Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.20
Liaison Kimberly Williams
Submission Date March 5, 2020

STARS v2.2

George Washington University
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.52 / 8.00 Tara Scully
Director of the Sustainability Minor Program
Assistant Professor of Biology
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Has the institution adopted one or more sustainability learning outcomes that apply to the entire student body or, at minimum, to the institution's predominant student body?:
No

Which of the following best describes the sustainability learning outcomes?:
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A list of the institution level sustainability learning outcomes:

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences includes sustainability as a learning outcome for all of their graduates. GW's ABET accreditation requires a number of specific student outcomes, (a) through (k) that have to be met by all "engineering" students graduating from the five engineering departments. Two of the outcomes address environmental impacts and sustainability. They are:

(c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.

(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.

The outcomes for Computer Science accreditation do not specifically address sustainability, and so were not included in this review.


Total number of graduates from degree programs:
6,994

Number of graduates from degree programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:
1,333

A brief description of how the figure above was determined:

Number of graduates from degree programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability was determined by calculating the number of graduates from degree programs that require successful completion of a sustainability-focused [SUST] course as identified in the Academic Courses credit.


A list of degree programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:

Sustainability related degree programs

GW Columbian College of Arts & Sciences
Undergraduate Degree Programs

● BS Biological Anthropology
o BISC1111 & BISC1112 is required
● BA Biology
o BISC 1111 & 1112 is required
o CHEM2152 is required, only sustainability designated when taught by Prof Voutchova
● BS Biology
o BISC 1111 or 1112 is required
o CHEM2152 is required, only sustainability designated when taught by Prof Voutchova
● BS Biophysics
o BISC1111 & 1112 is required
● BA Chemistry
o CHEM2152 is required, only sustainability designated when taught by Prof Voutchova
● BS Chemistry
o CHEM2152 is required, only sustainability designated when taught by Prof Voutchova
o “Option 4” requires BISC 1111 & 1112
● BA Environmental Studies
o BISC 1006 or BISC1112
o GEOL1005
o GEOG1003
o Requirements BISC2454 and BISC3460
● BA Geological Sciences
o GEOL1001, GEOL1005, CHEM1111, CHEM1112 are required
● BS Geological Sciences
o GEOL1001, GEOL1005, CHEM1111, CHEM1112 are required
● BFA Interior Architecture & Design
o IAD3410 is required

GW Columbian College of Arts & Sciences
Graduate Degree Programs
● MA American Studies
o Concentration in Historic Preservation: AMST6495 required
● MA Anthropology
o Concentration in International Development: ANTH6302 is required
● MA Environmental and Natural Resource Policy
o All courses required are sustainability related
● MA Public Policy concentration in Philosophy and Social Policy
o Required to take four of seven: PHIL6320, PHIL6231, PHIL6262, PHIL6281
● MFA Interior Architecture and Design
o IAD6410 is required
● Master’s Public Policy
o Must take three courses in policy field one of which is Environmental Policy
● PhD in Biological Sciences
o Major research fields include ecology
● PhD Biostatistics
o PubH6121 is required
● PhD Human Paleobiology
o Requires one course in field of Animal Behavior/Ecology
● Certificate in Contexts of Environmental Policy
o Offered with ENRP, must take PPPA6006 or PPPA6066 and three from categories of “Policy/Social Studies courses” and “Culture Courses”

GW School of Engineering and Applied Science
Undergraduate Degree Programs
● BA in Applied Science and Technology
o BISC1111&1112 recommended course of study
● BA Biomedical Engineering
o BISC1111&1112 recommended course of study
● BS Civil Engineering
o Recommended course of study includes: CE1010, GEOL1001, CE3520, CE3521, CE4410, CE4411, CE4620, CE4530
o Includes a learning outcome of “improvement of our environment”
● BS Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering Option
o Recommended course of study includes: CE1010, GEOL1001, CE3520, CE3521, CE4410, CE4411, CE4620, CE4530
o Includes learning outcome of “sustainability”
● BS Civil Engineering, Medical Preparation Option
o Recommended course of study includes: CE1010, BISC1111&1112, CE3520, CE3521, CE4410, CE4411, CE4530
● BS Civil Engineering, Sustainability Option
o CE1010, CE2510, GEOL1001, CE3140, CE3520, CE3521, CE4410, CE4411, CE4620, CE4530, CE4450
● BS Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering Option
o CE1010, GEOL1001, CE3520, CE3521, CE4410, CE4411, CE4620, CE4530
● BS Computer Science
o No sustainability requirements but two of the non-technical track options are “Environment” and “Climate Change”
● BS Electrical Engineering
o None (which seems odd)
● BS Mechanical Engineering
o MAE4149
● BS Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Option
o BISC1005
● BS Mechanical Engineering, Medical Preparation Option
o BISC1111&1112, MAE4149
● BS Mechanical Engineering, Patent Law Option
o MAE4149
● BS Systems Engineering
o EMSE3740, EMSE3855W
o Science requirement can be met by BISC1111&1112
Graduate
● MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering
o CE6503, CE6605
● MS Engineering Management
o “Environmental and Energy Management” is one of five focus areas
o Focus Area “Environmental and Energy Management” requires EMSE6220, EMSE6225, EMSE6235, EMSE6260. Has Electives of EMSE6200, 6230, 6240, 6245, 6285, 6290, 6295, 6992
● MS Systems Engineering
o EMSE6410 is required
● Graduate Certificates are offered in:
o Environmental Engineering
o Geoenvironmental Engineering
o Greenhouse Gas Management
o Systems Engineering
o Transportation Engineering
o Energy Engineering and Management

