Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.70
Liaison Kevin Kirsche
Submission Date June 22, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Georgia
AC-4: Graduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Tyra Byers
Program Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for graduate students?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused graduate-level degree program:
Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development (M.S.)

A brief description of the graduate-level degree program:

The M.S. in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development combines interdisciplinary course work with field experience and thesis research, training students to handle the unique, multidisciplinary problems associated with conservation and sustainable development. The program is intended to provide the training necessary to handle the unique, multidisciplinary problems in the area of conservation and sustainable development and to function independently as a researcher and decision-maker to address problems of conservation and sustainable development.


Website URL for the graduate-level degree program:
Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (2nd program):
Integrative Conservation (Ph.D.)

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

The conservation community has increasingly recognized that responding effectively to these challenges will require that the next generation of practitioners and scholars not only develop expertise in specific fields but also have the conceptual tools to work across disciplines. The University of Georgia’s Integrative Conservation (ICON) Ph.D. program is designed to meet that need by ensuring you gain disciplinary depth and learn to collaborate across disciplines and fields of practice to seek integrative solutions to complex conservation challenges.


Website URL for the graduate degree program (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (3rd program):
Masters in Environmental Planning & Design (M.E.P.D.)

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

The Master of Environmental Planning & Design is a professional graduate program with an emphasis on a studio-based integrative planning process grounded in environmental and ecological principles. The purpose is to improve life and ecosystem health in regions and urban centers, incorporating cultural, historic and design elements, while engaging community process to identify and plan for long range city and regional goals.


Website URL for the graduate degree program (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused graduate-level degree programs:
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:
Certificate in Sustainability

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

The Graduate Sustainability Certificate equips students with the skills to make significant, systemic changes in their communities, paving the way for a more sustainable future. Through the process of obtaining the sustainability certificate, students gain knowledge about issues pertaining to sustainability, achieve enlightened perspectives about what sustainability means for individuals, communities, and the world, and acquire experience applying this understanding to meaningful, real-world situations.


Website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development Certificate

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):

Students enrolled in any graduate degree program in the University of Georgia may apply to the Graduate Certificate Program in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development. // Students who earn this certificate will receive interdisciplinary preparation to handle the unique, multi-disciplinary problems associated with working in the area of conservation and sustainable development. Students in the natural sciences will gain a social science perspective in their understanding of the ecology of development, and students in the social sciences will learn ecological principles so that their decisions can be grounded in biological fact. // The course and credit requirements are the same as for the Master's Degree in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development except that a thesis is not required.


Website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
Environmental Ethics Certificate Program

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):

The Environmental Ethics Certificate Program (EECP) is a non-degree program offered as an enhancement to an undergraduate or graduate degree. The EECP provides an interdisciplinary forum for students, faculty, and the community to discuss social and scientific responsibilities toward our environment. // The Program seeks to unify people from a diversity of disciplines in discussion and decision-making about environmental problems that involve competing values. The Program provides a forum where philosophers, scientists and people from all other disciplines can discuss social and scientific responsibilities toward our environment in a rational manner which clearly defines problems, considers all the information, and maintains our values.


Website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other graduate-level, sustainability-focused minors, concentrations and certificates:
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