Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.72
Liaison Alex Frank
Submission Date Aug. 1, 2019
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University of Wisconsin-Madison
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Alex Frank
Sustainability Analyst
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:
Forest Science (B.S.)

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

The B.S. in Forest Science is offered by the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

The Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology trains foresters to sustainably manage forests toward sustainable ecological, social, and economic outcomes. Forest science students also learn how to respond to forest disturbances from insects, diseases, fire, and other changes. Beyond a core of basic science and forestry coursework, students have flexibility to customize their learning experience within one of three tracks: forest conservation, forests and the environment, and forest management.


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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:
Sustainability (Certificate)

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

The undergraduate Sustainability Certificate (12 credits) is offered by the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.

The Sustainability Certificate is designed to ensure that each student develops literacy in the environmental, social, and economic dimensions of sustainability, as well in systems thinking. Students in this program learn to:
- Identify, critically analyze, and propose solutions to the environmental, social, and economic dimensions of sustainability;
- Engage in systems thinking and practice so as to address the interrelationships among the three dimensions of sustainability; and
- Develop the capacity for an engaged life in which theory, practice, and reflection are integrated in the pursuit of a more sustainable world.


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Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Engineering for Energy Sustainability (Certificate)

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

The undergraduate Engineering for Energy Sustainability Certificate (16 credits) is offered by the College of Engineering.

The Engineering for Energy Sustainability Certificate offers undergraduate students a suite of courses addressing energy sustainability. These courses span the engineering curriculum, with firm roots in real-world design and engineering practices. Students learn how to synthesize knowledge of the technical and physical aspects of energy with the social and environmental factors to analyze the sustainability of energy systems.


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Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
Food Systems (Certificate)

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

The undergraduate Food Systems Certificate (16 credit) is offered by the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

The Food Systems Certificate assembles an interdisciplinary curriculum, integrating different paradigms across all aspects of food production, distribution, and consumption, along with the context and values inherent to the systems.

For students in food or agriculture-related majors, the program will provide a broader context to their disciplinary studies. For students in fields that include food as a possible orientation of their studies, it will provide exposure to the full range of food systems, potentially inspiring an orientation to food as a focus of their studies. For students of any discipline, the certificate will help students be more informed consumers and citizens, hopefully leading to better choices about what they eat and the social, economic, and environmental outcomes of different patterns of production, processing, distribution, and consumption.


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