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Submission Date Aug. 10, 2016
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University of Massachusetts Lowell
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

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Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Carl Shreder
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Environmental Health and Safety
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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:
B.S. Environmental Health

A brief description of the undergraduate degree 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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Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
B.S. Civil Engineering

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

The Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering consists of engineers who learn to plan, design, build, manage and rehabilitate the facilities essential to modern society: homes and work places; transportation systems for commerce and recreation, and water treatment and waste disposal systems for a healthful life. As part of the construction industry, they build bridges, buildings, tunnels, dams, canals, irrigation systems, harbors, highways, airports, water supply systems, and waste disposal facilities. They develop solutions to environmental problems, study new methods to control traffic, and design outer space and under sea structures.Civil Engineering prepares students for experience related to the sustainability field. Students learn how work in a sustainable manner with irrigation and drainage,urban planning and development, urban transportation, water and waste water treatment system design, water resources planning and management, hazardous waste site remediation, and waterway, port, coastal and ocean engineering.


The website URL for the undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
B.S. Public Health

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

The Bachelor of Science degree in Public health consists of a Health Sciences Concentration, Community Health/Health Promotion Concentration, and Environmental/Occupational Health Concentration.This program educates people in how to be globally aware, aware of community health and epidemics and being able to access health and availability of health care to communities. Public health connects students to sustainability in ways that students learn about the environmental and economic impacts on public health.


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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

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate:
B.A. program in College of Fine Arts and Humanities: Environment and Society Minor

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

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:
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):
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 and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused undergraduate 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


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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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