Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.44
Liaison Bradley Flamm
Submission Date March 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

West Chester University of Pennsylvania
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Bradley Flamm
Director of Sustainability
Office of the President
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Does the institution offer at least one ​sustainability-focused​ major, degree, or certificate program for undergraduate students?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate degree program:
Bachelor of Science (BS) in Urban and Environmental Planning

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

The BS Urban and Environmental Planning program (offered starting in the Fall semester of 2016) is designed to prepare graduates to work as professional planners, geographic information systems (GIS) analysts, and environmental specialists and in related fields. The program will ensure students are trained with cutting-edge geospatial technologies and with a deep knowledge of local and regional sustainability concerns.

The program is unique due to the full integration of geospatial technologies and sustainability throughout the curriculum. Geospatial technologies have been rapidly expanding and evolving in recent years. An abundance of spatially-oriented information is emerging from aerial photography, satellite remote sensing, image processing, global positioning systems (GPS), and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Geospatial technologies permeate all layers of society with GPS-enabled smartphones, to real-time traffic maps, to increasingly more sophisticated data availability from satellites and other remote sensing sources.

The focus on sustainability will result in a curriculum that incorporates more solutions to some of our greatest contemporary challenges, such as uncovering solutions and adaptations to global climate change. Considering the multiple components of sustainability, the program offers the integration of economic development, environmental protection, social priorities and place-based problem solving.

Graduates of the program will be prepared to work in the public, not-for-profit, and public sectors. Whether planners, environmental specialists or GIS analysts, the program provides future practitioners with the knowledge, technical skills, and values to enable them to become effective professionals.


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Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Bachelor of Science (BS) in Environmental Health

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

The Environmental Health Program at West Chester University prepares talented students for the technical and professional demands of careers dedicated to the protection of human health and the environment. At all levels, the program embraces the broad environmental ethic of sustainability through human cooperation with nature, including basic rights to a safe home and workplace; clean water supplies for human consumption, recreation and wildlife; safe and available food supply; waste and energy management; and careful resource management for the future. Graduates of the program who earn the B.S. degree become entry level Environmental Health Scientists who work to improve the quality of air, water, soil and food using technology to measure and control pollutants, indoors and outdoors. B.S. graduates are widely employed by private industry, environmental consulting firms, regulatory agencies, hospitals and public utilities.


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Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
Bachelor of Science (BS) in Geography: Environmental Track

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

The B.S. in Geography at West Chester University prepares students for a variety of career choices in geo-spatial technologies, planning, environmental professions, and land use and development in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Our program places a heavy emphasis on GIS technologies and quantitative analyses as well as communication and problem-solving skills. The Geography major is housed within the College of Business and Public Management, which is focused on academic innovation, globalization, sustainability, and community partnerships.
Environmental Geography: This track encourages environmental awareness; promotes research and service that fosters regional and global sustainability. Courses include conversation and sustainability, environmental crises, and an introduction to geographic information systems.


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Does the institution offer one or more sustainability-focused minors or concentrations for undergraduate students?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor or concentration:
Undergraduate Certificate Program for Education in Sustainability

A brief description of the undergraduate minor or concentration:

The 12-credit undergraduate certificate program in Education For Sustainability (EFS) is designed for undergraduates and post-baccalaureate students who want to develop their understanding of sustainability and apply their learning on campus, at home, and in their future careers. The program consists of four courses that provide the perspective, experiences, and practical methods needed to immediately put your learning into practice.


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Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor or concentration (2nd program):
Interdisciplinary Minor in Sustainability & Resilience

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

The Sustainable Food Systems Management concentration emphasizes ecological approaches and systems-based thinking for students to develop understanding of local, regional, and international food systems. Students are prepared for positions in food management and careers focused on sustainable food systems in businesses, healthcare, and community-based organizations.


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Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor or concentration (3rd program):
Minor in Applied Community and Environmental Sustainability (ACES)

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

This minor program draws from class options across the campus – all fields, majors, and departments – to address the environmental, humanitarian, and economic crises facing us through classroom and applied projects. The required classes give you foundational skills and then allow you to pull all of your knowledge together in practical, applied projects in a capstone course. This minor will give you the broad, interdisciplinary knowledge, leadership dispositions, and practical tools you will need to confront the complex problems of your futures.


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Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data Provided by: Cheryl Wanko, English Department, (cwanko@wcupa.edu) for AC2
Data Entry: Lois Howell, 17-Dec-21

Additional sustainability programs found https://catalog.wcupa.edu/general-information/index-course-prefix-guide/program-index/

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