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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 67.47
Liaison Debbie Andres
Submission Date Aug. 26, 2016
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STARS v2.0

San Jose State University
AC-4: Graduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Katherine Cushing
Director of Sustainability
Office of the President
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for graduate students?:
Yes

The name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (1st program):
MS Environmental Studies

A brief description of the graduate degree program (1st program):

The Environmental Studies Master of Science program is designed to prepare students for careers as environmental professionals or to pursue further academic training in Ph.D. and other advanced degree programs. Our interdisciplinary curriculum integrates the life sciences, physical sciences, and social sciences and embraces both quantitative and qualitative research. Global and local perspectives are integrated in the coursework and the faculty and students embrace a diversity of perspectives.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (1st program) :
The name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (2nd program):
MA Biological Sciences

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

The general areas of study for the MA Biological Sciences might include general biology, plant biology, cell biology, ecology, entomology, genetics, microbiology, immunology, systems physiology, toxicology, zoology, or, under special circumstances, marine biology.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (2nd program):
The name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (3rd program):
MS in Engineering, with an Emphasis in Green Technology

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

he MSE Green Technology program with a focus on solar technologies will instruct students about the basics of green tech, sustainability, life cycle issues, and related topics. It was developed with the assistance of a green engineering advisory group and has been offered since Fall 2009. The program will also offer a solid background in related business, finance, and policy issues that must be factored in with the development and application of green technologies. Electives in the solar area will allow students to focus their academic program on a topic area that is critical to achieving global sustainability.


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

MS Engineering
MS Civil Engineering
MS Marine Science
MS Geology
MS Urban Planning


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

The name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (1st program):
MS - Biological Sciences, Concentration in Ecology and Evolution

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (1st program):

The Ecology and Evolution graduate program concentration in the Department of Biological Sciences at San Jose State University provides students with training and experience in the scientific investigation of ecological and evolutionary processes. In addition to course content, students work with faculty to develop a rigorous research program in ecology and/or evolution resulting in a thesis with a goal of generating a publishable body of work. Our graduates have an excellent grasp of theory and application of ecological and evolutionary principles.


The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (1st program):
The name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
MS in Urban Planning with Specialization in Environmental Planning

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

The linkage between the built environment and the natural environment is a subject of growing concern to planners at the local, regional, and national levels. This concentration prepares graduates to understand the linkages between land use patterns and the natural environment, as well as the policy tools that planners use to promote sustainable urban development.


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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.