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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.01
Liaison Andrew Predmore
Submission Date March 2, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Indiana University Bloomington
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Sarah Mincey
Associate Director for the Integrated Program in the Environment
School of Public and Environmental Affairs
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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 Environmental Science (BSES)

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

The BSES is science-focused undergraduate degree that provides training for students interested in studying the environment and solving environmental problems. The BSES is a joint degree program between the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), which means that students have access to a large selection of courses on a wide range of environmental topics. More than 40 faculty and instructors across IU are involved in delivering the environmental science courses taken by BSES students.

The BSES curriculum provides an interdisciplinary approach to environmental problems, using knowledge and tools from many of the traditional sciences (e.g., biology, chemistry, geology, hydrology, mathematics, meteorology, or physics). At the same time, students are encouraged to think broadly about environmental problems, including the relationships between science, policy, and management. Students often pursue minors, certificates, or second degrees in disciplinary fields related to environmental science.


The website URL for the undergraduate degree program:
Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs, Environmental Management

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

The Environmental Management program is designed for students who are passionate about the environment, but also want a broader background in policy and law. Part of the Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs, students are well grounded in environmental science topics, while also studying management, risk assessment, environmental law, policy, and government finance with a wide-ranging approach. With an Environmental Management major, graduates are able to translate between the hard science and the policies and practices that governments, organizations, and businesses implement.


The website URL for the undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
Bachelor of Arts in Environmental and Sustainability Studies (BAESS)

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

The Bachelor of Arts in Environmental and Sustainability Studies (BAESS) gives students the opportunity to study sustainability, human-environment interactions, sustainable food systems, environmental ethics and more. Students will gain a broad overview of environmental sustainability problems and the tools needed to address these issues. This is a joint degree between SPEA and the College of Arts and Sciences— students can combine courses from SPEA and College departments, including Anthropology, Biology, Geography, Geology, Political Science, and more.

The major can be individualized to focus on one of five concentration areas: sustainable food systems, sustainable energy and resources, environmental ethics and justice, biodiversity and sustainability, or an individualized concentration.


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

Bachelor of Arts in Human-Environment Interaction
http://www.indiana.edu/~geog/research/hei.shtml

Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH), Environmental Health Major
http://bulletins.iu.edu/iub/phb/2016-2017/undergraduate/degree-programs/bsph-environmental-health.shtml
Or, Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH), Community Health Major http://bulletins.iu.edu/iub/phb/2016-2017/undergraduate/degree-programs/bsph-community-health.shtml

Bachelor of Science in Recreation (BSR), Public, Nonprofit, and Community Recreation Major
http://bulletins.iu.edu/iub/phb/2015-2016/undergraduate/degree-programs/bsr-pub-np-cmty-rec.shtml
Or, Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Human Ecology Major
http://bulletins.iu.edu/iub/phb/2016-2017/undergraduate/degree-programs/bsr-outdoor-rec.shtml

Other programs with sustainability related tracks:
http://www.indiana.edu/~sustain/education-research/teaching-and-learning/index.php#current-degree-programs


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 and Sustainability Studies Minor

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

Understanding human-environment interactions and their connection with ecological, societal, and economic processes at local, regional, and global scales is a core competency in today’s world. The study of sustainability bridges the arts and humanities, social sciences, and the physical and life sciences. It complements traditional disciplines by offering an opportunity for education in the area of coupled natural and human systems that encompasses study of the environment, society, and economy. The minor, awarded jointly by the College of Arts and Science and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, is administered by the Integrated Program in the Environment.


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

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

School of Public Health Ecotourism Minor

Required Ecotourism Courses (9 cr.):

Complete each of the following courses:
• HPER-R 210 Introduction to Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Human Ecology (3 cr.)
• HPER-R-350 Sustainable Tourism (3 cr.)
• HPER-R 429 Ecotourism: Administration and Management (3 cr.)

Ecotourism Electives (6 cr.):

Complete two courses from the following list (6 cr.):

SPH-O 244 Natural History and Field Ecology (3 cr.)
SPH-O 279 Outdoor Adventure Education (3 cr.)
SPH-O 310 Ecosystem Management (3 cr.)
SPH-O 313 Wilderness and Protected Lands (3 cr.)
SPH-O 324 Outdoor Experiential Education: Instructional Techniques (3 cr.)
SPH-O 340 Interpretation and Tour Guiding (3 cr.)
SPH-O 342 Applied Ecology: Water Communities (3 cr.)
SPH-O 430 Outdoor Adventure Programming: Foundations and Theories (3 cr.)
SPH-O 414 Legal Aspects of Recreation (3 cr.)
SPH-R 425 Strategic Planning for Recreation, Park, and Tourism Organizations (3 cr.)
SPH-R 450 Shipwreck Parks as Underwater Museums (3 cr.)
SPH-T 201 Tourism and Commercial Recreation (3 cr.)


The website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Human Ecology Minor

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

Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Human Ecology Core Courses (6 cr.):
Complete each of the following courses:

SPH-O 210 Introduction to Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Human Ecology (3 cr.)
SPH-O 279 Outdoor Adventure Education (3 cr.) or SPH-O 244 Natural History and Field Ecology (3 cr.)
Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Human Ecology Elective Courses (9 cr.):
Complete 9 credits from the following list of courses or consult your advisor for other choices:
(A minimum of 6 credits in these electives must be in courses at the 300/400 level.)

SPH-O 244 Natural History and Field Ecology (3 cr.)
SPH-O 279 Outdoor Adventure Education (3 cr.)
SPH-O 305 Integrated Resource Management (3 cr.)
SPH-O 313 Wilderness and Protected Lands (3 cr.)
SPH-O 322 Therapeutic Outdoor Instructional Techniques (3 cr.)
SPH-O 324 Outdoor Experiential Education: Instructional Techniques (3 cr.)
SPH-O 340 Interpretation and Tour Guiding (3 cr.)
SPH-O 341 Field Techniques in Environmental Education (3 cr.)
SPH-O 342 Applied Ecology: Water Communities (3 cr.)
SPH-O 343 Sustainable Agriculture (3 cr.)
SPH-O 360 (Formerly SPH-O 410) Human Health and Natural Environments (3 cr.)
SPH-O 412 Ecotourism: Administration and Management (3 cr.)
SPH-O 413 Applications in Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Human Ecology (3 cr.)
SPH-O 420 Principles of Therapeutic Outdoor Programs (3 cr.)
SPH-O 430 Outdoor Adventure Programming: Foundations and Theories (3 cr.)
SPH-R 220 Foundations of Public, Nonprofit, and Community Recreation (3 cr.)
SPH-R 395 Practicum in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies (3 cr.)
Other outdoor recreation, parks, and human ecology electives may be substituted for electives listed above with the permission of the minor advisor


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:
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