Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.66
Liaison Eric Boles
Submission Date March 5, 2021
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STARS v2.1

University of Arkansas
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Marty Matlock
Executive Director
Office for 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, Soil, and Water Science Major

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

The University of Arkansas' ESWS major and Crop Management major prepare students for careers that require an understanding of the science, technology and hands-on applications involved in the sustainable use of natural resources.
Graduates of this program are in demand for a variety of jobs in environmental research, environmental protection and remediation, and environmentally responsible use of natural resources. A minor in Wildlife and Habitat Management can also complement the ESWS major.


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Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Biological and Agricultural Engineering

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

The University of Arkansas' Biological and Agricultural Engineering research program prepares its students to design a sustainable future through innovation in interdisciplinary research in food, water, and energy systems.

Food Systems topics include food safety, bio-sensing technology, food and bioprocessing, bio-products utilization, microbial risk assessment, antimicrobial technologies, nano-biotechnology, bio/abio interfacing, phytochemical extraction, and bio-driven nanostructures.

Water systems topics include watershed ecosystem services, stream bank, lake, and reservoir restoration and management, ecological engineering design, water resources, water quality, and non-point source pollution management, watershed modeling and monitoring, irrigation technologies, water management at watershed and ecosystems scales, metrics for sustainable water management, and low-impact development.

Energy systems topics include biomass production and post-harvest engineering, energy use at farm level, bio-refineries, thermo-chemical conversion of biomass and by-products, extraction of co-products, pretreatment of feedstock, farm-scale thermochemical reactors, bio-conversion and bio-processing, bio-products, equipment, poultry/animal housing energy efficiency, energy effectiveness analysis.


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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:
Foundations of Sustainability Minor

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

The Foundations of Sustainability Minor is an 18-credit program open to all undergraduate students at the University of Arkansas. Because it is interdisciplinary, drawing from faculty and courses across all colleges and schools at the University of Arkansas, the minor enhances and reflects each student's individual academic and career interests. The purpose of the minor in Sustainability is to provide foundational knowledge and skills related to the emerging discipline of sustainability and to prepare students to become innovators within their diverse fields. The program is organized around four interdisciplinary systems areas; natural, managed, built, and human-social.


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