Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.27
Liaison Linda Kogan
Submission Date Feb. 15, 2018
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University of Colorado Colorado Springs
AC-4: Graduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 David Havlick
Asst Professor/ Director Sustainable Development Minor
Department of Geography and Environmental Studies
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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)?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused graduate-level degree program:
Master of Arts in Applied Geography

A brief description of the graduate-level degree program:

The goal of the program is to provide graduate level education that enables students to address community concerns through applied geographic research. Graduates with an MA in Applied Geography will have integrative skills that link human activity to natural systems, and that apply a spatial perspective to human and natural processes.

Areas of Emphasis
Sustainability Studies: Sustainability studies integrates knowledge and methodologies from the Sciences, Humanities, and Arts to provide a roadmap that can be applied to the design, selection, and implementation of sustainable policies, practices, technologies, and strategies. Sustainability Studies provides a dynamic feedback loop of information and practice. The Master of Arts in Applied Geography provides opportunities to explore nature-society relations and social equity issues at a variety of scales.
- Community-Based Research
- Geospatial Technologies

The MA provides students with specific scientific and communication skills necessary to be community leaders in their area of expertise. Graduates of this MA program will have the following skills and competencies to work on community issues:

Understanding of and appreciation for the interactions between the human and natural world
Skills to synthesize, analyze, and evaluate diverse social and physical information
Ability to conceptualize spatial relationships for problem solving
Communication skills to clearly present solutions or recommendations


The website URL for the graduate-level degree program:
Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (2nd program):
Master of Sciences in Sport Nutrition

A brief description of the graduate degree program (2nd program):

The goal of the Master of Sciences in Sport Nutrition degree is to graduate students with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in sport nutrition careers while integrating sustainability and a whole food approach in their practices. Our program is unique with this approach to Sport Nutrition. Students have numerous opportunities for hands-on experiences within our university and community to 1) raise their food literacy awareness and 2) integrate their knowledge and skills within sport nutrition.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (3rd program):
Master of Engineering - Energy Engineering (ME EnE)

A brief description of the graduate degree program (3rd program):

The Master of Engineering - Energy Engineering (ME EnE) is a practical graduate degree program that focuses on commercial buildings and manufacturing processes and the energy they consume. Graduates become consultants and allies to industries who must become more efficient to compete.

Core material is centered around commercial and industrial energy systems and quantifying methods, because they are the essential skill for jobs in this field. Supporting courses are HVAC design and controls. Ancillary courses include energy management and alternative energy and sustainability concepts.

Capstone Project - Students are required to complete a Capstone course to demonstrate mastery of the overall program content. Project topics are decided between the student and the course instructor and will normally reflect a real-world industry or community need and interest.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused graduate-level degree programs:
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Does the institution offer one or more graduate-level sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates?:
Yes

Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate:
Graduate Certificate in Diversity, Social Justice and Inclusion

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate:

CERTIFICATE DESCRIPTION: The Graduate Certificate in Diversity, Social Justice and Inclusion is an innovative, comprehensive and relevant certificate program geared for individuals interested in the advancement of diversity, social justice and inclusion. This nationally accredited, university-backed program benefits those who are seeking the advanced skills, knowledge and strategies to implement diversity-oriented pedagogy, programs, practices and policies that can be applied in educational, community, corporate and public settings. The program provides an unprecedented level of expertise from leading scholars and nationally renowned experts in the field of diversity, social justice and inclusion.


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