GW School of Business
Graduate Degree Programs
● Master of Tourism Administration
o TSTD6249
● Graduate Certificates offered in:
o Walkable Urban Development
o Responsible Management
o Non-Profit Management

GW Elliott School of International Affairs
Undergraduate Degree Programs
● BA in International Affairs
o Concentration in Global Public Health Requirement: PubH3133
o Concentration in International Development Requirement: ANTH3501
o Concentration in International Environmental Studies requires one of the following (all sust related): GEOG2110, IAFF3190 ST in International Environmental Policy, SUST1001, GEOG3120 (not listed as Green Leaf but should be).

GW Milken Institute School of Public Health
Undergraduate Degree Programs
● BS Exercise Science
o Required: BISC1111/1112, EXNS 2114/2115
● BS Exercise Science, pre-athletic training/sports medicine
o Required: BISC1111/1112, EXNS 2114/2115
● BS Exercise Science, premedical professional concentration
o Required: BISC1111/1112, EXNS 2114/2115
● BS Exercise Science, pre physical therapy
o Required: BISC1111/1112, EXNS 2114/2115
● BS Public Health
o Required: BISC1005, BISC1111, PubH1101, PubH3132, PubH3133, PubH3135
● Undergraduate Minor in Nutrition
o Required (all sust related): EXNS1114;1118;2114;2115;2122
● MPH Biostatistics
o Required: PubH6004
● MPH Community Oriented Primary Care
o Required: PubH6004
● MPH Environmental Health Science and Policy
o Required: PubH6004;6121;6122;6123,6124;6126;6131
● MPH Epidemiology
o Required: PubH6004
● MPH Global Public Health
o Required: PubH6004;6121;6126;6128;6131
● MPH Global Health Communication
o Required: PubH6004
● MPH Global Health Design, Monitoring and Evaluation
o Required: PubH6004
● MPH Global Health Policy
o Required: PubH6004;6440
● MPH Global Health Epidemiology
o Required: PubH6004;6440
● MPH Health Policy Management
o Required: PubH6004
● MPH Health Promotion
o Required: PubH6004
● MPH Maternal and Child Health
o Required: PubH6004;6551
● MPH Physical Activity in Public Health
o Required: PubH6004
● MPH Public Health Communication and Marketing
o Required: PubH6004
● MPH Public Health Nutrition
o Required: PubH6004; EXNS6242; PubH6611;6612;6613;6482
● MPH@GWU
o Required: PubH6004
● MS Epidemiology
o Pre-reqs BISC 1111/1112
● MS Exercise Science with concentration in Strength and Conditioning
o Required: EXNS6209
● MS in Public Health Microbiology and Emerging Infectious Disease
o Required: PubH6004
● Master of Health Administration
o Required: PubH6004
● Doctor of Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
o Required: PubH8411;8412
● DrPH Biostatistics
o Required: PubH6121
● PhD Epidemiology
o Pre-req: BISC1111/1112

GW College of Professional Studies
● Master of Professional Studies: Landscape Design
o All classes have sustainability content
● Master of Professional Studies: Sustainable Urban Planning
o All classes have sustainability content


Documentation supporting the figure reported above (upload):
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Do the figures reported above cover one, two, or three academic years?:
One

Percentage of students who graduate from programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:
19.06

Website URL where information about the sustainability learning outcomes is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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We are certain that our calculation is an under-count. Undertaking this calculation is a time consuming and complex task at a university as large and decentralized as GW. To arrive at the 1,333, we considered only those sustainability courses required for the degree. We have not tried to estimate how many GW students take an elective that has sustainability content.

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