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Pomona College
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.76 / 8.00 Jennifer Schmidt
SIO Staff
Sustainability Integration Office
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Number of students who graduated from a program that has adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:

Total number of graduates from degree programs:

A copy of the list or inventory of degree, diploma or certificate programs that have sustainability learning outcomes:

A list of degree, diploma or certificate programs that have sustainability learning outcomes:

Division III: Anthropology, Economics, Government, History, Politics, and Sociology
Interdisciplinary: Environmental Analysis
Majors and minors

A list or sample of the sustainability learning outcomes associated with degree, diploma or certificate programs (if not included in an inventory above):

Requirements for the Major in Environmental Analysis

The major consists of three sets of requirements:
An Introductory Core set of three courses (EA 010 PO, EA 020 PO, EA 030L JS)
A Concentration: There are two Concentrations in EA from which a student must select one in which to develop a “course plan:”
Environmental Science
Society and the Environment
There are two options for course-plan development within any given Concentration: (1) Select a pre-designed Concentration or Course Plan. (2) Design with your advisor your own Course Plan, including 7 but not exceeding 11 courses total, in addition to the Core and Capstone courses. Individually designed course plans must show depth in some foundational discipline, or set of closely related disciplines, and must be approved by the Steering Committee.
Senior Capstone:
Seniors may fulfill this requirement through either of two options:
Complete a senior thesis (EA 191 PO) in the fall semester for possible Honors if the student achieves an A in the course. In special circumstances the thesis can be extended to a yearlong course.
Enroll in the senior seminar (EA 190 PO) in the spring, and complete a major written project.
Seniors also may choose to complete both of these options.

Pre-approved Concentration Plans:
1. Environmental Science Concentration
(Advisor: Richard Hazlett)

Introductory Core: EA 010 PO, EA 020 PO*, EA 030L JS
Introductory Biology: BIOL 041E PO
Introductory Chemistry: CHEM 001A PO or CHEM 051 PO
One from Physical Geography (in development) or GEOL 020A PO
One from PHYS 017 PO; or new HMC energy course (in development)
Five from upper-division science courses within a single department
One upper-division policy course – e.g., ECON 052 PO; ECON 127 PO
One class in Environment and Society – e.g. PHIL 037 PO; PHIL 038 PO; RLST 166A PO
Environmentally focused study abroad semester strongly recommended
Senior Thesis/Capstone

2. Environment and Society Concentration
(Advisor: Char Miller)
Introductory Core: EA 010 PO, EA 020 PO*, EA 030 PO
BIOL 041E PO or BIOL 104 PO
Five from ANTH 059 PO, ANTH 124 PO, ANTH 129 PO, ANTH 145 PO; EA 027 PO, EA 085 PO; PHIL 037 PO, PHIL 038 PO; POLI 136 PO, POLI 139 PO; RLST 166A PO, SOC 055 PO
One from POLI 060 PO, POLI 061 PO, POLI 136 PO, POLI 139 PO; EA 171 PO
One additional upper-division class related to Environment and Society
Environmentally focused study abroad semester strongly recommended Senior Thesis/Capstone

Pre-approved Course Plans:
Since its inception in 2001, EA has offered its majors a series of recommended course plans by which they could complete their major requirements. These options remain; and it is also possible for students to design their own course plan with the approval of their major advisor and the Steering Committee. The full list of pre-approved course plans and their individual requirements is posted on the program website (www.ea.pomona.edu), and includes the following possibilities:

Environmental Analysis in Geology (Advisor: Mr. Hazlett)
Environmental Biology (Advisor: _______)
Environmental Design (Advisor: Mr. Miller)
Environmental Ethics (Advisor: Ms. Davis)
Environmental Physics and Engineering (Advisor: Mr. Tanenbaum)
Environmental Policy (Advisor: Mr. Cutter)
Human Behavior and the Environment (Advisor: _______)
Mathematical Issues for Environmental Analysis (Advisor: Gabe Chandler )
Race, Class, Gender and the Environment (Advisor: Ms. Clark)
Society, Development, and the Environment (Advisor: Ms. Grigsby)

The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability learning outcomes is available:

Further detail regarding EA 190 – Senior Seminar:
This senior capstone experience is framed around team-based, real client-driven projects in sustainability. In Spring 2012, students developed the first-ever sustainability plan for Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Gardens (work that is being extended in Spring 2013); crafted the first-ever natural history survey of Claremont’s Wilderness Park; developed for the city of Claremont a waste-reduction plan, now in implementation; produced for the College’s dining halls their inaugural energy-efficiency audit that led to important changes in cooking and refrigeration (http://www.pomona.edu/news/2012/10/25-ecubes-dining.aspx); and established a graphic representation of the college’s environmental-justice footprint.

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