Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 80.84
Liaison Teddy Lhoutellier
Submission Date April 26, 2024

STARS v2.2

University of Miami
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

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Sustainability Manager
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Has the institution adopted one or more sustainability learning outcomes that apply to the entire student body or, at minimum, to the institution's predominant student body?:

Which of the following best describes the sustainability learning outcomes?:

A list of the institution level sustainability learning outcomes:

Through the General Education Requirements, the university requires all students to complete a cognate designed to:

  • Analyze the organization of society.
  • Analyze patterns of social change.

These learning outcomes are supportive of sustainability education.

Total number of graduates from degree programs:

Number of graduates from degree programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:

A brief description of how the figure above was determined:

After aligning the Total number of graduates from degree programs with the screening applied to AC1, we started verifying if Sustainability and Sustainable Development were included at the School level in the broad learning outcomes highlighted in their respective academic goals. We did the same verification Department by Department for the remaining schools. We cross checked the selections with the Course learning outcomes for Tier 1 and Tier 2 provided by the professors in AC1.

In 2019, the Miami Herbert Business School launched their MS and Minor in Sustainable Business, and decided to include Sustainability, Diversity, Inclusion and Corporate Social Responsibility in their academic goals as a school. In 2021, the Dpt of Geography also decided to rename itself Geography and Sustainable Development and focus its learning outcomes on the latter. In 2022, the College of Arts and Science adopted a strategic vision that lists sustainability, climate, energy, global health, intercultural connections, poverty, and democracy as major challenges that will be incorporated into the College's research and curriculum agenda.

A list of degree programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:
  • Architectural/Civil/Environmental Engineering: Students who graduate from these programs will have demonstrated the following: [...] An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams; An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
    • BS in Architectural Engineering
    • BS in Civil Engineering
    • BS in Environmental Engineering
    • MS in Architectural Engineering
    • MS in Civil Engineering
    • PhD in Civil Engineering
    • MS in Construction Management
  • Atmospheric Sciences: Investigate the tropical atmosphere in a changing climate; research tropical meteorology, climate dynamics, cloud and aerosol processes, and atmospheric chemistry.  
    • BS in Meteorology and Marine Science
    • Minor in Climate Science and Policy
    • MS in Atmospheric Sciences
    • MS in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography
    • PhD in Atmospheric Sciences
    • PhD in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography
  • College of Arts and Science: "We live in an increasingly complex world, with dynamic relations among nations, people, cultures, and values. We need solutions to big challenges, such as sustainability, climate, energy, global health, intercultural connections, poverty, democracy, security, and the impact of technology. The University of Miami’s unique setting in a truly global city provides an additional resource for studying and finding solutions to these challenges. The curriculum and research agenda of the College seek to address these challenges through strategic and integrative approaches."
  • Ecosystem Science and Policy: The ECS program provides students with a broad background in environmental issues from a variety of perspectives, along with in-depth education in an area of specialization.
    • BA and BS in Ecosystem Science and Policy
  • Environmental Science and Policy: Students enrolled in the Environmental Science and Policy (EVR) program work at the intersection of science and society, committed to assessing, managing, and conserving marine resources through innovation and research.
    • MS in Environmental Science and Policy
    • MPS in Environmental Science and Policy
    • PhD in Environmental Science and Policy
  • Geography and Sustainable Development: Emphasizes the study of human-environment interactions, health and medical geography, and globalization and urban change by applying the latest techniques in geospatial technology, including geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing (RS), and spatial statistics.
    • BA and BS in Geography and Sustainable Development
    • MPS in Urban Sustainability and Resilience
    • MA in Geography
  • Geological Sciences: Research at UM focuses on carbonate sedimentology and coral reefs, geochemistry, paleoclimatology, tectonic processes (volcanoes and earthquakes), and the impact of rising sea level on coastal systems.
    • BA and BS in Geological Sciences
    • BS in Marine Science and Geological Sciences
  • Marine Affairs: This program is designed for students who wish to prepare themselves for graduate studies and careers in marine policy, political ecology, marine resource economics, management and conservation of marine resources, environmental impact analysis, marine cultural resources, marine anthropology, spatial planning, ocean and coastal law and policy.
    • BA in Marine Affairs
  • Marine Biology and Ecology: Curriculum includes an understanding of earth systems and biodiversity. 
    • BS in Marine Biology and Ecology
    • MS in Marine Biology and Ecology
    • PhD in Marine Biology and Ecology
  • Marine & Environmental Law and Policy: Students interested in understanding the competing interests of development and the protection of the marine and coastal ecosystems should consider this area.
  • Marine Geosciences: The program emphasizes interdisciplinary study where geological phenomena interact with or are influenced by processes generally studied in other disciplines, such as ocean currents, climate, and biological evolution.
    • BS/MS in Marine Geosciences
    • MS in Marine Geosciences
    • PhD in Marine Geosciences
  • Maritime Law: This area is for students interested in learning about the laws governing scarce ocean resources along with their implementation in a global context, and for those attracted to the pursuit of career paths in public international law of the sea or who plan to work with a public agency.
  • Miami Herbert Business School: The MHBS prioritizes sustainability education for all students so that we can prepare leaders ready to take on the social and environmental challenges of the 21st century. They are committed to fostering global mindsets and multicultural understanding. Their proudly diverse community of students and faculty is strengthened by their mutual appreciation for our differences.
    • All degree programs
  • MS in Climate and Health: The program trains future generations of professionals, research analysts, planners, decision-makers and leaders to address the intricate relationship between human health and climate, climate change and weather patterns and weather anomalies (C2W2).
  • School of Architecture: Programs require students to take courses that focus on climate, natural energy use, energy flow, and environmental intervention. Some of the programs focus fully on place-making for people, environmental resilience, and economic sustainability.
    • Bachelor of Architecture 
    • Master of Urban Design
    • Master of Architecture
    • MS in Architecture, Contemporary Theory of Built Environment track
    • Master of Urban Design
  • UM Law School (Environmental Policy): As an intensive program, it provides high-level knowledge and research experience and is especially suited to those seeking to: implement and impact environmental policy and regulation at the state or national levels; engage in cutting-edge research related to environmental policy in an academic setting; serve as environmental legal consultants or litigators; work with international agencies, governments, or organizations; gain expertise in environmental science for those with the desire to go into environmental law; understand legal fundamentals in order to work on marine conservation and coastal conservation issues, and need to understand some legal fundamentals in order to formulate policy recommendations for these regimes.
  • Urban Studies: Cities present us with great challenges such as sustainable growth, governance, and civil relations. Standard topics in the field of Urban Studies include the historical emergence of cities, urban forms, urban ecology, the city as incubator of innovations, global urban networks, local urban government, and urban management.
    • Minor in Urban Studies

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