Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.50
Liaison Amy Kadrie
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2019
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University of Rochester
AC-4: Graduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
3.00 / 3.00 Karen Berger
Ph.D.
Earth and Environmental Sciences
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for graduate students (I.e. an interdisciplinary academic program that concentrates on sustainability as an integrated concept)?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused graduate-level degree program:
Alternative Energy MS

A brief description of the graduate-level degree program:

Humankind increasingly demands efficient, reliable and renewable energy supplies. The objective of this M.S. Alternative Energy degree program is to educate and prepare students to enter green technology fields involving sustainable energy generation, distribution and consumption. Students are exposed to a range of technologies including solar cells, wind, biofuels, fuel cells and batteries. The curriculum includes opportunities to design energy devices and systems, develop computer and data science skills, model and predict energy markets, network with alumni & students, and to perform research supervised by chemical engineering faculty.


The website URL for the graduate-level degree program:
Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (2nd program):
Earth and Environmental Science PhD.

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

Research in the department is a healthy blend of field-oriented studies, laboratory research and theoretical approaches. Field research projects range from local problems in Appalachian geology, to problems in the Cordilleran mountain chain, and to areas as far a field as India, the high Arctic and South America. Typically, research projects are funded by the National Science Foundation or similar agencies. Laboratory research is done both within the University, and on cooperative projects at other universities or at the U.S. Geological Survey. The section on research provides an overview of current and recent research projects. PhD students are expected to spend 3 to 5 semesters in intensive coursework (both within the department and in other departments) before taking their qualifying examinations. They are encouraged to start research as early as possible, and are expected to spend all their time on research after having passed the qualifying exams. An integral part of the education is the involvement of graduate students in undergraduate teaching in the early years at the University of Rochester.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (3rd program):
Earth and Environmental Science M.S.

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

The department has a MS program, which also emphasizes the involvement in research projects. Typically, students joining the MS program do course work during the first year and complete MS research and thesis in their second year.


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Does the institution offer one or more graduate-level sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates?:
No

Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate:
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