Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.24
Liaison Rob Andrejewski
Submission Date March 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Richmond
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Rob Andrejewski
Director of Sustainability
Office for Sustainability
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Does the institution offer at least one ​sustainability-focused​ major, degree, or certificate program for undergraduate students?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate degree program:
Environmental Studies

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

The Environmental Studies Program offers students the opportunity to study how humans should relate to the natural world, a subject that has become increasingly relevant as more people begin paying attention to the Earth’s limited resources and our own impact on those resources. Environmental Studies focuses on the interactions among physical, chemical and biological components of the environment. Students take many courses in the natural sciences, as well as courses in the social sciences and humanities. The courses are designed to expand students' knowledge and awareness of environmental problems, so that graduates may recommend practical public policies and environmental standards to address issues such as climate change, conservation, biodiversity, pollution, natural resource usage, waste management and sustainable development. To receive a Bachelor of Arts, the major requires a five course core in environmental studies, a course in environmental life science, a course in physical environmental science, an introductory statistics course, an environmental research methods course, and three environmental studies electives - one of which must be an experiential learning course. The same requirements apply for Environmental Studies Bachelor of Science degree with additional requirements of Calculus II or Introduction to Data Science, and two units in biology, chemistry, or physics at or above the 300 level.


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Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Department of Geography and the Environment

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

Geography and the Environment cultivates informed and engaged global citizens through an emphasis on integrative problem solving, geospatial technology, spatial theory, and communication skills. The Geography major addresses important issues like global climate change, industrialization, globalization, resource management, agricultural change, urbanization, land use, deforestation and hydrology. This department bridges the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities to provide a better understanding of the earth's cultural and biological diversity. The major includes four core courses in geography, Introduction to Statistical Modeling, and four electives from the Geography and the Environment Department, which must include an approved experiential learning component (internship, field work, study abroad).


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Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
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A brief description of the undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
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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 or concentrations for undergraduate students?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor or concentration:
Environmental Science Concentration

A brief description of the undergraduate minor or concentration:

Environmental Studies majors can elect to concentrate in Environmental Science, which adds three science courses to the major, as chosen by the student from a list. The list includes course from the fields of biology, chemistry, and geography.


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Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor or concentration (2nd program):
Environment and Society Concentration

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

Environmental Studies majors can elect to concentrate in Environment and Society, which adds three courses to the major, as chosen by the student from a list. The list includes courses from the fields of economics, geography, history, journalism, management, and political science.


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Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor or concentration (3rd program):
Environmental Studies Minor

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

Six courses including Introduction to Environmental Studies, Topics in Environmental Ethics, Environmental Economics or Environmental Law and Policy, one environmental life science course, one physical environmental science course, and one elective in environmental studies.


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