Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 35.40
Liaison David Liebman
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
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Santa Rosa Junior College
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Katie Gerber
Faculty
Earth and Space Sciences
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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 (AA)

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

The Environmental Studies major will provide students with an understanding of the manner in which various disciplines study the environment and approach our most pressing environmental issues. The degree in Environmental Studies will also help prepare students for transfer to a broad-based Environmental Studies program at a University of California or California State University campus.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
1. Summarize, analyze and critically evaluate environmental information from a variety of sources;
2. Apply critical thinking skills to identify environmental issues, recognize their causes, and to evaluate potential solutions;
3. Integrate the perspectives of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences as they pertain to environmental issues;
4. Explain the societal (social, political, economic, cultural and/or ethical) variables that contribute to environmental degradation; and
5. Reflect critically about their roles and identities as citizens, consumers, and environmental actors, in a complex interconnected world.


The website URL for the undergraduate degree program:
Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Sustainable Agriculture

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

The Sustainable Agriculture major is designed to train farmers and gardeners in the techniques of sustainable food production. It provides a foundation in plant and soil science, integrated pest management, and ecological agriculture, and emphasizes the "how to" aspects of organic gardening and farming, including tillage, compost production, and crop planning and production.

Students will engage actively in their learning experience by working on SRJC's Shone Farm, participating in the production and distribution of sustainable agriculture products, and participating with local farmers to discover and support best practices.

This program will prepare students for occupations that involve sustainable agriculture practices. Typical job titles include: farming, agricultural production, market gardener, farm manager, propagator, crop consultant, organic inspectors, farm advisor, agricultural supplier, compost production and sales.

This program of study is also available as a certificate option.


The website URL for the undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
Wastewater Treatment Operations (AS)

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

The Wastewater Treatment Operations degree provides instructional training necessary for entry level positions in the operation of wastewater treatment facilities and wastewater collection systems as well as assistance in developing the knowledge to pass the required examinations administered by the California Department of Health Services.

This program of study is also available as a certificate option.


The website URL for the undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program(s):
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:
Sustainable Agriculture Certificate

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

The Sustainable Agriculture Certificate of Achievement program is designed to train farmers and gardeners in the techniques of sustainable food production. It provides a foundation in plant and soil science, integrated pest management, and ecological agriculture, and emphasizes the "how-to" aspects of organic gardening and farming, including tillage, compost production, and crop planning and production.

Students will engage actively in their learning experience by working on SRJC's Shone Farm, participating in the production and distribution of sustainable agriculture products, and participating with local farmers to discover and support best practices.

This program will prepare students for occupations that involve sustainable agriculture practices. Typical job titles include: farming, agricultural production, market gardener, farm manager, propagator, crop consultant, organic inspectors, farm advisor, agricultural supplier, compost production and sales.

For students interested in an Associate degree, a Sustainable Agriculture major is available.


The website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Environmental Horticulture: Nursery Management Certificate

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

The Environmental Horticulture: Nursery Management Certificate of Achievement program prepares students to advance to management positions in nurseries that propagate, grow and market plants for use in the home, business or the landscape. The program provides a solid foundation in plant knowledge and nursery and garden center environments, as well as computer applications and management skills. These skills and knowledge equip students to embark on a successful and rewarding career in the nursery industry. The program emphasizes hands-on learning and most courses incorporate lab activities that apply knowledge and skills in realistic settings.

The Horticulture industry, which involves the growing, selling, planting and servicing of plants and landscapes for human environments, is one of the fastest growing industries in America. The landscape industry in California is one of the state's largest industries. University studies have consistently found this dynamic, growing sector represents over $12 billion in sales and 130,000 employees. In addition, designed and maintained landscapes cover more than 1.6 million acres in California. The landscape and nursery industry in Sonoma County has expanded dramatically in the last decade. Retail nurseries and full-service garden centers have seen substantial increases in sales from previous years, and new wholesale and retail nursery businesses are flourishing.

This industry-wide expansion has been accompanied by an increase in the demand for employees with the skills to operate, supervise and manage nursery operations. Men and women who possess nursery management skills find employment in full service garden centers, wholesale nurseries, and other entrepreneurial enterprises. Representative job positions include propagator, grower, inventory controller, field foreperson, field superintendent, general manager, sales manager, nursery or greenhouse manager, plant doctor, marketing director, shift supervisor and shipping foreperson. Students completing the Nursery Certificate of Achievement are well prepared for rapid advancement within their chosen occupation.

This program of study is also available as an Associate degree major option.


The website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
Environmental Horticulture: Landscape Design Certificate

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

The Environmental Horticulture: Landscape Design Certificate of Achievement program prepares students for occupations within the landscape industry that require garden design skills. The certificate program emphasizes hands-on learning, and most courses incorporate lab activities that apply knowledge and skills in realistic settings.

Landscape design focuses primarily on residential landscape situations and small commercial sites. Projects may range from the design of small focal planting beds and perennial borders to complete garden layouts. Landscape designers provide the planting design in addition to developing the landscape spatial composition.

The landscape industry deals with all aspects of plant use in the landscape. People working in the landscape field derive job satisfaction from enhancing the function and beauty of the environment while being physically active outdoors or helping support that activity in allied sales and service occupations. Landscape work involves construction and planting projects, irrigation system design and water management, and specialty fields such as turf management, tree care, and interiors. This program provides an introductory base of plant knowledge and landscape skills, allowing students the option of entering a variety of jobs with the preparation for rapid advancement within their chosen occupations.

The Horticulture industry, which involves the growing, selling, planting and servicing of plants and landscapes for human environments, is one of the fastest growing industries in America. The landscape industry in California is one of the state's largest industries. University studies have consistently found this dynamic, growing sector represents over $12 billion in sales and 130,000 employees. In addition, designed and maintained landscapes cover more than 1.6 million acres in California.

In Sonoma County, the landscape industry has expanded dramatically in the last decade. Private and commercial property values are enhanced by professionally designed landscapes, and the services of large and small landscape firms are in high demand. In addition, a significant number of independent, entrepreneurial landscape/garden designers offer services throughout the county.

This industry-wide expansion has been accompanied by an increase in the demand for employees who can deal with all aspects of the landscape. Men and women who possess landscape management skills are qualified to advance into supervisory and management positions within landscape contracting firms, design or landscape construction companies, municipal, state, county, and federal agencies, entrepreneurial landscape maintenance enterprises, and other occupations that require the application of plant knowledge, drafting/design, irrigation design, and landscape construction skills.

This program of study is also available as an Associate degree major option.


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