Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.21
Liaison Gary Cocke
Submission Date Sept. 11, 2019
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The University of Texas at Dallas
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Gary Cocke
Associate Director for Sustainability and Energy Conservation
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 (I.e. an interdisciplinary academic program that concentrates on sustainability as an integrated concept)?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate degree program:
Public Policy B.S

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

The Public Policy program is an interdisciplinary academic program, drawing upon the insights of political science, economics, research methods and statistics and other related fields, to help students take on problem resolution in climate change, poverty and healthcare. The coursework provides the basis to analyze economic political issues, knowledge of organizations and how to lead them, and the foundations of policy making and implementation.


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Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Interdisciplinary Studies (Environmental Studies Concentration)

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

The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in interdisciplinary studies degree programs emphasize a broad learning experience and a wider perspective than that provided by traditional undergraduate majors. Designed to offer students the opportunity to participate in an interdisciplinary, academically sound and goal-oriented educational program directly relevant to the student’s intellectual development and career aspirations.


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Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
Geography/ Geospatial Information Sciences

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

UT Dallas offers three-degree options to its geography majors: a general B.A. degree, a B.A. with certification in Geographic Information System (GIS) technologies, and a B.A. with a concentration in Regional Development and International Studies.
Geography is the science of place and space and ask where things are located on the surface of the earth, why they are located where they are, how places differ from one another, and how people interact with the environment. It is inherently interdisciplinary and international, and has been revolutionized recently by new technologies such as geographic information systems, global positioning systems and remote sensing. Geography plays leading roles in such policy arenas as urban and transportation planning, area studies, regional and international development, risk analysis, and environmental management. Geography closes ties with many others including urban and regional economists, sociologists and planners, as well as with those who study international trade and economic growth. Geographers who explore environmental relationships become skilled in earth science (for example, geomorphology or climatology) or become leaders in the development of cultural ecology, linking closely with anthropology and archaeology. And they increasingly contribute their technological skills in geographic information systems, remote sensing and spatial analysis.


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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:
Environmental Studies Minor

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

This minor will provide students from all majors with a better understanding of environmental issues and the skills to analyze future environmental problems. The name "Environmental Studies" reflects the goal of this interdisciplinary minor to encourage students to learn to view environmental issues from scientific, economic, political, and social standpoints. The 18 semester credit hours of the Environmental Sciences minor enable UT Dallas students to develop expertise in this important area. The framework provides all students with a policy and science perspective and allows students to tailor the minor, through choice of electives, to their individual goals. Students will be strongly encouraged to include an Environmental Studies Internship/Project (BIS 3310) in their minor though it may not be possible for all students.


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