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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 66.74
Liaison joni newcomer
Submission Date Jan. 26, 2017
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STARS v2.1

New Mexico State University
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 joni newcomer
Mgr. Env. Policy and Sustainability
Facilities and Services
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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:
Sustainability minors and certificates at Greening the Curriculumj

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

NMSU offers an interdisciplinary minor (18 credit hours, 9 at the upper division level) with a Certificate in Sustainability at the undergraduate level in the first year, and look to doing something similar at the graduate level in the second year. We are not asking for new courses. NMSU already has undergraduate degree programs in place with offerings in sustainability, including a sustainability development minor in Anthropology. We developed a university minor in sustainability, that has Sustainability Development as one track, and then develop several additional tracks, that include plant and environmental sciences, Fish Wildlife Conservation and Ecology, Renewable Energy Technologies (Dept. of Engineering Technology and Survey Engineering). We have a matrix of courses offerings with the first track, and we hired a coordinator to meet with each department on campus, to see which courses they offer regularly, that would could be part of track, and another suited for people with engineering, math, and physical or biological sciences majors.


The website URL for the undergraduate degree program:
Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Sustainable Development - Anthropology

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

The supplementary major in Sustainable Development comprises an interdisciplinary supplementary major through which students develop a deeper understanding of the relations between humans and the natural environment. The program offers students the opportunity to cross disciplines and construct a coherent interdisciplinary program that focuses on human interactions with the natural environment, society’s role in depleting and transforming natural resources, critical issues in sustainable development, and new strategies for conserving natural resources and sustainable agricultural production.


The website URL for the undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
Fish, Wildlife and Conservation and Ecology

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

Our Department prepares you for a career in conservation and management of fish, wildlife and their habitats. Students can choose from three degrees offered by this Department:

1. Bachelor of Science in Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology with an option in Aquatic Ecology and Management.
2. Bachelor of Science in Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology with an option in Wildlife Ecology and Management.
3. Bachelor of Science in Conservation Ecology in conjunction with the Department of Biology.
Students are encouraged to obtain minors in other disciplines.


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

For a list of all Sustainability majors, minors, concentrations and options, please see
http://peaceaware.com/sustainability/courses.htm

The following are the largest sustainability focused programs:
College of Engineering, Institute for Energy and the Environment
http://www.ieenmsu.com/programs/environmental-management-curricula-renewable-energy-special-topics-courses/

Dept of Engineering Technology and Survey Engineering - minor in Renewable Energy Technologies
http://et.nmsu.edu/academics/degplan_min_ret.html


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:
Anthropology Undergraduate Minor in Sustainability

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

This minor consists of the following: Environmental Protection and Resource Conservation, Economic Prosperity and Continuity, and Equity and Social Well Being. The department of Anthropology developed definitions and objectives for their minor in sustainability in 2014. The minor was entered into the university catalogue and vetted 31 sustainability courses in anthropology.


The website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Agriculture, Economics and Business

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

Agriculture, Economics and Business - Advising is housed in the Department of Management (College of Business) and Plant and Environmental Sciences Department, College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences.


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