Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.50
Liaison Elaine Durr
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2018
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Elon University
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Janet MacFall
Professor of Environmental Studies and Biology
Chair of the Department of Environmental Studies
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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:
B.A. Environmental Studies

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

The B.S. degree in Environmental Studies supports the education objectives of students whose primary interests lie in the areas of environmental planning, policy development, and sustainable resource management. This degree blends foundational studies in environmental science, economics, ethics and political science with advanced study in the social sciences to develop the skills necessary to address societal needs and concerns involving the environment. Students develop a solid understanding of ecological principles enhanced by knowledge of related economic, social, cultural, political, legal and ethical issues. They consider environmental issues from many perspectives, exploring the balance between human needs and human impacts on ecosystems as they compare the natural environment to the built-environment. Then they apply that knowledge through real-world experiences and fieldwork. By graduation, students are prepared to carry those critical skills into any of a number of postgraduate opportunities or career possibilities.


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Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
A.B. Environmental and Sustainability Studies

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

The A.B. degree provides a foundation in the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences, and advanced study in one of three applied focus areas (responsible design and building arts, sustainable food production, or human ecology) to support students interested in green design, corporate sustainability, environmental communications, journalism and environmental art. Students develop a solid understanding of ecological principles enhanced by knowledge of related economic, social, cultural, political, legal and ethical issues. They consider environmental issues from many perspectives, exploring the balance between human needs and human impacts on ecosystems as they compare the natural environment to the built-environment. Then they apply that knowledge through real-world experiences and fieldwork. By graduation, students are prepared to carry those critical skills into any of a number of postgraduate opportunities or career possibilities.


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Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
B.S. in Environmental and Ecological Science

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

The B.S. degree in Environmental and Ecological Science includes advanced study of ecological processes for those students who are specifically interested in environmental science careers in ecosystem management, wildlife ecology, conservation biology and environmental monitoring. Students develop a solid foundation in sciences as well as an understanding of the social, political, ethical and economic dimensions of environmental problems. The coursework provides both depth and technical expertise in current-day approaches to studying, monitoring, and managing natural populations, landscapes and ecosystems. The program culminates in a capstone senior seminar experience that requires students to apply their knowledge and technical skills to address a real-world local environmental issue.


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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:
Environmental and Sustainability Studies

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

The minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies was developed for students with a major in another field of study who have an interest in developing their understanding of sustainability and the environment.


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