Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 47.16
Liaison Yara Watson Colon
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Central Florida
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.23 / 8.00 Yara Watson Colon
Sustainability Specialist II
Sustainability Initiatives
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Has the institution adopted one or more sustainability learning outcomes that apply to the entire student body or, at minimum, to the institution's predominant student body?:
No

Which of the following best describes the sustainability learning outcomes?:
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A list of the institution level sustainability learning outcomes:
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Total number of graduates from degree programs:
16,949

Number of graduates from degree programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:
494

A brief description of how the figure above was determined:

The total number of graduates from degree programs was calculated by adding all degrees granted from bachelors, masters, and doctoral programs within the academic year 2018-2019.

To identify the number of graduates from degree programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability, programs containing sustainability-related content within their university course catalog descriptions were identified and reported on.

The numbers reported are representative of Academic Year 2018-2019.


A list of degree programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:

1. Environmental Studies (Minor, 28 grads)
The Environmental Studies minor is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students for a diverse set of academic endeavors and careers. It delivers the tradition of a liberal arts education with the rigor of the natural and social sciences, providing the introspection and artistic presentation of the humanities with the inquisitiveness that we share concerning our environment.

2. Environmental Studies (BS, 28 grads)
The Environmental Studies degree prepares students for a number of interesting and challenging careers. Its interdisciplinary nature provides students with tools that can be applied across a spectrum of science, social behavior, and humanities, using the strengths of the various areas. Students seeking journalistic or artistic careers will gain a scientific background by which to understand environmental science, while students going into the sciences will appreciate the social, political, and ethical dimensions of environmental actions and policy decisions.

3. Environmental Engineering (BSVE, 38 grads)
Environmental Engineering addresses the interaction of humans with their environment and the planning, design, and control of systems for environmental quality management. This discipline covers such areas as air and noise pollution, solid waste, potable water, and wastewater.

4. Biology (BS, 265 grads)
The Biology B.S. degree allows the student to choose coursework to be awarded the general Biology B.S. degree or to select a track in one of five areas, which are: Ecology, Evolutionary and Conservation Biology – Marine and Aquatic Biology – Plant Sciences – Pre-Health Professional Biology – Zoology and Pre-Veterinarian Science. These tracks are designed to align students with specific courses that will prepare them for the job market or more advanced study.

5. Sociology (BA, 89 grads)
The Sociology curriculum emphasizes critical examination of various components of society. The purpose of the curriculum is to increase students’ social awareness and their abilities to employ a sociological perspective to interpret social institutions and behavior. Sociology includes the study of interpersonal interactions, groups, organizations, and societies through the application of theoretical approaches and the use of qualitative and quantitative methods. Sociology courses are directly relevant to many contemporary issues, including murder and violent crime, domestic violence, global warming, alcohol and drug abuse, popular culture, and changes in the family. The department offers groups of courses in several areas, including social institutions, the environment, crime and deviance, popular culture, family, and diversity and social inequalities.

6. Urban and Regional Planning (M.S., 12 grads)
The Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning program is designed to produce graduates with the analytical skills and managerial knowledge to pursue successful careers in urban, metropolitan, and regional planning and closely related fields. Students will receive an interdisciplinary, holistic educational experience emphasizing sustainability and socially responsible planning.

7. Applied Sociology (M.A, 9 grads)
A primary focus of the program is the variety of social problems in society with special attention given to the Central Florida area and the different community policies that have evolved to confront them. Toward this objective, the program promotes the application of sociological and social psychological knowledge, principles, and research skills in a variety of organizational, community, and institutional settings. Examples of competencies in applied sociology include effective skills in program design and evaluation research; planning, feasibility and needs assessment studies; data management, analysis and presentation; and the application of general systems and social conflict theories to organizational problems, community development and planned change.

8. Biology (M.S., 8 grads)
The Master of Science in Biology program offers a broad range of training opportunities ranging from the sub-cellular to entire ecosystems. Our program offers broad-based training in a variety of disciplines including Conservation Biology, Ecology, Evolution, Physiology, Genetics and Cell and Developmental Biology.

9. Environmental Engineering (M.S and MSEnvE, 8 grads)
The program focuses on pollution control, pollution prevention, and the correction of pollution effects on natural and man-made environments. The program is noted for its strong faculty research interests, and areas of study include drinking water treatment, wastewater treatment, solid and hazardous waste management, atmospheric pollution control and modeling, community noise abatement, and stormwater management. The program’s overall mission is to prepare students for careers in environmental engineering with consulting firms; with industry; within federal, state, and local governments; and/or in higher education.

10. Conservation Biology (PhD, 4 grads)
The Conservation Biology PhD program provides an interface between traditional biological sciences and the areas of economics, law, urban and rural planning, politics, communication, philosophy and environmental engineering. The purpose of this training is to produce scientists capable of doing independent research and the ability to work within the broader area of environmental politics, law and economics to communicate issues of conservation biology to policy makers, the general public and industry.

11. Environmental Engineering (PhD, 5 grads)
The Environmental Engineering PhD program focuses on pollution control, pollution prevention, and the correction of pollution effects on natural and man-made environments. The program is known for its strong faculty research interests. Areas of study include drinking water treatment, astute treatment, solid and hazardous waste management, atmospheric pollution control and modeling, environmental water resources, and stormwater management. The program’s mission is to prepare students for careers in environmental engineering with consulting firms; with industry; within federal, state, and local governments; and/or in higher education.


Documentation supporting the figure reported above (upload):
Do the figures reported above cover one, two, or three academic years?:
One

Percentage of students who graduate from programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:
2.91

Website URL where information about the sustainability learning outcomes is available:
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