Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 38.83
Liaison James Vollrath
Submission Date Dec. 16, 2019
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Texas State University, San Marcos
AC-4: Graduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 James Vollrath
Director
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for graduate students (I.e. an interdisciplinary academic program that concentrates on sustainability as an integrated concept)?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused graduate-level degree program:
Sustainability Studies

A brief description of the graduate-level degree program:

This degree is specifically designed to prepare committed leaders to address emerging sustainability issues. Students completing the program will have the technical skills to formulate and solve problems at the appropriate scale, as well as the breadth of vision to recognize the interconnectedness and complexity of human-environment systems. Graduates will be prepared for admission into strong doctoral programs or professional schools, and important positions in the growing field of sustainability-related careers within local, state, or federal government, regulatory agencies, non-governmental organizations, and consulting firms within relevant industries. The program is available to graduate students seeking a more diversified program of study than is generally available for students specializing in a single discipline. The program is open to any qualified graduate student, and is particularly relevant for those wishing to improve their subject matter competence in more than one discipline. The M.S. in Sustainability Studies is designed for students inclined toward social sciences, natural sciences, economics, policy, ethics, or related fields.  The program is tailored to accommodate both full-time and part-time graduate students.


The website URL for the graduate-level degree program:
Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (2nd program):
Population and Conservation Biology

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

This program represents an interdisciplinary course of study that combines principles of population biology with strong training in measurement and analysis of biological systems augmented with the student’s choice of study in particular specialties; such as conducting research with an approved research faculty member over both populations and conservation biology. Specific seminars focus on field methods, theoretical advances, and research methods. Specific study areas may also be researched; ecology of populations, population management, conservation biology, or evolutionary ecology and how each of these subjects influence sustainability in the biological field.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (3rd program):
Geography Resource and Environmental Studies

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

The Master of Geography Resource and Environmental Studies degree program is designed to prepare geographers to use their skills and background knowledge to solve real-world problems with geographic dimensions. Geography Resource and Environmental Studies includes such sub-fields as environmental management, geographic education, geographic information systems (GIS), cartography, land use planning, location analysis, land management, transportation systems planning, applied physical geography, geographic aspects of environmental law, and spatial modeling.


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Does the institution offer one or more graduate-level sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates?:
Yes

Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate:
Anthropology

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

The graduate minor in Anthropology requires nine semester credit hours of Anthropology graduate advisor-approved master's level Anthropology courses.
Anthropology minors must take: Diversity Studies, Theories and Issues, and Global Issues in Diversity. Diversity plays a role in sustainability by providing an outlook perspective on an outside world.
Anthropology must take one of several electives. Those relating to sustainability - Language Problems in a Multicultural Environment, Society and Culture in Brazil, Literacy as Sociocultural Practice, Seminar in Globalization and Development, etc.


The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Geography

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

The graduate minor in Geography requires nine semester credit hours of advisor-approved Geography courses.
Geography minors must take the following courses that relate to sustainability; Managing Urbanization, Environmental Management, Environment Problems of the U.S.-Mexico Border, Geography of Natural Hazards, Applied Water Resources, Regional Waste Management, Air Quality Management, etc.


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