Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 78.50
Liaison Kira Stoll
Submission Date Aug. 16, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of California, Berkeley
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 11.15 / 14.00 Jack Chang
STARS Assessment Fellow (ERG)
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Figures required to calculate the percentage of courses offered by the institution that are sustainability course offerings:
Undergraduate Graduate
Total number of courses offered by the institution 2,859 2,161
Number of sustainability courses offered 345 156
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 266 136

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its sustainability course offerings and descriptions:
Do the figures reported above cover one, two, or three academic years?:

A brief description of the methodology used to determine the total number of courses offered and to identify sustainability course offerings, including the definitions used and the process for reviewing and/or validating the course inventory :

A graduate student fellow at the Office of Sustainability reviewed the entire course catalog and identified sustainability courses, using the below criteria, which are considered consistent with the new categories of STARS 2.1 and with the criteria used by the University of California. Graduate courses are those numbered 200 and above. Some courses were offered in undergraduate and graduate versions.

“Focused” : a course that views topics through the lens of sustainability. This does not mean that the word “sustainability” needs to be in the course description, it simply means that the topics of the course almost exclusively pertain to the definition of sustainability from above.

“Related”: a course that devotes at least one unit or section to a sustainability topic or has direct applications in sustainability fields.

How were courses with multiple offerings or sections counted for the figures reported above?:
Each course was counted as a single course regardless of the number of offerings or sections

A brief description of how courses with multiple offerings or sections were counted (if different from the options outlined above):

Note: Undergraduate and graduate versions of a course were counted separately.

Are the following course types included in the inventory? :
Yes (included) or No (not included)
Internships No
Practicums Yes
Independent study No
Special topics Yes
Thesis / dissertation No
Clinical No
Physical education No
Performance arts No

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The information from this field was collected via a manual search of the UC Berkeley course inventory over the 2017-18 school year filtering for items that qualified as sustainability courses or courses that include sustainability. The resulting courses were then analyzed by the school's Office of Planning and Analysis to calculate the percentage of total courses that qualified as sustainable. The OPA also calculated the number of departments offering such sustainability courses.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.