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Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
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University of Maryland, College Park
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

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Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Sally DeLeon
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for undergraduate students (I.e. an interdisciplinary academic program that concentrates on sustainability as an integrated concept)?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate degree program:
Environmental Science and Technology

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

The Environmental Science and Technology (ENST) major prepares students for graduate study and careers focusing on understanding the natural and built environments and resolving environmental problems and concerns for the benefit of humans and ecosystems. Specifically, the program encompasses impacts of human society on the natural environment, the effects of environmental conditions on humans and ecosystems, science-based management of ecosystems, watershed and soil-related processes related to environmental quality, and designing solutions to sustainably improve environmental quality of air, water, soil, and biological communities. The ENST major is a science- and math-based curriculum leading to a B.S. degree in Environmental Science and Technology with concentrations in Ecological Technology Design, Environmental Health, Soil and Watershed Science, or Natural Resources Management. These concentrations share a foundation in science and mathematics and offer specialization through restricted and free electives. The group of courses required for the concentrations are designed to provide students with a fundamental understanding of environmental systems and issues and the multidisciplinary quantitative design and analytical tools necessary to solve complex environmental problems.


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Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Environmental Science and Policy

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

The curriculum of Environmental Science and Policy comprises a core of courses at the introductory level in environmental science, environmental policy, biology, chemistry, earth sciences, geography, economics, calculus, statistics, and government and politics. This is followed by in-depth and focused training in one of eleven areas of concentration in biological resources, earth systems, or the human dimensions of the field. The educational philosophy of the program is to train students broadly using a multi-disciplinary approach at the introductory level so that they are exposed to the myriad ways there are to learn about environmental systems and to address human-environment issues. This introductory approach precedes the concentration in which the students are prepared for post-graduate study or work in a discipline-based field. The combination of the lower-level core courses and upper-level depth in a concentration prepares graduates to work and study independently or as members of teams in which they will be asked to be experts in one area, while understanding and using effectively other natural and social science knowledge and investigative approaches.


The website URL for the undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
Geographical Sciences

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

The world is changing at unprecedented rates, primarily as a result of human actions. Opportunities for increased well-being of humans and the environment abound. On the other hand, competition for resources such as fresh water and oil is reaching crisis proportions.

The future of humanity depends on skillful management of our environment by planning the social, urban, suburban and rural settings where we work, live and play. Expert care of the environment is needed to maintain supplies of food, natural products, water, and the other resources on which life depends. New insights into the social, economic and urban environment can help control poverty and crime.

Geographical Sciences concerns the relations between people and the natural world, the effects of ecosystems on human beings and vice versa, the choices people make, the effects of past actions on people today, and the effects of today's choices on future generations.

Having completed the degree program, students should have acquired the following knowledge and skills:
1) Possess an understanding of the nature of the physical systems and processes of the Earth's environment and their interactions.
2) Understand the nature of the geographical approach and its value in understanding human-environment relationships.
3) Know the methods and techniques of data collection, display and analysis used in the study of environmental systems.


The website URL for the undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program(s):

A list of programs with links to their websites is available at https://sustainability.umd.edu/education-research/majors-minors-graduate-programs


Does the institution offer one or more sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates for undergraduate students?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Sustainability Studies

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

The study of sustainability examines each generation’s commitment to protect and preserve the quality of the natural environment for the benefit of succeeding generations. The stability of natural systems and the environment, economic progress, and promoting social justice are all important sustainability goals. Promoting these goals involves choices among competing ends.

The Sustainability Studies Minor at the University of Maryland provides students the opportunity to learn how human relationships, natural resources, and diverse environments can be understood and used to address creatively and positively the global challenges that will affect future human populations and cultures. It will complement any major on campus and provide both intellectual breadth and depth in a challenging area of inquiry that is gaining a high level of interest in businesses, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations. Together with a major in a discipline, this minor will provide students with the critical thinking and problem-solving skills necessary for them as citizens, employees, or graduate students.


The website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Global Poverty

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

The minor develops an awareness and understanding of the dimensions of global poverty, its causes and consequences, and the scope of policies aimed at poverty alleviation. Students will discover how incentives, resources, and social and political institutions influence the incidence of poverty across and within countries. The Minor will explore the relationships between poverty and determinants of human welfare such as hunger, health, education and environmental quality.


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Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
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The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused undergraduate minors, concentrations and certificates:

A list of programs with links to their websites is available at https://sustainability.umd.edu/education-research/majors-minors-graduate-programs


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Only undergraduate majors and minors have been included in this credit. Concentrations and certificates have not been compiled here.

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