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Submission Date May 18, 2017
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University of Oregon
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Sonya Carlson
Graduate Fellow
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?:
Yes

The name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (1st program):
Environmental Studies/Science Major

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program (1st program):

"Environmental Studies Major/Minor (ENVS)

The Environmental Studies degree, while providing a foundation in the natural sciences, focuses in particular on the social sciences, policy studies, environmental design, and the humanities. This major prepares students for careers in the non-profit sector, government agencies, environmental planning, sustainability advising, green business, environmental education, environmental journalism, and related areas. Many of our alumni pursue degrees in environmental law or graduate degrees in environment-related fields.

Environmental Science Major (ESCI)

The Environmental Science degree emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to the natural sciences, including biology, geology, chemistry, data analysis, and physical geography. It is designed for students who want to focus on scientific careers in fields such as pollution abatement, water resources, ecosystem protection, environmental restoration, and environmental management. Graduates of this major hold positions in government agencies, the non-profit sector, and private business, and many pursue further education in environmental science fields."


The website URL for the undergraduate degree program (1st program):
The name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Landscape Architecture

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

"Students take interdisciplinary courses that apply both art and science in the making of sustainable landscapes.

The curriculum is a combination of required and elective courses and field study experiences. The program provides required and optional sequences in design studios, ecology, plants and planting design theory, landscape technologies, professional practice, landscape planning and analysis, urban planning and design, landscape media, and the history, literature and theory of landscape architecture. There are also courses available in allied disciplines including architecture, planning, environmental studies, geography, and the fine arts. As students reach upper division courses, they may choose to pursue minors outside of the department."


The website URL for the undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
The name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
Planning, Public Policy and Management

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

"Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management (PPPM) offers an undergraduate major for students interested in public or nonprofit careers who seek to make a difference in their communities. Our approach is action-oriented, interdisciplinary, and focused on solving real-world problems. The size of the program is limited to create an environment that offers close student-faculty collaboration. Academic coursework and learning opportunities such as internships and field programs create a hands-on educational climate that is both exciting and challenging.

A degree with a major in planning, public policy and management (B.A. or B.S.) provides a sound basis for graduate study in fields such as urban planning, public policy, public management, business, law, journalism, public health and social welfare. In addition, graduates are prepared for entry-level positions in public service, and nonprofit and private firms that address issues allied to planning, public policy and public management."


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

The name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (1st program):
Ecological Design Certificate

A brief description of the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (1st program):

"The Ecological Design Certificate is a design-based, interdisciplinary program focused on the development of a practical framework for the integration of the built environment with locale and region specific natural systems. It is available to all graduate students within the School of Architecture and Allied Arts. Participating students are challenged to develop an in-depth understanding of the relationships between ecological processes, issues of cultural and social sustainability, and urban development and form, as well as how allied design and planning disciplines approach these relationships. Students will acquire a theoretical and pragmatic basis to carry these understandings into the world of practice.

The School of Architecture and Allied Arts at the University of Oregon has a national reputation as a leader in sustainable and ecologically sensitive design. The Ecological Design Certificate Program provides an explicit curricular structure in this area, encouraging students to develop a holistic, ecologically-based design awareness, solidifying the commitment of the University to ecological design, and promoting and upholding its capacity for leadership in the field."


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):
Environmental Studies

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

"Environmental studies is a field of study that crosses the boundaries of traditional disciplines (including the sciences, social sciences, and humanities as well as management, policy, design, and law), challenging faculty and students to look at the relationship between humans and their environment from a new perspective.

Environmental Studies majors have considerable latitude in designing a course of study that combines theory and practice, that invites active involvement, and that fits their specific interests, needs, and aptitudes. The Environmental Studies major provides a well-rounded basic education to prepare students for entry-level positions in business, government, or non-governmental organizations."


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):
Planning, Public Policy and Management

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

The PPPM minor provides a professional or applied context for the student's major discipline, allowing students in other majors to supplement learning in their major field with an overview of public sector issues, and the development of public sector professional skills. Through the PPPM minor, students can enhance their undergraduate education to include special preparation for a variety of professional occupations and areas of graduate study. Students in the minor are introduced to a broad overview of issues in urban and regional planning, public policy and public management, and nonprofit management. Through their selection of elective courses, students in the PPPM minor can also develop expertise in a special interest area ranging from social and health policy to land use planning to public management.


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:

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