Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.65
Liaison Laura Bain
Submission Date Jan. 19, 2018
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Furman University
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Laura Bain
Associate Director of Sustainability Assessment
David E. Shi Center for Sustainability
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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:
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Sustainability Science:

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

The Bachelor of Science in Sustainability Science is the only one of its kind at a liberal arts university. The curriculum is designed to provide students with a marketable skill set and a holistic, problem-based, solution-driven way of thinking that considers the complexity and feedbacks between social, economic, and environmental systems. Classes focus on addressing real-world sustainability problems like food security, energy production, and access to clean water. The degree is rooted in the primacy of the environment and recognizes that the scale of human civilization is limited by our natural resources. The interconnected nature of the environment-society-economy relationships requires systems thinking to understand sustainability problems and develop solutions. Furman's campus and the Greenville community provides a natural laboratory to consider appropriate solutions to real-world sustainability challenges. The capstone of the B.S. degree is a group practicum project or an original research project completed in collaboration with a faculty member, the results of which are presented at a local or national professional meeting.


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Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences:

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

As an Earth and Environmental Sciences major, you will study the physical, chemical, and biological, natural and human processes, in both time and space, which have shaped the planet. Courses are designed to help you understand the complexity, interconnectedness, and dynamic nature of the Earth system.

All of the courses, including the introductory classes, involve a field component. Class excursions include extensive use of the campus living, learning laboratories as well as many local and regional field trips to places like the Okefenokee Swamp, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the South Carolina coast. The capstone of the B.S. degree is an original research project completed in collaboration with a faculty member, the results of which are presented at a local or national professional meeting.


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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences:

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The B.A. degree is very similar to the B.S. degree but is designed for a major who wants to explore more of the human side of the environment. Typically, students who pursue the B.A. degree compliment their Earth and Environmental Sciences courses with environmental related courses in other departments like economics, political science, and sociology. Although a senior thesis experience is not required, we always encourage B.A. students to consider engaging in a research project that culminates in a thesis or presentation at a professional meeting.


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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 Studies Minor

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

The Environmental Studies minor offers 
a program of study that teaches how the Earth functions as a system and supports life; how the growing human population is transforming the Earth system; the complex relationships between culture (social, political, religious, and economic systems) and the environment; and that solutions are constructed in this social context. The minor also provides
 a course experience in which students discover the interdisciplinary nature of environmental problem solving and work in teams to address environmental issues.


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