Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 33.07
Liaison John Lerczak
Submission Date March 6, 2020
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Lewis University
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Jerry Kavouras
Chair, Assoc Professor/Biology
Biology
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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 Science Bachelor of Science

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

Through this degree students study the interactions of the biological, chemical and physical processes of the Earth- learning how the complex systems of the planet operate, the relationship between man and nature, and how to design systems that minimize human interference and restore nature's sustainable ecosystems. Students can choose to pursue a track of ecology or sustainability under this degree. Course requirements include, biology courses, ecology, chemistry, calculus as well as completing a senior thesis. Students who then chose the Ecology track will take additional courses relating to genetics, microbiology and field biology in order to learn how ecosystems function, appreciate biodiversity and understand the significance of the human ecological footprint. The Sustainability track students will take additional courses relating to learning the Geographic Information Systems (GIS), microbiology, zoology, observational biology, limnology, and botany in order to understand biomimicry and how cities and other institutions are able to practice sustainable stewardship through LEED and other green solutions.


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

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

Tthe Environmental Science, B.A. is designed for students who plan on working with non-profits, or plan to study environmental Law. Coursework in this degree program include work in the field of biology, genetics, earth science, microbiology, environmental science, field biology, ecology, issues in environmental science, ecology journal club, chemistry, calculus and a senior thesis. This major is designed to work in conjunction with a second major or minors and serves the purpose of integrating sustainability into different disciplines.


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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 Science Minor

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

This minor has become a popular choice for business, pre-law, chemistry and political science majors, an environmental science minor provides a solid background in environmental issues to better prepare students to work in their field with an understanding of sustainability. 19 hours of coursework are required in the fields of environmental science, earth science, field biology, ecology, GIS, microbiology, biomimicry, renewable energy technologies, green building, conservation biology and limnology.


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Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Peace Studies Minor

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

Rooted in Catholic social teaching and shaped by Lasallian global praxis, the Peace Studies minor is an interdisciplinary program within the College of Arts and Sciences. This program critically engages students in addressing contemporary social justice problems and building "just peace." Cooperating with a Peace Studies advisor, the student in this minor is able to design an individualized program of interdisciplinary coursework and service-learning experiences.

The minor includes course options in communications, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, social work, sociology, theology, and justice, law and public safety studies and environmental science.


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