Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.33
Liaison Brad Spanbauer
Submission Date Jan. 29, 2018
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University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Brian Kermath
Sustainability Director
Sustainability Office
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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:
Environmental Studies

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

Our program gives students a broad interdisciplinary liberal arts education in environmental issues that students combine with specialized study that fits their interests and goals. We stress engagement, with students and faculty active in a variety of efforts and applying academic learning to real world problems and possibilities.

Critical Thinking, Writing and Communication Skills
Students will be able to analyze representations of key concepts from environmental science, policy and values as they appear in mass media, society, literature, theory and/or empirical scholarship.
Students will be able to elucidate the key points of a complex article or research work in environmental studies, and to critique the theoretical framework, methodology and findings of that study.
Students will be able to appreciate the societal (social, political, economic, cultural and/or ethical) variables that contribute to environmental degradation and to consider critical thought and responsive activism toward resolving environmental problems.
Students will be able to demonstrate ability to effectively present research to professional and lay audiences in written and oral form.

Understanding the Content and Context of ES
Students will be able to appreciate the history and key concepts of environmental studies as a field linking disciplines together and tying scholarship to activism and the resolution of environmental problems.
Students will be able to understand the relationship between environmental studies research and field/application settings, and to document and reflect on one's individual fieldwork and/or civic engagement as related to environmental studies concepts and goals.

Research Skills
Students will be able to access and assess a complex literature base on a specific environmental studies topic, and to evaluate the usefulness and limitations of individual sources for that specific topic.
Students will be able to design and complete a research project that illuminates an environmental studies topic in a fresh way and includes original interpretation of data collected.


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Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Environmental Engineering Technology

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

Graduates are prepared to work in a number of industries both in and outside of manufacturing, such as in industrial waste treatment, water and wastewater management, agribusiness, environmental consulting, ecological evaluations and biotechnology sectors. Engineering technology program students can gain research experience at UWO through the Environmental Research and Innovation Center (ERIC), the physics department, and the UW Oshkosh biodigester.


The website URL for the undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
Geography & Urban Planning

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

Geography and urban planning enable us to better understand the interaction between global forces and local places. The skills and knowledge that students in geography and urban planning acquire are practical and valued both at the global scale and at the local scale.

These fields are provide a window into a world made smaller by advances in telecommunications and transportation technology, by the integrated operations of multinational corporations(such as Intel and Toyota), by the threat of international terrorism and by environmental hazards (such as global warming or climate change).

Our graduates acquire a broad knowledge base, allowing them to provide insight into the complexity of the Middle East, or helping a grocery retailer decide where to put another store. UW Oshkosh Geography and Urban Planning graduates design models of global climate change, as well as help design a plan to minimize the negative impact of a new highway upon nearby wetlands.

The mission of the department of Geography and Urban Planning is to provide students with an understanding of the elements that influence the social and physical environment at both the local and global scale.

We see our role as equipping students with the knowledge to deal with the challenges of a rapidly changing world by teaching them critical thinking and problem solving skills. We seek to advance knowledge through research and to share this knowledge with our students, our colleagues and the broader community.


The website URL for the undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
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, concentrations or certificates for undergraduate students?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Sustainable Management minor

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

The minor in sustainable management aims to give you (in your life as citizens, consumers, future managers and leaders) an understanding of the holistic and systemic aspects of environmental, social and economic issues (the Triple Bottom Line or TBL). We will also provide you with concrete elements of management intended to develop and spread innovative, ambitious and realistic strategies within organizations while utilizing whatever your major course of study is.

The main objectives of the minor are:
to develop the understanding of the economic, environmental and social issues;
to contribute to understanding the issues of sustainable development for the strategic development of a company;
to provide appropriate understanding of the tools necessary for the development of a strategy of sustainable development and of its daily implementation within the company;
to underline the progress made and opportunities that exist in terms of environmental, social innovation and clean technologies;
to stimulate student’s critical thinking about their role as individuals, consumers and future managers in the context of sustainable development


The website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Social Justice

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

The Social Justice Minor gives students an opportunity to develop a secondary field of knowledge and expertise that will enable them to critically examine the values that constitute social justice in theory and practice, understand the principles of effective social activism, and formulate and evaluate policies that seek to address issues such as racism, violence, literacy, human rights, gender equity, gender expression, poverty, hunger, and conservation of the environment.


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

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

Our program gives students a broad interdisciplinary liberal arts education in environmental issues that students combine with specialized study that fits their interests and goals. We stress engagement, with students and faculty active in a variety of efforts and applying academic learning to real world problems and possibilities.
We are also a community that seeks to foster a deep appreciation of nature and active engagement in conserving the earth and solving environmental problems. Students not only gain knowledge and skills but also develop their own ethic of sustainability that motivates them to care for the natural world and work for its well-being.


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