Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.19
Liaison Ali Dutton
Submission Date May 13, 2016
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Florida International University
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Alexandra Dutton
Program Manager
Office of University Sustainability
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for undergraduate students?:
Yes

The name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (1st program):
Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability and the Environment

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program (1st program):

The B.A. in Sustainability and the Environment introduces students to the challenges of managing natural resources needed for today while conserving adequate supplies of those resources for the future. Students will learn about factors that determine the sustainability of human institutions, organizations, cultures, and technologies in different environments. This program not only builds on the skills generated by discipline-based study, but makes it possible to address the linkages between people in their social, natural, and built environment. Students will work on real-world challenges using various approaches. By engaging a breadth of knowledge and experience, and by acquiring the skills to integrate various domains of knowledge, sustainability students prepare themselves for a variety of careers.


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The name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies

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

The Bachelor of Science degree provides students with a strong background in the natural sciences as preparation for technical work in the environmental field. The program is particularly strong in its chemistry and biology requirements and many students take a minor in either subject. However, the B.S. degree is interdisciplinary in nature, and majors are also required to take courses in environmental economics and policy, as well as a course in environmental ethics.


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Does the institution offer one or more sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates for undergraduate students?:
Yes

The name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (1st program):
Certificate in Environmental Studies

A brief description of the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (1st program):

The Environmental Certificate is designed to provide students in various majors with the unique perspective of interdisciplinary environmental education to both enrich and expand the breadth of their primary training. The Certificate seeks to provide participants with an analytical basis for understanding local and global environmental problems and processes. The Program requires no prerequisite and is complimentary to majors in all disciplines and schools at the University. This Certificate is also appropriate for persons who already have a degree but would like to increase their knowledge of contemporary environmental issues.


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The name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Certificate in Agroecology

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

This is a new undergraduate certificate program in interdisciplinary agroecology and urban landscapes offered by the Department of Environmental Studies in strategic alliance with the Miami-Dade College, MAERC, and USDA's Agricultural Research Service. The program requires a total of six courses (18 credit hours), of which two are core courses: (i) Sustainable Agriculture and (ii) Agroecology. These courses focus on theory, problems and issues in agriculture and urban development, involve farm/field apprenticeship, sampling and monitoring, and chemical and geo-spatial laboratory analysis. The program also requires a minimum of two courses in general environmental science, ecology and natural resource management. The remaining two courses will be devoted to quantitative techniques.


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