Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 64.57
Liaison Sherri Mason
Submission Date June 14, 2023

STARS v2.2

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Sherri Mason
Director of Sustainability
School of Science
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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 Science

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:
The B.S. in Environmental Science (ENVSC) employs the principles, processes, and methodologies of the life and physical sciences to develop an integrated understanding of the environment and the effects associated with human use of the Earth's natural resources. Students will work in interdisciplinary teams in a capstone course and in environmental research/internship projects attuned to Great Lakes, water resources, and energy resources issues. Students choosing the Environmental Field Science option will obtain additional strengths in field biology, geographic information systems, and environmental geoscience and field methods. Those choosing the Environmental Lab Science option will obtain additional strengths in analytical chemistry and environmental geochemistry. The curriculum permits additional specialization in allied areas through completion of minors in chemistry, biology, or statistics.

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

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Science’s interdisciplinary curriculum is designed for students whose educational and career goals are not immediately met by one of the traditional majors in the sciences, and it might be the right fit for you if you’re looking for a high degree of flexibility in your studies. The General Science option allows you, in consultation with your faculty adviser, to frame your studies to meet diverse career goals rooted in science. Students who choose this option use their electives to broaden their career horizon: science journalism, public policy and politics, business, or technical sales are just a few possibilities.

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Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
Polymer Engineering and Science

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
Our unique B.S. in Polymer Engineering and Science prepares you to analyze and design polymers—the fascinating materials that make up our world. You’ll learn to analyze the character and structure of materials, and then use that knowledge to design innovative new products for a variety of fields, including medicine, manufacturing, and sustainability.

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The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program(s):
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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:
Sustainability Leadership Minor

A brief description of the undergraduate minor or concentration:
The Intercollege Minor in Sustainability Leadership has been designed for students who wish to promote environmental, social, and economic sustainability in their personal and professional lives. Administered by a University-wide faculty committee, the program provides an opportunity for students in any academic major to develop key competencies that will be the foundation for their growth as sustainability leaders in their civic and professional endeavors. Students cultivate these sustainability leadership competencies in the context of thematic tracks that allow them to focus on particular topics within sustainability studies. The competencies cut across all thematic tracks so that all students in the minor will develop capabilities in:

systems thinking
application of sustainability concepts, metrics and analysis
ethics
self-knowledge and leadership
change agency
collaboration
While these competencies are developed in the context of a specific thematic track, they are transferrable to numerous settings and problems, and graduates of the Sustainability Leadership program will be able to apply them to ethical, social, business and civic issues that they encounter after leaving the University.

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Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor or concentration (2nd program):
Civic and Community Engagement Minor

A brief description of the undergraduate minor or concentration (2nd program):
Administered by a program faculty drawn from across the University, the Intercollege Minor in Civic and Community Engagement is appropriate to undergraduate students seeking to apply domains of knowledge from their majors or General Education programs to issues of consequence beyond the classroom. In the minor students integrate democratic, professional, and creative development. In particular, the minor serves to encourage, recognize, and systematize student participation in public service or problem-based fieldwork and research that:

is substantial, sustained, and includes structured opportunities for student reflection and critical assessment; and
is integrated with and supported by traditional, classroom-based course work.
Specifically, the minor consists of a balanced program of fieldwork experience and supporting course work that is selected with the advice and consent of a minor adviser and approved on behalf of the minor by a program faculty. Fieldwork experiences are selected from a list of eligible courses (or approved comparable alternatives), and supporting course work includes a conceptual foundations course that provides students with a critical orientation to contemporary issues and themes in public scholarship. The minor culminates with an approved capstone project, which may be a significant paper, or annotated portfolio, or other demonstration of substantial assessment and integration of the minor experience and the broader issue of application of academic theory and practice in the civic community.

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Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor or concentration (3rd program):
Women's Studies/Gender Studies Minor

A brief description of the undergraduate minor or concentration (3rd program):
Women's Studies & Gender Studies (WMNST) at Penn State Behrend is designed to address the concerns and interests of both women and men. It asks students to think about the impact of gender in their lives and to interpret both their own experiences and social expectations. The WMNST minor is interdisciplinary; students take courses in a variety of fields, including communication, history, literature, political science, psychology, and more.

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