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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-4: Graduate 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 graduate students (I.e. an interdisciplinary academic program that concentrates on sustainability as an integrated concept)?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused graduate-level degree program:
Ph.D. in Environmental Health

A brief description of the graduate-level degree program:

The mission of this program is to educate the next generation of environmental health professionals to understand the influences and effects of environmental factors on human health and disease with a focus on rural communities; to prepare health scientists to conduct and share through scholarly pursuits the results of original lab-based research; to emphasize the scientific, technological, policy, and management skills needed to address environmental, toxicological and occupational health concerns; and to advance the discipline of environmental health. The goal of this doctoral program is to educate future professionals who are highly qualified as independent investigators, academicians, and practitioners of environmental health.


The website URL for the graduate-level degree program:
Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (2nd program):
Master of Science in Recreation Degree (MSR), Park and Public Lands Management Major

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

A Master of Science in Recreation degree with a major in Park and Public Lands Management provides students with approaches to managing land-based operations at the national, state, regional and local levels. The program emphasizes the stewardship of lands entrusted to many public agencies and private enterprises in order to improve the environment, sustain public enjoyment of parks and facilities by employing contemporary management practices, and balancing resource protection with recreation and use of lands. This program is offered online.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (3rd program):
Master of Science in Environmental Science (MSES)

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

The Master of Science in Environmental Science program consists of four components:
1. Core Competencies of Applied Ecology, Environmental Chemistry, Applied Math, Statistics, and Environmental Engineering OR Energy Systems Engineering, with a selection of courses in environmental policy, management, law and/or economics.
2. Concentrations include Applied Ecology, Energy, Water Resources, or Environmental Chemistry/Toxicology/Risk Assessment.
3. Experiential Requirement options include a summer internship, credit for prior professional experience or volunteer service, or research.
4. Capstone Course options include either: a final course involving an integrative and multi-disciplinary group project and presentation OR a research/thesis degree option.

The program may also be combined with the Master of Public Affairs program, for a Master of Public Affairs (MPA) and a Master of Science in Environmental Science (MSES) dual degree.
https://spea.indiana.edu/masters/degrees-certificates/mpa-mses-dual-degree/index.html


The website URL for the graduate degree program (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused graduate-level degree programs:

Ph.D. in Environmental Science
https://spea.indiana.edu/doctoral/degrees/environmental-science.html

Master of Science in Recreation Degree (MSR), Outdoor Recreation Major
http://bulletins.iu.edu/iub/phb/2016-2017/graduate/masters/msr-outdoor-rec.shtml

Master of Arts/Master of Science in Geogra­phy
Master of Science in Environmental Science (Public and Environmental Affairs)
http://bulletins.iu.edu/iu/gradschool/2016-2017/programs/bloomington/geography/index.shtml

Master of Public Health Degree (MPH), Environmental Health Major
http://bulletins.iu.edu/iub/phb/2016-2017/graduate/masters/mph-environmental.shtml

More information about various degree offerings is available at the Integrated Program in the Environment website http://environment.indiana.edu/degrees/


Does the institution offer one or more graduate-level sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates?:
Yes

Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate:
Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change: Ph.D. minor

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

The graduate minor will instruct students in theories and methods that combine the physical and social sciences on human dimensions of global environmental change (HDGEC). The curriculum will familiarize students with (1) the major issues of the field through exploration of the available approaches to this kind of interdisciplinary work and creation of a research proposal; (2) institutional analysis and design; and (3) forest and institutions research methods. Students will be expected to become familiar with GIS and/or remote sensing as tools in the analysis of global environmental change through both formal courses and hands-on apprentice­ship as part of team research projects.


The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Master of Science in Geography with Specialization in Climate and Environmental Change

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

Requirements are the same as for the M.S. in Geography, with the additional requirements of a minimum of 9 graduate credits in the field of climate and environmental change. Suitable courses include but are not limited to:

GEOG-G 505 Hydroclimatology
GEOG-G 532 Physical Meteorology and Climatology
GEOG-G 544 Climate Change Impacts
GEOG-G 550 Instrumentation and Field Methods in Atmospheric Science
GEOG-G 551 Water Resources: Semi-Arid Environments
GEOG-G 577 Topics in Atmospheric Science
GEOG-G 588 Applied Spatial Statistics
GEOG-G 589 Atmospheric Data Analysis


The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
Master of Public Affairs, Sustainability and Sustainable Development Concentration

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

With a concentration in Sustainability and Sustainable Development, students are prepared to help organizations and people strike a balance between meeting immediate needs and ensuring a secure, livable future. Study will combine environmental, economic, social, and political elements.


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

Master of Public Affairs, Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management Concentration
https://spea.indiana.edu/masters/degrees-certificates/public-affairs/concentrations/environmental-policy.html

More information about various degree offerings is available at the Integrated Program in the Environment website http://environment.indiana.edu/degrees/


Additional documentation to support the submission:
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