Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.85
Liaison Geory Kurtzhals
Submission Date Jan. 10, 2020
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Southern Illinois University Carbondale
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Leslie Duram
Professor
Geography and Environmental Resources
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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:
Bachelor of Science: Undergraduate Major in Geography & Environmental Resources (Sustainability Specialization)

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

This Major explores the interactions between people, government policies, natural resources, and the environment. Environmental Sustainability is intended for students seeking a broad background in the social and environmental sciences that relates to environmental planning and management. Skills and Techniques include GIS, social science research methods, assessment/evaluation, problem-solving, and environmental decision making.
Required Courses:
GEOG 320 (3) Introduction to Environmental Sustainability
GEOG 424 (3) Sustainable Development
GEOG 436 (3) Natural Hazards
GEOG 439 (3) Global Climate Change
3 additional 400-level GEOG courses, such as
GEOG 421 - Urban Sustainability
GEOG 429 - Local and Organic Food
GEOG 470 - Contemporary Issues in Environmental Studies
GEOG 480 - Internship in Geography


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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:
Minor in Environmental Studies: ENVS (Interdisciplinary)

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

Open to all Majors. The Environmental Studies minor is an excellent complement to any major, and serves to enhance your career opportunities. You earn an Environmental Studies minor through 15 credit hours, drawing from the expertise of faculty and programs across campus. The goal is to broaden your perspective, while allowing you to follow your individual interests. You will expand your viewpoint and gain new skills for environmental analysis. For example, you can learn more about environmental ethics and media, ecology and wildlife; environmental education and policies; green buildings and organizations. The possibilities to widen your knowledge base are nearly endless. This minor helps unify the theme of environmental studies, while creating individual paths for student success.
The Environmental Studies minor is built around one core course, three topic courses (Environment, Society, Skills), and one unifying final course. See website for course listings.


The website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Undergraduate Minor in Sustainability (Geography & Environmental Resources)

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

The Undergraduate Minor in Sustainability enables students to expand their knowledge and understanding of the long-term sustainable use of the earth's resources, including water, land use and food systems, climate change, urban sustainability, and "green" energy. This minor meets the needs of the expanding job opportunities in environmental sustainability. Students must maintain a 2.7 GPA in the certification courses. The program requires students to complete at least 15 credit hours of coursework, as follows:
GEOG 300i (3) - Geography, People, and the Environment
GEOG 320 (3) - Environmental Sustainability
GEOG 424 (3) - Sustainable Development
And two of the following:
GEOG 421 (3) - Urban Geography
GEOG 422 (3) - Economics in Environmental Sustainability
GEOG 426 (3) - Administration of Environmental Quality and Natural Resources
GEOG 429 (3) - Geography of Local and Organic Food
GEOG 435 (3) - Energy Planning
GEOG 436 (3) - Natural Hazards
GEOG 439 (3) - Global Climate Change
GEOG 454 (3) - Conservation and Environmental Movements
GEOG 480 (2-6) - Internship in Geography
GEOG 481 (3-6) - Cooperative Work Experience in Geography


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