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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.58 / 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:
1,224

Total number of graduates from degree programs:
3,799

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:

Biomolecular Engineering 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. 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.

Earth and Planetary Sciences B.S. 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.

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology BS. Students will demonstrate broad-based knowledge of the fundamentals of Ecology, Behavior, Evolution and Physiology and the relationships among these disciplines. All students are exposed to current and critical issues and topics in the field of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, including principles that pertain to sustainability like conservation and restoration.

Electrical Engineering B.S. 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 and H. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.

Environmental Studies B.A. Identify the societal (social, political, economic, cultural and ethical) agents and structures that contribute to environmental change (social science competency). Describe the structure and functioning of major physical and ecological components of the earth’s systems (natural science competency). 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).

General Education Perspectives requirement (for all undergraduate students). 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 human interactions with nature and sustainability issues.

College Eight. College Eight has a three quarter core course required of all students. 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. Since its creation in 1972, College Eight has been a crucial component of the university's world renowned Environmental, Ecological and Sustainability programs and initiatives. The College also offers a minor in Sustainability, available to students in any major.

College Nine. The core course (required for all students) and classes offered through College Nine provide students with hands-on learning opportunities to engage in discourse around Global Themes. Students have the opportunity to explore their interests through classes like the Community Garden, a hands-on sustainable agriculture experience focusing on building community and ecological systems.

College Ten. College Ten's theme and required core course is on Social Justice and Community. Our corresponding motto is "justice for all." Through the frosh seminar (for all students), optional workshops, and co-curricular activities, we pay special attention to individuals and groups who are denied opportunities offered to more privileged members of society. Some of the issues we consider are racism, sexism, ageism, and other forms of discrimination. Other matters that are addressed include poverty, greed, ethnic hatreds, violence against the queer community, and environmental injustices.


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

See list above.


The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability learning outcomes is available:

Learning Outcomes for several programs are not listed in the website provided above. If the link above does not take you to the program you are looking for, try the following links below instead.

Biomolecular Engineering BS https://beng.soe.ucsc.edu/home

College Eight http://eight.ucsc.edu/about/index.html

College Nine http://collegenine.ucsc.edu/about/index.html

College Ten http://collegeten.ucsc.edu/about/index.html

Computer Engineering https://abet.soe.ucsc.edu/

Earth and Planetary Sciences http://eps.ucsc.edu/academics/undergrad-studies/ProgramLearningOutcomes.pdf

Earth and Planetary Sciences http://eps.ucsc.edu/academics/index.html

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology http://www.eeb.ucsc.edu/academics/program-learning-outcomes.html

Electrical Engineering https://www.soe.ucsc.edu/departments/electrical-engineering/undergraduate/abet-accreditation

Environmental Studies http://envs.ucsc.edu/undergraduate/prog-reqs/

Environmental Studies http://envs.ucsc.edu/graduate/requirements/index.html

Perspectives- Environment requirement: http://registrar.ucsc.edu/navigator/section3/gened/beginning2010/gen-ed-codes/pee-code.html

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