Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.04
Liaison Troy Goodnough
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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University of Minnesota, Morris
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Troy Goodnough
Sustainability Director
Office of Sustainability
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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 Studies

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary major under the authority of the vice
chancellor for academic affairs and dean.

The program is administered by the environmental studies program coordinator.

Objectives—The environmental studies major is designed to serve
those interested in a broad knowledge of the natural environment
and the role of humans in it. Students acquire a foundation of
knowledge in economics, policy, science, humanities, and statistics.

Carefully chosen electives, a required practical internship or
research experience, and a capstone seminar provide depth of
experience and help students prepare for graduate and professional
programs, as well as for careers in education, government service,
and the private sector.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Environmental competency. Awareness and understanding of
one’s own impacts as well as broader human-environment
interactions; ability to think critically about individual and collective
choices and future consequences thereof.

2. Environmental issues as multifaceted and multidisciplinary.
Understanding the underpinnings of modern environmental
movements and problems, including but not limited to basic
ecology, ethical principles, meaning(s) of nature, and ways of
valuing (e.g. economic, intrinsic) our environment; ability to
articulate diverse perspectives on major environmental challenges.

3. Knowledge of major environmental challenges. Ability to
articulate and effectively address major intertwined challenges
including climate change, loss of biodiversity, water pollution and
scarcity, human security and environmental justice, and legacy
pollution such as hazardous or nuclear waste sites.

4. Research methods and creative expression. Familiarity with
several qualitative and quantitative methods germane to
environmental studies; successful application of at least one such
method in the context of a major assignment or project.

5. Cultivating an understanding of place in global context.
Understanding of interactions among biophysical, economic, and
social aspects of particular places or regions and connections to
larger global forces or issues; for example, the relationships of
various agricultural production systems to the biophysical, social
and economic landscapes in western Minnesota and how these
systems relate to state, national and global contexts of food policy,
food production and distribution patterns, climate change, and other
issues.

A University of Minnesota, Morris environmental studies major begins with a rigorous core curriculum in economics, policy, science, humanities, and statistics. A carefully chosen set of upper–level electives lets you delve deeply into a specific environmental area.


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

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

The Environmental Science major is for students interested in an interdisciplinary science education that prepares them to deal with environmental challenges.
The basic natural resources of land, air, and water are studied in
the context of protecting and sustaining the environment.

Students become knowledgeable about environmental issues and applied
environmental science. The environmental science curriculum draws
courses predominantly from the disciplines of the Division of Science and Mathematics.

Learning Outcomes:

The program prepares students to be able to:

*demonstrate a strong basis of knowledge about the basic natural
resources of land, air, and water;
*exhibit awareness about the problems arising from the interaction of
human society and natural environment;
*effectively apply skills in techniques of applied environmental
science, including experiment design, collection of data and
analysis of experimental results;
*demonstrate skill in oral and written presentation of scientific
problems that pertain to the environment.


The website URL for the undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
Native American and Indigenous Studies

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

This is an interdisciplinary major under the authority of the vice
chancellor for academic affairs and dean. The program is administered by the coordinator(s) of Native American and Indigenous Studies.

The Native American and Indigenous Studies major is designed to
enhance students' awareness and their overall knowledge about
sovereignty and the diversity of indigenous cultures with primary
focus on the United States.

Majors are required to engage and learn Native American histories, cultures, literatures, languages, arts, sciences, and expressive cultures.

Learning Outcomes:

Native American and Indigenous Studies promotes critical thinking,
writing, and communication skills that are also rooted in indigenous
knowledge systems and community involvement by

* developing proficiency in core concepts in the field of Native
American and Indigenous Studies;
* locating, exploring, and critically analyzing texts relevant to Native
American and Indigenous Studies;
* acquiring an awareness of the complexities of tribal sovereignty;
* developing skills and knowledge necessary to engage in
collaborative and ethical research within Indigenous Studies;
* applying interdisciplinary skills and approaches in the study of
indigenous peoples within local and global contexts; and
* writing and speaking effectively


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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:
American Indian Studies

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

The American Indian Studies major and minor is designed to enhance a student’s awareness and their overall knowledge about sovereignty and the diversity of Indigenous cultures throughout all of Native North America.


The website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Environmental Leadership and Stewardship

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

This new area of emphasis prepares students to play a leading role in solving environmental problems and developing sustainable practices in a wide range of contexts.


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