Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 79.45
Liaison Lindsey Kalkbrenner
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2020

STARS v2.2

Santa Clara University
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Leslie Gray
Executive Director
Environmental Studies Institute
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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 Studies Major

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

The Environmental Studies degree provides an integrated, interdisciplinary social science degree opportunity for undergraduates. Foundational courses introduce key concepts from geography, philosophy, and economics. Students may choose a “Green Business”, “Environmental Policy, Law, and Politics”, “Sustainable Development”, or “Environmental Humanities” Concentration. Advanced courses in areas such as resource economics, sustainable development, and environmental law and policy provide depth to this program.


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

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

Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary major with foundational courses in chemistry and either biology, organic chemistry, or physics. Students may choose and “Applied Ecology” or “Water, Energy, and Technology” Concentration. Advanced courses in applied ecology, water resources, climate, and renewable energy provide depth to this program.


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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 Minor

A brief description of the undergraduate minor or concentration:

The Sustainability Minor allows students to integrate an understanding of sustainability into their course of study from different disciplinary perspectives and in interdisciplinary ways. The sustainability minor brings a new dimension to existing local, regional, and global SCU partnerships, both providing our students with sustainability-related learning opportunities and an opportunity to assist organizations to increase their commitment to sustainability.


Website URL for the undergraduate minor or concentration:
Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor or concentration (2nd program):
Environmental Studies Minor

A brief description of the undergraduate minor or concentration (2nd program):

Available to all SCU undergraduates, the minor consists of courses in specific areas of environmental studies: scientific foundations, methods, ethical dimensions, and political and legal issues. Students in Environmental Studies and Sciences’ programs will form the intellectual foundation they will need in addressing crucial environmental challenges of the 21st century such as human population growth, urban sprawl, deforestation, global climate change, waste disposal, air and water pollution, loss of biodiversity, and the need for renewable energy.


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Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor or concentration (3rd program):
Sustainability Pathway

A brief description of the undergraduate minor or concentration (3rd program):

The Sustainability Pathway allows students to learn about sustainability from multiple disciplinary perspectives and in interdisciplinary ways. This helps our students integrate the interconnected ideals of viable ecological integrity, viable economies, and equity and justice.


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In addition to the Sustainability Pathway, Santa Clara University offers five other pathways with themes and classes related to sustainability. These pathways include: Feeding the World; Global Health; Human Rights in a Global World; Leading People, Organizations, & Social Change; and Values in Science & Technology. These pathways allow students to look at sustainability through various lenses, ranging from food production and its impact on the environment, to how to work with others to generate social change.

https://www.scu.edu/provost/core/integrations/pathways/pathway-listings--courses/


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