|Submission Date||Aug. 16, 2018|
University of California, Berkeley
AC-4: Graduate Program
|3.00 / 3.00||
STARS Assessment Fellow (ERG)
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)?:
Name of the sustainability-focused graduate-level degree program:
A brief description of the graduate-level degree program:
With its four-decade history of transformative teaching and research, the Energy and Resources Group (ERG) has reframed ecological and social problems in terms that borrow from, and yet can be understood across, many traditionally separate disciplinary cultures. The ERG model combines a rigorous core curriculum, a shared learning environment, and the freedom to access the entire Berkeley faculty. The core curriculum provides students with relevant analytical tools from ecology, economics, engineering and the social sciences. ERG research is strongly evidence-based and hypothesis-driven; its interdisciplinary culture equally encourages student‐ and faculty‐led research. The value of such a culture is hard to quantify: it has evolved through the commitment to systemic thinking, and the vision of a just and sustainable planet, over generations of ERGies.
The website URL for the graduate-level degree program:
Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (2nd program):
A brief description of the graduate degree program (2nd program):
There is simply no better place to pursue advanced training on the challenges and opportunities facing our environment than here. UC Berkeley was ranked the top university in Environment/Ecology by the U.S. News & World Report’s inaugural international rankings in 2014, and our department has ranked #1 in Environmental Sciences by the annual QS World University Rankings by Subject four years in a row. Our graduate programs offer a chance to work with award-winning faculty in climate science, biodiversity, environmental policy, land use, and community outreach – and to prepare for exciting careers addressing the complex environmental problems we face.
The website URL for the graduate degree program (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (3rd program):
A brief description of the graduate degree program (3rd program):
MS students in the Environmental Health Sciences division are trained to make research and technical contributions to the field of environmental health science. EHS offers an MS degree in Environmental Health Sciences and Global Health and Environment. The EHS MS educational objectives are to develop an understanding of the human health impacts of physical, biological, and chemical agents in the environment and workplace and to explore the means of their recognition and control.
The website URL for the graduate degree program (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused graduate-level degree programs:
Agricultural & Resource Economics
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Conservation and Resource Studies
Earth and Planetary Science
Energy, Civil Infrastructure and Climate
Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning
Environmental Science, Policy & Management
Does the institution offer one or more graduate-level sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates?:
Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate:
A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Berkeley Law was one of the first major law schools to enter the field of environmental law, and our program remains as strong as ever today. Our Environmental Law Program offers students opportunities to take a broad range of courses in the environmental and energy field and to engage in cutting-edge research and writing. It also offers the chance to explore interdisciplinary perspectives on the environment, to obtain vital practical experience, and to connect with the dynamic and cutting edge Bay Area environmental law community.
In addition to its curricular offerings, the Environmental Law Program offers students opportunities to engage in interdisciplinary research with faculty and staff through the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE). CLEE works to develop smart, practical solutions to critical environmental and energy challenges including climate change, renewable energy, sustainable water, and healthy oceans.
The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
The Energy Institute at Haas brings together research and curricular programs on energy business, policy, and technology commercialization. Our goal is to bridge the gap between the frontiers of economic and scientific energy research and the marketplace.
Specifically, the institute:
Trains the business and policy leaders of tomorrow to understand the market, policy, and technological challenges of the energy industries.
Strives to ensure that energy and environmental policy is based on sound economic and business principles, backed by rigorous empirical evidence and the frontiers of economic research.
Works with scientists to commercialize promising energy technologies, being mindful of the unique scientific and policy issues they will confront.
The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
Geographic information science and technology, along with geostatistics and analysis of satellite imagery, have emerged as major cross-disciplinary tools used in academic research, industrial applications, and public policy analysis. This is especially true on the Berkeley campus. Students, faculty and staff across campus are using these technologies to understand how plants and animals might respond to climate change, how the built environment might influence public health, and how land use is changing in the tropics. Adding these skills to your undergraduate or graduate program can help you get a job, or can help you delve into new areas of research. We built this website to provide access to the many distributed GIS opportunities on the Berkeley campus.
A great place for GIS on campus is the Geospatial Innovation Facility (GIF) at UC Berkeley‘sCollege of Natural Resources. The GIF provides leadership and training across a broad array of integrated mapping technologies. These technologies include Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and modeling. The GIF offers innovative geospatial approaches to environmental research projects and grant opportunities. You can take short workshops on a range of topics, rent GPS equipment, get GIS consulting, and go to Geolunch events.
The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other graduate-level, sustainability-focused minors, concentrations and certificates:
Agriculture and Resource Policy
Designated Emphasis in Science and Technology Studies
Environmental and Energy Economics
Global Urban Humanities
Sustainability Certificate Program at the Energy and Resources Group
Additional documentation to support the submission:
Information about degree programs, certificates and designated emphases was gathered through publicly available sources provided by each of the departments and programs websites.
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