Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.98
Liaison Jay Price
Submission Date March 6, 2020
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University of Tennessee at Knoxville
AC-4: Graduate Program

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Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Jay Price
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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:
Natural Resources Doctoral Major (PhD)

A brief description of the graduate-level degree program:

The doctoral program with a major in natural resources emphasizes interdisciplinary research approaches toward the understanding and management of natural resources in a broad context. Areas of study include forest, wildlife, and fisheries biology; ecosystem function and structure; natural resource economics and policy; human dimensions of natural resource management; wildland recreation; natural resource organization administration and management; wood sciences; and multidisciplinary natural resources management. Optional, formal concentrations include Bio-based Products and Wood Science and Technology, Natural Resource Economics, and Wildlife Health.


The website URL for the graduate-level degree program:
Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (2nd program):
Environmental and Soil Sciences Major (MS)

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

Students seeking the Master of Science degree with a major in environmental and soil sciences will generally concentrate their studies in one of the environmental and soil sciences focus areas. The focus areas include soil and water chemistry; nutrient and elemental cycling; land management and reclamation; penology, genesis, and classification; environmental climatology; soil biology and biochemistry; and soil physical processes. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available. For additional information, see the environmental and soil sciences master's concentration homepage http://bioengr.ag.utk.edu/gradStudies/ or contact the environmental and soil sciences program's graduate program director.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (3rd program):
Plant, Soil, and Environmental Sciences Major (BESS) PhD

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

A doctorate with a major in plant, soil, and environmental sciences and a concentration in environmental and soil sciences is offered under a multi-departmental doctoral program. Two departments participate – Plant Sciences and the soils faculty in Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science. Other concentrations within the plant, soil, and environmental sciences doctoral program include crop sciences, horticulture, plant breeding, plant molecular genetics, and weed science. Focus areas in the environmental and soil sciences concentration include soil and water chemistry; nutrient management; penology, genesis and classification; environmental climatology; soil biology and biochemistry; and soil physical processes. See the environmental and soil sciences doctoral concentration home page for additional information, http://bioengr.ag.utk.edu/gradStudies/grad_ESS.asp, or contact a faculty member in the area of interest.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused graduate-level degree programs:

Plant, Soil, and Environmental Sciences Major (PS) PhD with five available concentrations http://catalog.utk.edu/mime/media/view/23/2906/2017-18_Majors_Degrees_Certificates_Chart_for_Acalog.pdf
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology: https://eeb.utk.edu/graduate-studies/; Civil and Environmental Engineering: https://cee.utk.edu/graduate-programs/degrees/civil-engineering-ms/


Does the institution offer one or more graduate-level sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates?:
Yes

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

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

The program is designed to give master’s and doctoral level graduate students an opportunity to develop an interdisciplinary specialization in environmental policy. While administered through the Political Science Department, the program is coordinated by a committee of representatives from the following participating departments and programs – Agricultural Economics; Civil and Environmental Engineering; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Economics; Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries; Geography; Management; Political Science; and Sociology.


The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Sustainable Design Certificate

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

The College of Architecture and Design offers a Sustainable Design Graduate Certificate incorporating knowledge from a wide range of disciplines, ranging from technical to philosophical. This certificate explores the interrelation between decisions made when designing the built environment and their short-term and long-term impacts on the ecological environment. Students are asked to take responsibility for the role architecture plays in the consumption of natural resources, underscoring the need for interdisciplinary dialogue and leadership at building, site, city, and regional scales.


The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
Watershed Minor

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

Growing awareness of the complexity of water quantity and quality issues related to human activities leads to dealing with those issues on a watershed scale. This minor is for graduate students wishing to develop expanded skills in watershed science/engineering, planning and design, and culture and policy issues related to water. These skills are especially useful for careers in natural resource policy, water and land management, sustainable development and design for private industry, and stormwater management for government agencies. Successful completion of the watershed minor is documented on the transcript.


The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other graduate-level, sustainability-focused minors, concentrations and certificates:
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