Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.55
Liaison Michelle Larkins
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2018
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Pacific University
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Michelle Larkins
Director of the CSS
Center for a Sustainable Society
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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 Studies

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

The Department of Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary community of active scholars in the arts, humanities and natural and social sciences. We are
dedicated to helping students and community members form a broad holistic understanding of the relationships between human and natural systems and give
them the skills they need to identify and address the problems that exist within those relationships. This understanding is built on a foundation of valid,
contextual knowledge informed by disciplinary study and experiential learning practices. Through faculty guidance and peer interaction, students gain an
appreciation for the complexity of relationships between human, social and economic systems and natural ecosystems. Students in our program will learn to
creatively apply both quantitative and qualitative methods to the complex environmental and social problems we currently face. Our innovative program
produces broadly educated, highly skilled graduates who will become active and responsible citizens in the world community


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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 Policy

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

The rapid development of industrial economies has often occurred at the expense of the natural environment. Citizens of rich countries increasingly demand
healthy environmental conditions. Governmental authorities, private businesses and non-profits face the challenge of mitigating past damage and creating new
modes of production that entail smaller environmental costs. The environmental policy minor seeks to educate students to effectively participate in decisions that
affect scarce environmental resources.
The consideration of environmental issues requires knowledge drawn from a variety of disciplines spanning the natural and social sciences and the humanities
as well. Students with minors in environmental policy will possess basic knowledge of environmental science, economics, politics, history and ethics. In addition
to the understanding of environmental issues, students will gain expertise in the practical skills employed by environmental policymakers. Such skills include
proficiency in spreadsheet analysis, GIS mapping and lab sciences.


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