Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.75
Liaison Katharine Gross
Submission Date Feb. 16, 2022

STARS v2.2

Lehigh University
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Katharine Targett Gross
Sustainability Officer
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution offer at least one ​sustainability-focused​ major, degree, or certificate program for undergraduate students?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate degree program:
Environmental Engineering

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

The Mission of our Environmental Engineering Bachelor of Science degree program is to educate students in the principles and methods essential to the practice and advancement of the interdisciplinary field of environmental engineering. The program is proactive and continues to incorporate new and emerging paradigms in all aspects of teaching and education while maintaining rigorous standards in traditional approaches to engineered solutions of environmental problems. Graduates of the program possess technical expertise required to maintain a healthy balance between societal welfare, economic growth and the environment surrounding us.

The Program Educational Objectives of our accredited Environmental Engineering Bachelor of Science program are to prepare environmental engineering graduates to:

- Develop careers in environmental engineering and other professionally related fields.
- Seek additional professional training and personal development.
- Apply their skills to develop innovative solutions and technologies.
- Pursue professional licensure and/or certification.
- Advance to become members of professional societies and future leaders in their profession.


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Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Environmental Studies

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

The Environmental Studies BA program examines the cultural, economic, historical, communication, political and social factors that influence local, national, international and global environmental issues and policies. Investigating a wide range of perspectives, it includes a broad exposure to many factors confronting humans as they struggle with complex problems and possible solutions to environmental questions.


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Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
Global Studies

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

Almost every aspect of human existence has been touched by the dynamic of globalization, which may be the defining characteristic of the 21st Century.
Yet, the origins, history, evolution, and impact of globalization – even its very definition – are subject to intense debate. We can surely say, however, that every student leaving college and entering the workforce – the world – should have a fundamental understanding of globalization.
Such understanding will give students crucial knowledge and skills that will set them apart in this new world and help them succeed in an increasingly globalized context. It will help them anticipate the social, cultural, economic and political changes brought about by globalization — and the resistance to globalization. It will better prepare students to draw connections in an interdependent and interconnected world.


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

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor or concentration:
Energy Engineering

A brief description of the undergraduate minor or concentration:

Lehigh’s undergraduate minor in energy engineering touches upon the technologies associated with the transformation and use of energy in various forms. Since every sector of engineering and the economy requires energies of one form or another, the courses included in this minor cover fossil, nuclear and renewable energy technologies.

The mechanical engineering curriculum provides the fundamental knowledge in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and other related areas leading up to the courses for the energy engineering minor. The courses offer a wide variety of topics, including fundamental, analytical and design aspects of energy conservation as well as various forms of energy used in power generation, transportation and industry.


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Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor or concentration (2nd program):
Earth and Environmental Sciences

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

Lehigh’s undergraduate minor in earth and environmental sciences expose students to the fundamentals in environmental science, geology, and ecology, all in the context of a modern earth-systems-science approach. The robust degree programs are aimed at helping students prepare for a wide range of possible career paths in basic and applied science as well as a larger constellation of careers in areas like law, government, and business.

The curriculum reflects the great range in approaches to studying the Earth system. It addresses the needs of both majors and non-majors who, as future citizens and leaders in business and government, will play an important role in facing issues of natural resources, hazards, environment, and energy.


Website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor or concentration (3rd program):
Environmental Studies

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

Lehigh’s undergraduate minor in environmental studies is an interdisciplinary program available for students in the College of Arts and Sciences who are interested in environmental affairs from the perspectives of the social sciences and humanities.


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Offered undergraduate programs were not impacted by COVID-19 and therefore are representative of a normal year.

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