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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 69.67
Liaison Trina Innes
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Alberta
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.19 / 8.00 Justis Allard
Academic Assistant
Office of the Provost
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Total number of graduates from degree programs (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, certificates, and other academic designations):

Number of students that graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:

Percentage of students who graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:

Do the figures reported above cover one, two, or three academic years?:

Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the institution level (e.g. covering all students)?:

Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the division level (e.g. covering particular schools or colleges within the institution)?:

A list or brief description of the institution level or division level sustainability learning outcomes:

Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the program level (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, degrees, diplomas, certificates, and other academic designations)?:

A list or brief description of the program level sustainability learning outcomes (or a list of sustainability-focused programs):


The Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences and the Faculty of Arts have worked together to develop this degree, which will educate students in the scientific, cultural, economic, moral, political and social dimensions of environmental issues. As the subject matter transcends the boundaries of any single discipline or faculty, this degree is offered through a collaborative program that draws on the Faculty of Native Studies and the Faculty of Science. This degree provides students with interdisciplinary expertise to identify, frame, and contribute to the solution of environmental problems. They will have a broad educational foundation in environmental studies, social studies and the humanities, for careers in law, business, economics, resource management, journalism, as well as graduate education in either the professions or in research.


The B.A. in Environmental Studies and the B.Sc in Environmental Science examine natural processes in our environment; the dependence of human society on nature; and our impact on nature through culture and technology.

As researchers, students will be able to:

- Apply current methods of inquiry in environmental science/studies.
- Formulate testable scientific hypotheses based on existing theories, design experiments to test such hypotheses, analyze data accurately, and present the results of such experiments appropriately and effectively.
- Develop and execute appropriate sampling techniques to draw inferences about environmental processes and broader scientific and social theories.
- Recognize the limitations of methods used in environmental science/studies and develop skills to overcome these limitations.
- Choose appropriate mathematical and statistical approaches to analyze environmental data.

As communicators, students will be able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, regarding knowledge of environmental science/studies, its methodologies, key concepts, and issues to both professional and lay audiences. As thinkers, students will be able to:

- Know the fundamental physical and biological principles that govern natural processes.
- Describe the manner in which earth systems have been modified by human activity over time.
- Integrate information from across the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities in the context of complex environmental problems.
- Identify environmental problems, assess key drivers, evaluate problem-solving strategies, and develop multidisciplinary solutions.
- Use contemporary tools and techniques for studying environmental issues.
- Recognize and respect cultural differences regarding natural resource use and management.
- Apply appropriate environmental ethics as an environmental practitioner in the workplace, as a candidate for an advanced degree, and/or as a citizen.

Do course level sustainability learning outcomes contribute to the figure reported above (i.e. in the absence of program, division, or institution level learning outcomes)?:

A list or brief description of the course level sustainability learning outcomes and the programs for which the courses are required:

Refer to AC1 Sustainability Course Catalogue

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

To complete this credit, we examined the required courses for all undergraduate and graduate programs listed in the University of Alberta course calendar. If the program included a mandatory course which was identified as a "sustainability course" in STARS credit AC-1, the program was considered as having a sustainability learning outcome.

The count for total number of graduates from all programs offered by the institution, and the number of graduates from programs covered by sustainability learning outcomes were supplied by the Office of the Registrar. The data provided covered the number of graduates for each undergraduate and graduate program over the past three years (2014/15 to 2016/17), broken down by program.

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.