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University of California, Santa Cruz
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.49 / 8.00 Shauna Casey
Sustainability Programs Manager
Campus Sustainability Office
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Number of students who graduated from a program that has adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
1,404

Total number of graduates from degree programs:
4,515

A copy of the list or inventory of degree, diploma or certificate programs that have sustainability learning outcomes:
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A list of degree, diploma or certificate programs that have sustainability learning outcomes:

Bioengineering BS
Bioinformatics BS
Computer Engineering BS
Electrical Engineering BS
Earth and Planetary Sciences BS
Environmental Studies BS
College 8 program
Students who fulfilled the Perspectives General Education Requirement with an Environment course

We could not find sustainability learning outcomes for graduate programs .


A list or sample of the sustainability learning outcomes associated with degree, diploma or certificate programs (if not included in an inventory above):

Bioengineering BS
Bioinformatics BS
Computer Engineering BS
Electrical Engineering BS
Earth and Planetary Sciences BS
Environmental Studies BS
College 8
"Perspectives" General Education Requirement

Bioengineering B.S.: be able to apply ethical reasoning to make decisions about engineering methods and solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.

Bioinformatics B.S.: be able to apply ethical reasoning to make decisions about engineering methods and solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.

Computer Engineering B.S.: Outcome c: an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability

Electrical Engineering B.S. Outcome c: an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability. https://abet.soe.ucsc.edu/

Earth and Planetary Sciences B.A.: Describe and understand the origin of the solar system and Earth; the evolution of the solid Earth, hydrosphere and atmosphere; plate tectonics; climate change; biological evolution; and geochronology. http://eps.ucsc.edu/academics/undergrad-studies/ProgramLearningOutcomes.pdf

Environmental Studies B.A.: 1. Identify the societal (social, political, economic, cultural and ethical) agents and structures that contribute to environmental change. (social science competency)
2. Describe the structure and functioning of major physical and ecological components of the earth’s systems. (natural science competency) 3. Access and analyze a complex literature addressing specific topics in environmental studies, and evaluate the usefulness and limitations of individual sources of information. (analytic thinking)

College 8 program Core Course: College Eight has a three quarter core course. The courses are taught by senior tenured professors from the Social Sciences, Physical and Biological Sciences, and Engineering Divisions of UCSC. The goal of the core course sequence is to provide students with a solid scientific and policy foundation for environmental citizenship.

General EducationPerspectives requirement (undergraduate); Students choose one five-credit course or equivalent from any of the three following categories: PE-E, PE-H, PE-T. Environmental Awareness (PE-E code) Courses focus on humankind's interactions with nature.


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