Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.05
Liaison Konrad Schlarbaum
Submission Date Feb. 15, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Colorado Colorado Springs
IN-38: Sustainability Course Designation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Niki Juhl
Chemistry & Biochemistry
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A brief description of the formal sustainability course designation program:

All students must take a sustainability flagged course before graduation from UCCS. This is part of the General Education requirements called the Compass Curriculum.

"Goal 3) Act and Interact. Students will cultivate self-awareness and understanding of their impact-locally, nationally, and globally. Students will be prepared to participate effectively in a society that encompasses diverse experiences, perspectives, and realities. This area includes [among others]:

Sustainability-understanding the interaction between human development and the natural environment"

In order to achieve the terms of this goal, students will learn about key principles of sustainability including social equity, environmental protection, and economic development, among others. The sustainability GE goal will be achieved by integrating teaching about sustainability within discipline-specific coursework and/or other GE components, or in general elective courses.

Integrated content and/or courses will vary across disciplines and will examine the integrative nature of the sustainability concept to their disciplinary work. Ideally, students will gain knowledge about how to promote sustainability in their place of employment (e.g. support diversity, environmental activities such as recycling, reduction of waste, etc.).

All courses that have received approval to meet Compass Curriculum sustainability requirements will have it listed in course description such as in following description.
ANTH 4270 - Landscape Archaeology: Sustainability and Collapse
3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum)
Explore human landscapes at scales of research beyond the “site.” Survey perspectives from historically capitalist and pre-capitalist perspectives. Sustainability is the thread that ties this course together. Archaeology at regional scales explores environmental justice, ecology, and heritage. Approved for LAS Global Awareness and Social Sciences requirements. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirements: Explore-Society, Health and Behavior; Sustainability. Prer., ANTH 1020.

Course Catalog - When a student types in Sustainability, they can see all Compass Curriculum approved sustainability courses for each semester before registering.

A copy of the official course catalog where the sustainability course designations appear:

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