Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.43
Liaison Wesley Enterline
Submission Date Nov. 13, 2018
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University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Jonah Ralston
Faculty Sustainability Fellow
Political Science
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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 Science Major

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary program that teaches students to understand contemporary environmental problems and recognize potential solutions in a holistic way through broad training in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Students select a specialty area and take a majority of courses from one of three emphases - Natural Sciences, Geosciences, or Environmental Resource Management - but also take courses from each of the other areas to ensure an appropriate amount of breadth within the major. Students are also required to select a technical specialty that will provide them with at least one specialized skill area that is crucial for today's environmental scientists. The interdisciplinary nature of this major is also emphasized within a common core of required courses, including introductory and capstone courses that are team-taught by faculty from a wide range of disciplines represented in the major.


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Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Integrated Science-Business Water Emphasis Major

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

The Integrated Science-Business Major (ISBM) combines the disciplines of science and business into an interdisciplinary program. The ISBM provides a strong foundation in the sciences (32 credits) as well as a basic background in business (33 credits). At the end of the program, three capstone courses serve to link the science and business knowledge and prepare students for subsequent employment. ISBM graduates know more about business and management issues than a typical science or engineering graduate, and have a broader understanding of science and technology than most business majors. Students completing the Integrated Science-Business major have the option to add a Water Emphasis. Water scarcity, pollution, climate change, and other problematic global water trends pose major challenges to businesses. The water emphasis prepares students for a variety of careers, including those in Environmental Science, Compliance, Water Research, Business Operations, Water Technology, and Sustainability.


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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 interdisciplinary minor combines information from a wide range of courses, all of which focus on some aspect of environmental studies. Participating departments and programs include Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Economics, Geography and Geology, History, Languages and Literatures, Mathematics, Safety Studies, and Sociology. Upon completion, the student will have gained knowledge about many aspects of present-day environmental issues including 1) the natural processes of environmental systems, 2) the social and economic influences on the environment and the regulatory controls enacted to protect both the environment and human health, and 3) the techniques currently being used to study environmental problems. The minor, in combination with their selected major, is suitable to prepare students for possible careers related to the study of the environment or future graduate study.


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

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

Students pursuing this certificate are required to take a course in Sustainability Management and a course in Global Environmental Challenges. They then choose a course from Group A - Scientific Foundation, a course from Group B - Social and Political Foundation, and a course from Group C - Environmental Management. The final requirement for the certificate is an Experiential Sustainability Project.


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