES Upon receipt of the Sustainability Certificate, students will be able to: Analyze sustainability through the lens of various disciplines. Apply sustainability to their local and global surroundings. Communicate the significance of sustainability within their major disciplines. Apply sustainability perspectives and approaches to their major fields of study. Critically examine sustainability issues through various perspectives and using multiple methods.

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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:
Environmental Science minor

A brief description of the undergraduate minor or concentration:
The curriculum in the environmental science minor is designed to provide students with a rigorous interdisciplinary education in environmental science so they will possess the skills and knowledge needed to find effective, informed and ethical solutions to problems that involve interactions between physical, chemical, biological, economic and social factors. The program is designed as preparation for students seeking environmental careers, including enrollment in graduate programs, in areas including environmental policy and management, environmental education, and environmental monitoring and assessment.

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Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor or concentration (2nd program):
Environmental Studies Minor

A brief description of the undergraduate minor or concentration (2nd program):
The environmental studies minor utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to help students develop their understanding of important environmental issues and potential solutions to these challenges. Students will develop a basic scientific understanding of how ecosystems function and how people interact with the natural environment. Students will also examine environmental issues from a variety of perspectives by taking courses about the natural environment in a variety of disciplines such as economics, philosophy, politics and geography, recreation and sports management, and sociology.

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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
2020-21 Catalog Information Sustainability & Coastal Resilience, B.A. and B.S.: B.A.: Business and Economics Concentration - https://catalog.coastal.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=16&poid=3324&returnto=579 B.A.: Policy and Culture Concentration - https://catalog.coastal.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=16&poid=3325&returnto=579 B.S.: Science and Ecosystems Concentration - https://catalog.coastal.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=16&poid=3326&returnto=579 Certificate in Sustainability - https://catalog.coastal.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=16&poid=2991&returnto=579 Environmental Studies Minor - https://catalog.coastal.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=16&poid=2992&returnto=579 Environmental Science Minor - https://catalog.coastal.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=16&poid=3125&returnto=579

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