Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.75
Liaison Cindy Shea
Submission Date July 24, 2017
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Cindy Shea
Director, Sustainability Office
Campus Enterprises
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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. Degree Environmental Science

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

The environmental science major leads to a bachelor of science degree and is appropriate for students interested in solving complex environmental and energy resource related problems. The major includes preparation in the basic sciences related to environmental study and the application of those principles to the analysis of environmental processes and problems. It focuses on such topics as how material and energy are moved and transformed in complex environmental systems, the role of society in perturbing those processes, and scientific techniques which might be used to improve environmental quality. The degree provides strong preparation for graduate or professional training as well as for jobs in government, consulting, and industry.


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Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
BA Degree in Anthropology

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

The Department of Anthropology’s programs and concentrations offer the undergraduate student one of the best introductions possible to our biological and cultural pasts and to our contemporary world. Anthropology majors thus develop the written and oral skills needed to live and work in a complex world marked by an accelerated rate of environmental, social, and cultural change. Anthropology majors also acquire general knowledge and skills valued within a large number of occupations and professions, including but not limited to professional anthropology.


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Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
B.A. Degree in Geography

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

"Geography studies the changing processes and patterns that shape the Earth’s surface, mold its environments, and make the places in which we live, and how human systems, institutions, and practices in turn remake the earth, alter its climatic and bio-physical processes, shape its landscapes, and create the built environment around us. Geography students participate in our faculty and peer mentoring programs, they can join our student research or service learning activities, engage with faculty and other researchers in the classroom, laboratory, and through fieldwork, or join the Geography Club. Undergraduates in Geography learn the science of earth systems, how to study and apply the effects of social, economic, and political processes in shaping social spaces and nature, and how to use mapping, GIS, GPS, remote sensing, and other geographic information techniques. Many geography students pursue careers in research, teaching, environment policy, international development, or public service. Undergraduate majors concentrate their studies in one of three areas:

▪ Earth Environmental Systems (EES)

▪ Geographic Information Sciences (GISci)

▪ Geographies of Human Activity (GHA)

Students are encouraged to focus their coursework around one of the major themes and strengths in the Department. These include:

▪ Climatology

▪ Culture, Society, and Space

▪ Environmental Systems

▪ Geography of Health and Disease

▪ Geospatial Analysis

▪ International Development and Globalization

▪ Political Ecology

▪ Urban Geography, Planning, and Development"


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

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

The program provides an understanding of sustainability — a unifying approach to human and environmental problems. Sustainable businesses, communities, and other organizations seek to design systems in ways that optimize material and energy use to decrease environmental and health problems and to bolster economic vitality and social equity. A growing number of scholars are framing problems and solutions in the language of sustainability, which balances growth and development with justice and environmental stewardship, in order to meet today’s needs without undermining the ability of future generations to do the same.


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

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

The minor is designed for students wishing to remain in another discipline but having an interest in the environment as an area of application. Students in the minor in environmental science and studies must take two core courses designed as gateway courses in the scientific and societal dimensions of environmental issues and problems and in the tools for their solution; in addition, the minor requires three ENEC courses, with at least one at the 400 level or higher.


The website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
Minor in Urban Studies and Planning

A brief description of the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):

"Students are required to take two core courses: PLAN 246 and 247.
PLAN 246/247 is a sequence of courses that introduces students to the structure and function of cities and ways planners solve urban problems. Please check Connect Carolina for a up to date listing on when these courses are offered.

PLAN 246 Cities of the Future
PLAN 247 Solving Urban Problems

In addition to the core curriculum in the Minor, students choose three additional planning courses. Students can select any other planning course with permission of the instructor after completing PLAN 246/247. These courses enable students to develop knowledge in a planning specialization, such as land-use/environmental planning or transportation planning; or, students may use this opportunity to develop a better understanding of cross-cutting planning issues, such as planning ethics or international issues. Some courses that are routinely available to undergraduates are listed below. Instructor permission is required where specified.

300 - 600 level Courses (* is with instructor permission)

PLAN 260/PLCY 73 Urban Policy
PLAN 267 267 Ethical Bases of Public Policy Decision-Making
PLAN 317 Introduction to Site Planning and Urban Design
PLAN 326/PLCY 326 Social Ventures
PLAN 330/ENST 330 Principles of Sustainability
PLAN 420/ENST 420 Green Architecture & Community Design
PLAN 428/GEOG 428 Cities in a globalizing World
PLAN 491/GEOG 491 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
PLAN 591 Advanced Geographic Information Systems (*)
PLAN 547 Energy, Transportation & Land Use
PLAN 575 Real Estate Development
PLAN 585/PLCY 585/ENVR 585/ ENST 585 Environmental Management and Policy (*)
PLAN 636 Urban Transportation Planning
PLAN 637 Public Transportation (*)
PLAN 638 Pedestrian and Bike Transportation (*)
PLAN 641 Ecology and Land Use Planning (*)
PLAN 663 Diversity & Inequality in Cities (*)
PLAN 685/ENVR 685 Water Policy in Lesser Developed Countries (*)
700 level Courses (instructor permission is required)

PLAN 714 Urban Spatial Structure
PLAN 721 Advanced Planning Methods
PLAN 722 Systems Thinking and Modeling for Planners
PLAN 735/PUBA 735) Community Revitalization applied
PLAN 740 Land use and Environmental Policy
PLAN 741 Land use and Environmental Planning
PLAN 745 Development Impact Assessment
PLAN 755 Planning for Natural Hazards and Climate Change Adaption
PLAN 756 Survey of Natural Hazards and Disasters
PLAN 760 Real Estate & Affordable Housing
PLAN 761 Housing & Public Policy
PLAN 762 Central City Revitalization
PLAN 770 Economic Development Policy
PLAN 771 Development Planning Techniques
PLAN 773 Urban & Regional Development Seminar
PLAN 774 Planning for Jobs
PLAN 787/PUBA 787) Applied Environmental Finance: How to Pay for Environmental Services"


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The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused undergraduate minors, concentrations and certificates:
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