Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.84
Liaison Kalyna Procyk
Submission Date June 6, 2018
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Muhlenberg College
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
3.00 / 3.00 Richard Niesenbaum
Professor, Biology, Director, Sustainability Studies Program
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

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

A major in environmental science provides students with many opportunities in industry, government, and academia. For example, graduates are well prepared for careers in environmental consulting, environmental regulation, advocacy, or education. Students can also pursue graduate studies in a wide range of fields, including environmental science, ecology, oceanography, forestry, law, medicine, and toxicology. A program with the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Duke University is available.
Students are encouraged to obtain internship experience in specialized fields of Environmental Science and/or participate in an environmentally oriented study abroad program during their junior year. Recently, students have served with local educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, state and federal government, and local industries. Others have spent time in Australia, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Canada, and other countries.

• Students are encouraged to obtain internship experience in specialized fields of Environmental Science and/or participate in an environmentally oriented study abroad program during their junior year. Recently, students have served with local educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, state and federal government, and local industries. Others have spent time in Australia, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Canada, and other countries.
http://www.muhlenberg.edu/main/academics/envisci/


The website URL for the undergraduate degree program:
Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Sustainability Studies

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

While Sustainability Studies is usually offered as a minor, there are currently 3 people majoring in Sustainability Studies who self-designed this major.

Sustainability is most commonly defined as meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The field of Sustainability Studies explores and critiques ways to do this in the context of maintaining ecological and environmental health while generating economic welfare and ensuring social justice. The minor in Sustainability Studies integrates across disciplines with its goal of instilling understanding, appreciation, and thoughtful problem solving skills in students regarding the relationships and interactions of human society and the environment. The Sustainability Studies Minor will highlight issues related to sustainability and explore how those issues impact and are addressed at local, national, and global levels. This minor will provide the interdisciplinary background that is needed to understand many of the complex challenges facing our world, and will equip students with the skills needed to develop solutions to these problems. An additional goal is to build a community of faculty and students with a diversity of perspectives and areas of expertise committed to seeking creative solutions for sustainability.


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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:
Sustainability Studies

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

Sustainability is most commonly defined as meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The field of Sustainability Studies explores and critiques ways to do this in the context of maintaining ecological and environmental health while generating economic welfare and ensuring social justice. The minor in Sustainability Studies integrates across disciplines with its goal of instilling understanding, appreciation, and thoughtful problem solving skills in students regarding the relationships and interactions of human society and the environment. The Sustainability Studies Minor will highlight issues related to sustainability and explore how those issues impact and are addressed at local, national, and global levels. This minor will provide the interdisciplinary background that is needed to understand many of the complex challenges facing our world, and will equip students with the skills needed to develop solutions to these problems. An additional goal is to build a community of faculty and students with a diversity of perspectives and areas of expertise committed to seeking creative solutions for sustainability.


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