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Overall Score 69.81
Liaison Kathleen Crawford
Submission Date July 28, 2017
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Florida Gulf Coast University
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Katie Leone
Sustainability Coordinator
Environmental Health & Safety
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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:
Environmental Studies (B.A.)

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

The environmental studies major is designed to prepare students for the rapidly expanding and dynamic possibilities for jobs related to the critical environmental issues facing our planet.

Through integrated interdisciplinary learning experiences based in the classroom, in the laboratory, in the field, and off-campus, students will meet science goals shared by those in the natural sciences and will develop skills and experience in:

-The ability to gather, analyze, and synthesize information.
-The process of science, its application to developing public
policy, and the ethical issues of this application.
-Effective communication and problem solving in professional
settings and situations requiring collaborative teamwork.
-A systems perspective on environmental issues that includes
the historical, cultural, economic, and ecological considerations.
-The ecosystems of Southwest Florida and the ability to
apply this local knowledge to other regions of the globe.
-The application of the concept of sustainability.


The website URL for the undergraduate degree program:
Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Environmental Engineering (B.S.Env.E.)

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

Environmental Engineering involves the application of engineering principles to the design and development of systems, processes, and tools needed for the protection of the environment, human health, and natural ecosystems in order to foster sustainable development. The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering (B.S.Env.E.) emphasizes municipal, natural, and industrial environments with focus on the core competency areas of water and wastewater treatment, water resources engineering, solid and hazardous waste management, and air and water quality control. This program employs a team-based interdisciplinary learning philosophy. This approach provides students with the critical thinking skills required for effective and innovative engineering practice.

The mission of the B.S.Env.E. degree program is to:

-Deliver graduates broadly educated in engineering approaches to problem solving for a sustainable future for South Florida and beyond
-Prepare leaders for the Environmental Engineering professions, professional licensure and practice, graduate and professional degrees and lifelong learning
-Provide an interdisciplinary, entrepreneurial and service oriented learning environment that values diversity, ethical practice, professionalism, and collaborative approaches to achieve sustainability across environmental engineering sub-disciplines

The B.S.Env.E. program at FGCU is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.


The website URL for the undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
Integrated Studies

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

The B.A. in Integrated Studies combines courses across programs in order to produce deep learning and a better understanding of the interrelationships between academic subjects. Sustainability and civic engagement are core tenants of the Integrated Studies B.A.. The program provides flexibility in meeting individual student interests and learning goals and blends existing and new experiences, information, and perspectives into the learners’ total understanding of their world.


The 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, concentrations or certificates for undergraduate students?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Climate Change Minor

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

General Requirements

-Students must meet with a college advisor to declare a minor and review the course requirements.
-A grade of C or higher is required in all courses for the minor.
-A minimum of 12 credit hours of the minor must be completed at FGCU.
-Students desiring certification of a minor and designation on their academic transcript must verify that the minor is displayed on their Graduation Application.

Specific Information

Complete the following:

-BSC 1010C General Biology w/Lab I (4) or (BSC 1010 (3) and BSC 1010L (1))
-BSC 1011C General Biology w/Lab II (4) or (BSC 1011 (3) and BSC 1011L (1))
-BSC 3303 Biogeography (3)
-EVR 2861 Introduction to Environmental Policy (3)
-GLY 1000C Physical Geology (4)

Complete one of the following:

-GLY 4074C Meteorology and Climatology (3)
-GLY 4244C Biogeochemistry (3)

Complete one of the following:

-GLY 3603C Geobiology (3)
-GLY 4700C Coastal & Watershed Geology (3)

TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS REQUIRED: 24 HRS


The website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Environmental Education Minor

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

Admission Requirements:

No new students are being accepted at this time.

-Students must meet with a college advisor or declare a minor and review the course requirements.
-A grade of C or higher is required for all courses in the minor.
-A minimum of 12 credit hours of the minor must be completed at FGCU.
-Students desiring certification of a minor and designation on their academic transcript must note the minor on the Application for Graduation.

Minor Requirements

Complete the following:

-BSC 1051C Environmental Biology (3)
OR
-OCE 1001C Marine Systems (3)

AND
-ANT 2040C Foundations in Museum Studies (3)
-EVR 4423 Teaching and Learning in the Outdoors (1)
-EVR 4424 National Curricula in Environmental Education (1)
-EVR 4425 Communication and Social Media in Environmental Education (1)
-EVR 4914 Interpreting the Environment (3)
-EVR 4924 Environmental Education (3)

Complete six hours from the following:

-ANT 2410 Cultural Anthropology (3)
-BSC 3303 Biogeography (3)
-CRW 2732 Intro to Nature Writing (3)
-EVR 2861 Introduction to Environmental Policy (3)
-EVR 3025 Cultural Ecology (3)
-EVR 4026 Human Ecology and Systems (3)
-HUM 2395 Environmental Humanities (3)
-IDS 3332 Issues in Culture and Society (3)
-SPC 3543 Ecological Communication (3)

A maximum of one course from the following group may be used as an elective (but none is required):

-BOT 2800 Plants and Society (3)
-BOT 3153 Flora of SW Florida (3)
-ZOO 3205C Invertebrate Zoology (3)
-ZOO 3713C Vertebrate Form and Function (3)
-ZOO 4272C Ornithology (3)
-ZOO 4422C Herpetology (3)
-ZOO 4454C Ichthyology (3)
-ZOO 4480C Mammalogy (3)

TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS REQUIRED: 21 HRS


The website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
Peace & Social Justice Minor

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

Admission Requirements

-Students must meet with a college advisor to declare a minor and review the course requirements.
-A grade of C or higher is required for all courses in the minor.
-A minimum of 12 credit hours of the minor must be completed at FGCU.
-Students desiring certification of a minor and designation on their academic transcript must verify that the minor is displayed on their Graduation Application.

Minor Requirements

Complete 6 hours from the following:

Cultural Studies
-AML 4713 Working-Class Literature in the U.S. (3)
-INR 2005 Peace and Conflict in the Public Sphere (3)
-LIT 4353 Ethnic Studies (3)
-POT 3075 Culture and Politics (3)
-POT 4514 Theories of Political Violence (3)

Complete 9 hours from the following with at least 3 hours from each category:

Area Studies
-CPO 3303 Latin American Politics (3)
-CPO 3403 Politics of the Middle East (3)
-INR 4303 U.S. Foreign Policy (3)
Legal Studies
-CCJ 4662 Minorities and Crime (3)
-CJL 4415 Law and Social Control (3)
-POS 3691 Law, Politics, and Society (3)

TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS REQUIRED: 15 HRS


The website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused undergraduate minors, concentrations and certificates:

-B.A.Communication students can concentrate in Environmental Communication:
http://www.fgcu.edu/CAS/Communication/index.asp

-Community Planning and Development Minor
http://www.fgcu.edu/Catalog/minorsdetail.asp?ID=86


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