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University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

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Complete 7.75 / 8.00 Claire Gorman
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Total number of graduates from degree programs (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, certificates, and other academic designations):

Number of students that graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:

Percentage of students who graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:

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Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the institution level (e.g. covering all students)?:

Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the division level (e.g. covering particular schools or colleges within the institution)?:

A list or brief description of the institution level or division level sustainability learning outcomes:

The General Education Program (GEP) seeks to develop qualities of global citizenship in four distinct ways. After completing the general education curriculum, students will:
•Demonstrate critical thinking, quantitative, and communication skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing global society.
•Demonstrate broad knowledge of the physical, social, and cultural worlds as well as the methods by which this knowledge is produced.
•Recognize that responsible global citizenship involves personal accountability, social equity, and environmental sustainability.
•Apply their knowledge and skills, working in interdisciplinary ways to solve problems.

The Cultural and Environmental Awareness level of the GEP structure includes the following requirements:
U.S. Diversity:
- Describe the various dimensions of diversity and marginalization within the United States.
- Explain the means by which one or more persistently marginalized groups in the U.S. have negotiated the conditions of their marginalization.
Global Awareness:
- Identify and explain various components of a culture that is distinct from those found within the United States.
- Analyze how cultural similarities and differences are negotiated in ways that help shape the modern world.
Environmental Responsibility:
- Recognize areas of interaction between human society and the natural environment.
- Identify the individual, social, cultural, and ecological factors that influence environmental sustainability.
- Evaluate competing scientific claims that inform environmental debates.

Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the program level (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, degrees, diplomas, certificates, and other academic designations)?:

A list or brief description of the program level sustainability learning outcomes (or a list of sustainability-focused programs):

Sustainable Food and Nutrition, B.A.
Responding to the needs of our community, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point launched a new sustainable food and nutrition major, starting fall 2016. Share your passion for food and address the nutrition needs of a community by building the pathways that support low impact food systems while enhancing health and wellness now and in the future. ​In addition to a foundation in food, health and sustainability, you will build critical thinking, applied problem solving and communication skills through interdisciplinary experiences in community agencies dedicated to local economic development, sustainable food systems and health promotion across the lifespan.

If you love the woods and you’re interested in sustainable management, you will feel at home in the forestry discipline at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Our students select from the following major options:
•ecosystem restoration and management, suitable for students who would like to work to repair degraded systems or manage land for multiple values based on ecological criteria;
•forest management, training students for careers related to managing publicly owned forestland and serving private landowners;
•forest recreation, relating to careers focused on managing the public’s use of forestland, visitor services and public land administration; and
•urban forestry, providing training for careers in urban, municipal or community forestry and landscape, and nursery- or vegetation-management professions.
•wildland fire science, preparing you to handle the complex issues involved in fighting and preventing wildfires while understanding the natural role of fire and its prescribed use.

Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management:
Use problem-solving, decision-making and communication skills to address environmental problems through Human Dimensions of Resource Management at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. As a Resource Management major you will gain practical experience, learn outdoors and prepare for a career with major options in:
•environmental education and interpretation, preparing you to teach and inspire people to appreciate the natural environment. Jobs include: Educators at parks, museums and nature centers.
•wildlife education, preparing you to help people value and protect wildlife and their habitat. Jobs include: Educators at zoos, aquariums and rehabilitation centers.
•natural resource planning, developing your skills by customizing your training through three concentrations — land use, conservation and policy — to enhance understanding of planning and management challenges in natural resources. You will apply various tools and involve communities in discussions addressing environmental problems in diverse socioeconomic and ecological conditions. Our graduates include city and regional planners, land trust and advocacy staff, and sustainability coordinators.
•wildland fire science, preparing you to handle the complex issues involved in fighting and preventing wildfires while understanding the natural role of fire and its prescribed use.
•conservation law enforcement, training you for a career as a conservation warden, natural resources patrol officer, park ranger or forest patrol officer.
•general resource management, providing a broad-based foundation in natural resource management leading to a number of career paths in the public and private sector.
Your classes will provide foundational courses in natural resources such as forestry, soils, wildlife, water, fisheries, sustainability science and human relationships with natural resources. Students appreciate our program for its integrated curriculum, a summer field experience, hands-on experiences with service-learning projects, educational programming experiences, and professional development with internships and other career-preparation skills.

Soil and Waste Resources:
Find ways to improve the crops that feed the world. Develop better land-use plans for rural and urban areas. Enhance forests and inland waters critical to all. Manage our natural and man-made resources with efficiency. If these issues interest you, discover the Soil and Waste Resources discipline at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point to start building your career. As a Soil and Waste Resources student, you will choose from major options in:
•soil science, trains you to be a soil scientist, soil conservationist or agronomist through a strong science-based curriculum. A soil science minor is also available;
•soil and land management, provides you with skills in the techniques of tillage, nutrient management, water management and sustainable crop production while minimizing erosion and maintaining water quality; and
•waste management, prepares you for jobs at landfills, wastewater treatment facilities, recycling and composting centers, and hazardous waste sites.
A certificate in wetland science through the Society of Wetland Scientists is also available to College of Natural Resources majors who have completed a course of study that concentrates on the identification and management of wetlands.
These majors provide hands-on experiences in laboratory and field courses involving biology, chemistry, math, and communication.

Do course level sustainability learning outcomes contribute to the figure reported above (i.e. in the absence of program, division, or institution level learning outcomes)?:

A list or brief description of the course level sustainability learning outcomes and the programs for which the courses are required:

FN 346 Advanced Foods:
Investigate interplay between food composition, chemical and physical interactions in food preparation. Develop techniques for quantity food production with consideration of sustainable practices. Introduce menu planning variables and demonstrate menu planning for various populations.

FN 357 Ecology of Foods:
Introduction to ecology of food and food systems. Sociocultural, political and economic influence on food choices and their environmental consequences. Overview of alterations in human diet caused by global environmental changes including climate, toxic pollution, degradation of terrestrial and marine environments, loss of species and biodiversity. Role of rapidly growing human populations, their food choices and patterns of resource use. Policies for regulation, strategies for prevention, control of problems.

NRES 150 People, Resources, and the Biosphere:
Global resource and environmental problems from a historic, socioeconomic, and biological perspective.

NRES 220 Global Climate Change and Water Resources, 10th Century to Present:
Effects of global warming on world water resources. Climate change in the past millennium. Case studies including Africa, India, North and South America, China and Japan. How availability of water has shaped culture, agriculture, and diet. How past and present stressors to available water have been dealt with in different regions.

These courses are required for the Sustainable Food and Nutrition, B.A. undergraduate degree.

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