Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.64
Liaison Rachael Wein
Submission Date March 3, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Smith College
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Joanne Benkley
Assistant Director
Center for the Environment
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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 Science and Policy

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

The need for environmentally literate citizens and well-educated professionals able to address increasingly complex and global environmental issues has never been greater. The Environmental Science and Policy (ES&P) Program seeks to produce future leaders in the environmental field by offering a major and minor in Environmental Science and Policy, and a minor in Marine Science and Policy.


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

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

This track prepares students for a career in a field that addresses environmental issues. In addition to a range of courses within our department, environmental geosciences majors take classes in chemistry, ecology and environmental policy.


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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:
Environmental Concentration: Sustainable Food

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

At Smith we understand that one way to make a difference in the world is to grow knowledge. That is why in 2011, after demonstrated interest by students and faculty, CEEDS announced a new Environmental Concentration in Sustainable Food. The Sustainable Food Concentration enables students to engage in an interdisciplinary exploration of food and the many issues involved in sustainability. Whether you are interested in global food distribution systems, the economics of agriculture, food cultures around the world, agriculture policy, or the various ways that gender and food intersect, you can explore your interests in a cohesive, directed, and exciting way.

The Sustainable Food Concentration puts theory into practice, offering a chance to connect students with a topic integral to their surrounding community of the Pioneer Valley, which encompasses 43 cities and towns in the Hampden and Hampshire county areas of Western Massachusetts. By studying Sustainable Food at Smith, students can capitalize on the many opportunities for engagement around food and agriculture-related initiatives underway right in their neighborhood.


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Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Environmental Concentration: Climate Change

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

Many world leaders, scientists and analysts agree that climate change is the most significant challenge the world faces today. The Climate Change Concentration lets students engage in an interdisciplinary exploration of the many complex issues related to climate change. Through two required internships, students gain a valuable opportunity to put theory into practice, immersing themselves in important work that is integral to human life and well-being and the stability of life on Earth.


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