Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.04
Liaison Rebecca Collins
Submission Date Feb. 21, 2018
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Temple University
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Katherine Switala-Elmhurst
Program Manager
Office of Sustainability
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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

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary major offered by the Department of Geography and Urban Studies that examines the nature, causes and consequences of human interactions with the environment. Students in Environmental Studies gain the intellectual and methodological tools to understand and address the crucial environmental issues of our time and the impact on individuals, society, and the planet. Students are introduced to a physical lab science, an understanding of the economic system, and social science methods in order to prepare for our core courses.

The Environmental Studies core courses are designed to develop the theoretical and methodological frameworks and tools necessary to understand the relationships between people and their environment as they interact through local to global connections. Students examine environmental policy and the role of political institutions; environmental decision-making; natural hazards and risk assessment; environmental ethics and legal issues; and environmental justice. The electives give students the opportunity to develop an area of emphasis around their particular interests.


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

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

The Environmental Science BS is an interdisciplinary degree program that offers students a well-rounded background in the sciences. Students complete a sequence of courses in biology, mathematics and chemistry, and combine this with classes from geology, geography, and economics in order to gain an understanding of the nature of environmental problems and the socioeconomic factors that influence them. Students will be given the opportunity to study specific environmental problems such as groundwater contamination, suburban sprawl, river basin management, environmental justice, and the greening of abandoned urban spaces. The capstone for this major is the Senior Research Seminar in which students gain experience with studying actual environmental issues and methodologies to resolve them.


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Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (3rd 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, concentrations or certificates for undergraduate students?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainability

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

This undergraduate certificate will provide an opportunity for students to further their knowledge and skills to contribute to sustainable systems from the viewpoint of different disciplines, to help them become effective leaders and agents of change for sustainability, and to make them more competitive in the changing job market as some sectors move to a green collar economy.


The website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Minor in Ecological Planning and Design

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

The Minor in Ecological Planning and Design offers all Temple University undergraduate students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the concept of ecological planning and design. The minor enhances students' understanding of the impact of development on natural resources and processes while gaining an appreciation of ecologically-sensitive design and development. Students will develop leadership and decision making skills relevant to ensuring that design and development takes into consideration ecological, social, political, economic, and governance factors. This minor prepares students for lifelong contributions to the sustainability of the communities in which they live and work.


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

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

The Certificate in Environmental Sustainability allows all undergraduate students at Temple University to enhance their major with focused coursework on environmental sustainability. This certificate provides students with an interdisciplinary perspective that draws from the fields of botany, city planning, community development, horticulture, and landscape architecture. Students will gain basic knowledge needed to evaluate environmental problems and to draw environmentally-, socially-, and economically-sound solutions.


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:

Minor in Environmental Studies - Students in Environmental Studies gain the intellectual and methodological tools to understand and address the crucial environmental issues of our time and the impact on individuals, society, and the planet. The minor in Environmental Studies is composed of 18 credits. http://bulletin.temple.edu/undergraduate/liberal-arts/environmental-studies/minor-environmental-studies/

Minor in Sustainability Food Systems - Students in the School of Environmental Design as well as students in other colleges, schools, and departments may choose a Minor in Sustainable Food Systems. Through this minor students investigate the complexities of food systems through an interdisciplinary approach that includes horticulture, planning, and public health. Students explore the relationship of farmland preservation, food production practices, and supply alternatives that improve local economies, reduce energy consumption, lower environmental impact, and ensure widespread access to affordable and healthy food. This prepares students to contribute to the overall sustainability of the communities in which they live and work and strengthens students' preparation to work as professionals in environmentally-oriented fields or as citizen activists. Also the minor provides undergraduates with an opportunity to explore the option of graduate studies in planning, horticulture, or related fields.http://bulletin.temple.edu/undergraduate/tyler-art-div/minor-sustainable-food-systems/

The Certificate in Sustainable Food Systems is available to all undergraduate degree students to complete as part of their studies, and is also available to non-degree students. Through this certificate students investigate the complexities of food systems through an interdisciplinary approach that includes horticulture, planning, and public health. Students explore the relationship of farmland preservation, food production practices, and supply alternatives that improve local economies, reduce energy consumption, lower environmental impact, and ensure widespread access to affordable and healthy food. This prepares students to contribute to the overall sustainability of the communities in which they live and work and strengthens students' preparation to work as professionals in environmentally-oriented fields or as citizen activists. Also the certificate provides students with an opportunity to explore the option of further studies in planning, horticulture, or related fields. http://bulletin.temple.edu/undergraduate/tyler-art-div/certificate-sustainable-food-systems/

Minor in Environmental Horticulture -- Students complete courses related to horticultural concepts and practices which allow them to develop an understanding of the science and practice of protecting, restoring, and managing existing and natural landscape resources. http://bulletin.temple.edu/undergraduate/tyler-art-div/landscape-architecture-horticulture/minor-environmental-horticulture/


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