Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 53.85
Liaison Ruairi O'Mahony
Submission Date May 1, 2015
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University of Massachusetts Lowell
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Juliette Rooney-Varga
Director & Associate Professor
Climate Change Initiative & Biological Sciences
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for undergraduate students?:
Yes

The name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (1st program):
B.S. Environmental Health

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program (1st program):
The Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health offers students a high caliber education in environmental health with leading faculty in their fields, at a university with a strong commitment to regional health and sustainable development. While the practice of environmental health has a long history in sanitation, water quality and food safety, the field is rapidly evolving and expanding as scientists better understand the complex links between exposures to chemicals, radiation, pathogens, climate change and ecosystem damage and human health.

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The name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
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A brief description of the undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
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The website URL for the undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
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The name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
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A brief description of the undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
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The website URL for the undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
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The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program(s):
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Does the institution offer one or more sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates for undergraduate students?:
Yes

The name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (1st program):
B.A. program in College of Fine Arts and Humanities: Environment and Society Minor

A brief description of the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (1st program):
Environment and Society is an interdisciplinary minor that provides students with analytical and communication skills, as well as the scientific foundation needed to succeed in environmental planning, environmental policy, environmental philosophy, sustainable development, environmental education, and other fields. Topics explored include climate change, sustainability, resource rights, law and regulation, environmental ethics, and the role of environmental issues in domestic and international conflicts.

The website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (1st program):
The name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
B.S. Biological Science: Ecology Concentration

A brief description of the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
The Ecology option offers students a strong foundation in the basic sciences of biology, chemistry, and physics, as well as advanced courses in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Biology. Principles of Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Climate Change: Science, Communication and Solutions are added to the core requirements in Biological Sciences. This option provides students with the theoretical background and hands-on training needed for careers or graduate study in diverse fields such as environmental biotechnology, conservation biology, public health, toxicology, bioremediation, and biological assessment of environmental quality.

The website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
The name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
B.S. Environmental Science: Atmospheric Science Concentration

A brief description of the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
The Atmospheric Science concentration focuses on the study of the various facets of weather, climate and air pollution control. Meteorology and weather forecasting has been the primary employment field for concentration graduates. Meteorologists study the physical causes of weather and climate and apply this knowledge to forecasting, as well as to analyzing the influence of weather and climate on public health, agriculture, engineering, industry, commerce, national defense and other facets of society. The more broadly trained atmospheric scientist also will find opportunities in air pollution research and control.

The website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
The name, brief description and URL of all other undergraduate-level sustainability-focused minors, concentrations and certificates:
B.S. Environmental Science: Environmental Studies Concentration: The environmental science field is interdisciplinary in nature. This concentration blends a strong science core with focused areas in the humanities/social sciences leading to a program of study that is compatible with the student's strengths and goals. The science focus can be in either biology or chemistry. The choice of a humanities/social sciences focus will depend on the student's interests. This concentration prepares students for employment in the private and government sectors where knowledge is required in management and protection of the environment, environmental laws and regulations, natural resources and environmental economics. http://www.uml.edu/Sciences/EEAS/Program-of-Study/environmental.aspx Minor, Energy Engineering: Offered to undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Engineering and students enrolled in other Colleges. Includes set of five required subject-area courses, plus two elective courses. Provides key competency in the highly interdisciplinary energy area. Provides an opportunity to interact with other departments within the College of Engineering and allows an easy transition into a later graduate programs - successful completion of this minor will allow you to pursue graduate studies in the distinctive Energy Engineering program, or national or international doctoral program. http://www.uml.edu/Engineering/Programs/Energy-Engineering-Minor.aspx

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
In addition to the listed sustainability-focused undergraduate minors, two other sustainability-focused undergraduate minors are offered: Minor, Environment and Society (E&S) - an interdisciplinary minor that provides students with analytical and communication skills, as well as the scientific knowledge needed to succeed in environmental policy, sustainable development, environmental education, environmental advocacy, and related fields. E&S students explore public policy, climate change, sustainability, resource rights, law and regulation, and the role of environmental issues in domestic and international conflicts. E&S students also engage in environmental research and service projects in collaboration with government agencies, non-profit groups, local businesses, and state and national parks. Minor, Climate Change and Sustainability - an interdisciplinary minor, under the direction of the UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative and housed in the Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department. A student enrolled in this minor will gain an understanding of the basic science behind climate change as well as the social and economic consequences of climate change. Strategies for sustainability and climate adaptation will be addressed. http://www.uml.edu/Research/Climate-Change/Academic-Programs.aspx

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