Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.42
Liaison Ellen Vaughan
Submission Date March 3, 2017
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Northern Arizona University
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Karen Appleby
Senior Assistant to the Provost
Provost Office
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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:
B.A. Environmental Studies: Sustainability and Community

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

These degrees provide a broad-based and rigorous background in interdisciplinary approaches to understanding environmental and sustainability processes. The environmental studies degree allows students to focus on an environmental issue, rather than concentrating in a particular discipline. This focus approach allows students to draw upon courses across the university to improve their perspective on that issue.


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Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
B.S. Environmental Sciences: environmental management

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

All the environmental degrees at NAU are run through the School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability. We have 23 tenured or full-time faculty in SESES, some of whom split their time between SESES and another academic program (e.g. Biology, Geology, Political Science), but some of whom are full time in environmental sciences/studies. All our major courses are taught by full-time, tenure-track faculty members. We view our degree programs as pre-professional in nature. We require an internship, research project, or field experience for all our majors. These degrees provide a broad-based and rigorous background in interdisciplinary approaches to understanding environmental processes. The environmental sciences degree uses a set of science core courses and a concentration in a natural science or social science discipline to help students develop a science-based approach to the environment and sustainability.


The website URL for the undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
B.S. Environmental Sciences: environmental administration and policy

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

All the environmental degrees at NAU are run through the School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability. We have 23 tenured or full-time faculty in SESES, some of whom split their time between SESES and another academic program (e.g. Biology, Geology, Political Science), but some of whom are full time in environmental sciences/studies. All our major courses are taught by full-time, tenure-track faculty members. We view our degree programs as pre-professional in nature. We require an internship, research project, or field experience for all our majors. These degrees provide a broad-based and rigorous background in interdisciplinary approaches to understanding environmental processes. The environmental sciences degree uses a set of science core courses and a concentration in a natural science or social science discipline to help students develop a science-based approach to the environment and sustainability.


The website URL for the undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
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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 sustainability minor

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

This minor allows students to explore climate change, the relationship between nature and culture, the ethics and politics of environmental decision-making, and how perspectives on sustainability are expressed humanistically, politically, scientifically, and culturally


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