Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 49.39
Liaison Lynn Stoddard
Submission Date Dec. 31, 2018
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Eastern Connecticut State University
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Stephen Nathan
Environmental Earth Science Professor
Environmental Earth Science
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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:
Sustainable Energy Science

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

The Sustainable Energy Science is appropriate for students interested in the impact of energy consumption on humans and the natural environment and the application of renewable energy to addressing these problems.
In addition to formal coursework, independent studies and internships offer students the opportunity to integrate field, laboratory, technical writing, and computer skills in the investigation of energy resources and the application of energy science.


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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:
Sustainable Energy Studies

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

The production and consumption of energy, especially energy based on fossil fuels, is a major source of environmental and social problems in the U.S. and the world, including global warming, air pollution, ecosystem destruction, and economic instability. Continuing growth in fossil fuel energy consumption is not sustainable into the indefinite future and a transition to an economy based on renewable energy technologies such as hydroelectric, solar, and wind energy is inevitable. Sustainable Energy Studies is the study of this transition through the perspectives of the natural sciences and the social sciences. Students who minor in Sustainable Energy Studies will be prepared to work as energy policy specialists in government, industry, and education.
The objectives of the minor in Sustainable Energy Studies are:
1. To introduce students to the emerging field of sustainable energy studies.
2. To prepare students for post-graduate employment involving energy policy.
3. To insure that science students understand the social and economic implications of energy technology.
4. To insure that social science students comprehend the technological and scientific basis of energy policy.
5. To prepare educators to teach about energy science and energy policy.


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