Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.74
Liaison David Cullmer
Submission Date Oct. 20, 2014
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Pennsylvania State University
AC-4: Graduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Mary Easterling
Assoc Director, Analysis & Assessment
Sustainability Institute
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for graduate students?:
Yes

The name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (1st program):
Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment (dual title Ph.D. and M.S./ M.A.)

A brief description of the graduate degree program (1st program):

This interdisciplinary dual-title intercollege graduate degree program exposes students to a broad base of state-of-the-art methodologies, theories, and technologies for addressing contemporary resource and societal issues, including, but not limited to: global climate change; sustainable energy, food, and fiber supplies; threats to biodiversity; water pollution and availability; genetic modification; and sustainable design.

Students electing the dual-title intercollege program in HDNRE through participating majors may earn a degree with dual-title at both the Ph.D. and M.S./M.A. levels. The following graduate programs offer dual-title degrees in HDNRE: M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology and HDNRE; M.S. and Ph.D. in Energy and Mineral Engineering and HDNRE; M.S. and Ph.D. in Forest Resources and HDNRE; M.S. and Ph.D. in Geography and HDNRE; M.S. and Ph.D. in Recreation, Park and Tourism Management and HDNRE; and M.S. and Ph.D. in Rural Sociology and HDNRE.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (1st program) :
The name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (2nd program):
BioRenewable Systems (M.S. and Ph.D.)

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

Biorenewable Systems are the structures and processes that create and support biologically-based products capable of being continuously replaced through sound technology and management. BRS is positioned to be a world-renowned graduate program in renewable biologically-based materials, products, and processes that fully integrates scientific research with the principles of systems technology, business, management, marketing, leadership development, and entrepreneurship for biorenewable systems.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (2nd program):
The name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (3rd program):
Landscape Architecture (M.S.L.A. and M.L.A.)

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

The M.L.A. in Landscape Architecture program is an accredited professional degree program focused on preparation to practice landscape architecture for students who hold a bachelor's degree in another field. The M.S. in Landscape Architecture program is a research focused degree program designed to offer students graduate level research inquiry into landscape architecture for students who hold a bachelor's degree.

Landscape architecture encompasses analysis, planning, design, management and stewardship of the natural and built environment through a blending of art and science. It is a profession that is broad in scale and scope. As an academic discipline, it embodies creative, cultural, philosophical, and scientific knowledge bases. As professional practice, landscape architecture includes site and urban design, community and regional planning, and resource conservation and stewardship. With this diverse background, landscape architects process a unique abilities to help address local, national and global priorities, such as sustainable development, healthy communities, landscape urbanism and natural lands restoration.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program(s):
Does the institution offer one or more graduate-level sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates?:
Yes

The name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (1st program):
Bioenergy certificate program

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (1st program):

The graduate certificate in Bioenergy is designed specifically for current and aspiring practitioners who seek advanced skills for growing the bioenergy industry. To accommodate participation by working professionals the program is offered through Penn State's World Campus by Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems (RESS) graduate program.
The intercollege RESS professional master’s program (iMPS-RESS) is an online-interdisciplinary master’s degree program designed to prepare professionals in the fields of renewable energy and sustainability systems to lead the world’s transformation from an unsustainable, fossil energy economy to a renewable, sustainable basis of operation.


The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (1st program):
The name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Solar Energy certificate program

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

The Graduate Certificate program in Community and Economic Development helps students prepare to confront the multidimensional challenges faced by community development practitioners. The main objective of the certificate program is to educate professionals who will assume leadership roles in helping establish and maintain viable communities.


The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
The name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
Sustainability Management and Policy

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):

The graduate certificate in Sustainability Management and Policy is designed specifically for current and aspiring practitioners who seek advanced skills for advancing sustainability practice. The program is offered by the Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering through Penn State’s World Campus.


The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other graduate-level, sustainability-focused minors, concentrations and certificates:

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