Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.44
Liaison Rachel Kornhauser
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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State University of New York at Oneonta
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Rachel Kornhauser
Sustainability Coordinator
Finance and Administration
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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 Sustainability

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

SUNY Oneonta's interdisciplinary major in Environmental Sustainability will prepare you to collaboratively and creatively develop solutions to the pressing challenges the world faces in dealing with global climate change, loss of biodiversity, resource consumption and depletion, toxic pollutants and water shortages. You'll also learn about issues related to environmental justice and creating sustainable cities and sustainable food and transportation systems.

Experiential learning is a key part of the program, and it is incorporated into many courses. For example, in fall 2016, students took a five-day field trip along the Hudson River during a cross-disciplinary course in geography, environmental sustainability and philosophy. Environmental sustainability majors are required to take at least three semester hours of environmentally-themed study abroad, research with a faculty member, service learning or an internship.

In recent years, faculty from the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability have taken students to Guatemala, where they worked with the local community to develop sustainable ways to improve the water quality in an ailing lake, and to New Orleans, where they helped with a wetlands restoration project in the Lower 9th Ward.


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Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Geography

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

SUNY Oneonta’s geography program has three tracks: General Geography, Geographic Information Systems, and Urban and Regional Planning. Our mission is to give students a well-rounded perspective of geographic knowledge and skills that will prepare them to interpret social, physical and environmental influences at local, regional and global scales. We enable our students to become globally capable and environmentally aware. Our interdisciplinary program prepares students for career opportunities in areas such as environmental management, education, disaster response, city and county planning, community development, and many more.


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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 Biology

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

Requires Students to take the following classes: Environmental Sustainability, Environmental Issues, Environmental Monitoring, Technical Science Writing, Biology II, and General Ecology. Student must maintain a 2.0 GPA in the classes to receive the minor qualification.


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

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

Requires Students to take the following classes: Environmental Sustainability, Environmental Issues, Environmental Monitoring, Physical Geography of Global Environments, Environment Planning, and one other Geography course. Student must maintain a 2.0 GPA in the classes to receive the minor qualification.


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