Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.18
Liaison Phil Valko
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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Washington University in St. Louis
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Cassandra Hage
Sustainability Manager
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:
Bachelor of Science in Sustainability

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

The Bachelor of Science in Sustainability provides an interdisciplinary approach to understanding and resolving today’s most pressing and complex environmental, economic, and social challenges. The program is built on a foundation of Arts & Sciences courses that examine sustainable living from multiple perspectives--scientific, political, economic, social, historical, philosophical, anthropological, and literary. Grounded in this integrative approach and common understanding of the issues, students then choose one of three concentrations for greater in-depth study of sustainability: 1) Sustainable Environment and Science, for primary focus on environmental sciences, natural resources, and energy; 2) Sustainable Management and Organizations, for primary focus on sustainable business strategies and the triple bottom line—economic, social, environmental; and 3) Sustainable Communities and Development, for primary focus on designing and managing sustainable spaces in our cities and communities. The three concentrations include selected courses from Arts & Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Architecture. The overarching goal of the Bachelor of Science in Sustainability is to provide students with knowledge and methods about sustainability, local to global, and to help improve the quality of individual lives, the productivity of institutions, and the security of our planet.


The website URL for the undergraduate degree program:
Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Energy, Environment and Chemical Engineering

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

The Department of Energy, Environment and Chemical Engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science at WUSTL was the first of its kind in the country when it was created in 2006. The department brings together faculty involved in interdisciplinary environment engineering science and chemical engineering to focus on contributing to solutions for the energy and environmental challenges around the world. It continues to build upon cooperation among many different facets of the university to bring a truly interdisciplinary approach to advancing basic science. With integrated and multidisciplinary programs of scientific education as well as a tradition of lifelong learning, the department plays an integral role in WUSTL’s initiatives to address global challenges.


The website URL for the undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
Environmental Studies: Environmental Biology/Environmental Earth Science/Environmental Policy

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

Washington University offers undergraduate students a variety of opportunities to undertake a major or minor in environmental studies. We offer three majors in the School of Arts and Sciences: Environmental Biology, Environmental Earth Science, Environmental Policy. These majors each have a different disciplinary focus, but also expose students to interdisciplinary problem solving in environmental studies, taking advantage of faculty expertise in anthropology, biology, economics, earth and planetary sciences, political science, and engineering. In addition to these three majors, Anthropology majors can choose a track within the major focused on global health and the environment. Undergraduates can cap off their environmental studies with the many research opportunities that are both on and off campus.


The website URL for the undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program(s):

A.B. MAJOR IN ANTHROPOLOGY: GLOBAL HLTH ENVIRONMNT
MINOR IN ANTHROPOLOGY: GLOBAL HLTH AND ENVIRONMENT
SECOND MAJOR IN ANTHROPOLOGY: GLOBAL HLTH ENVIRON
http://anthropology.artsci.wustl.edu/global-health-and-environment-track

MINOR IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
http://enst.wustl.edu/programs/minor

A.B. MAJOR IN INTL & AREA STUDIES /SUSTAINABLE DEV
2ND MAJOR IN INTL & AREA STUDIES / SUSTAINABLE DEV
http://ias.wustl.edu/development


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:
Certificate in Sustainable Communities and Development

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

Sustainable communities are planned, built, and modified to promote a quality of life that is ecologically responsible and inclusive to foster the creative use of our physical and cultural resources. The Certificate in Sustainable Communities and Development, designed primarily for professionals in architecture, planning, law, government and development, offers knowledge and methods to design and develop sustainable places and spaces within our community. Grounded in a comprehensive understanding of the ecological, political, and social context of the subject, the program also offers students a set of specific practical skills with which to plan sustainable communities. The scientific, political, economic, and social implications of sustainable development and design are addressed in the core and elective courses. A studio-based capstone experience addresses the collaborative and integrative nature of sustainability development. The program includes 21 units of undergraduate course work, 18 in required courses and 3 in electives.


The website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Certificate in Sustainable Environment and Science

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

The Certificate in Sustainable Environment and Science provides an interdisciplinary approach to understanding and resolving today’s most pressing and complex environmental and ecological challenges. The program includes foundation courses that examine sustainable living from multiple perspectives, as well as more targeted courses that focus on environmental sciences, natural resources, and energy. The program includes 21 units of undergraduate course work, 9 units in required courses and 12 units in electives.


The website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
Certificate in Sustainable Management and Organizations

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

The Certificate in Sustainable Management and Organizations provides an interdisciplinary approach to understanding and resolving today’s most pressing and complex business and organizational challenges. The program includes foundation courses that examine sustainable living from multiple perspectives, as well as more targeted courses that focus on sustainable business, management, and leadership strategies, including the triple bottom line—economic, social, and environmental. The program includes 21 units of undergraduate course work, 9 units in required courses and 12 units in electives.


The website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused undergraduate minors, concentrations and certificates:

MINOR IN ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCES: http://eps.wustl.edu/Environmental%20Earth%20Sciences%20(minor)

MINOR IN ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING SCIENCE
http://eece.wustl.edu/Research/Pages/EnvEngSci.aspx

MINOR IN ENERGY ENGINEERING
http://bulletin.wustl.edu/engineering/energy-environmental-chemical/

MINOR IN BUSINESS OF SOCIAL IMPACT
https://olin.wustl.edu/docs/BSBA/BSBA-Minor-Business-Social-Impact.pdf

RENEWABLE ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT (CERTIFICATE)
https://parc.wustl.edu/certificate


Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Full undergraduate:
Academic Programs
o Biology – Ecology, Evolution, and Population Biology (both)
o Business of Social Impact (minor only)
o Chemical Engineering (undergrad only)
o Electrical Engineering (both)
o Entrepreneurship (undergrad only)
o Environmental Biology (undergrad only)
o Environmental Earth Sciences (undergrad only)
o Energy Engineering (minor only)
o Environmental Engineering (minor only)
o Environmental Policy (undergrad only)
o Global Health & the Environment (undergraduate only)
o Mechanical Engineering (both)
o Systems Science and Engineering (both)
o Sustainability (undergrad only)
o Sustainable Environment and Science (certificate only)
o Sustainable Management and Organizations (certificate only)
o Sustainable Communities and Development (certificate only)
o Renewable Energy and the Environment (certificate only)

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