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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 Silver
Overall Score 51.71
Liaison Jeffrey Severin
Submission Date July 17, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Kansas
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Kim Criner
Education & Outreach Coordinator
Center for Sustainability
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for undergraduate students?:
Yes

The name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (1st program):
Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies

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

The Environmental Studies Bachelor of Arts is structured to ensure both breadth and depth of knowledge by extensive general education degree requirements and approximately ¼ of total course work in the major. The B.A. requires exposure to world languages and cultures, ever more important as the world’s global community becomes central in our lives. Curriculum requirements focus more on environmental law and policy compared to the B.S. that focuses more on the sciences.


The website URL for the undergraduate degree program (1st program):
The name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies

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

If students are interested in pursuing a more scientific approach to the environment may work toward an Environmental Studies Bachelor of Science degree. The B.S. degree is offered by all natural science areas except human biology, as well as economics and cognitive psychology. General education degree and major requirements are determined by each program offering the degree and may be different for each B.S. degree in the College. With fewer required non-science general education degree requirements, the B.S. permits more depth in the major. It requires additional work in supporting science areas. The B.S. requirements include courses in Biology and Chemistry that B.A. students are not required to complete such as Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Principles of Organismal Biology. Principles of Ecology and Foundations of Chemistry I & II.


The website URL for the undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
The name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
Bachelor of General Studies in Environmental Studies

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

Students interested in a more humanities-oriented approach to the environment may pursue a B.A. or B.G.S. Degree, which has an Environment & Culture emphasis.

The primary distinction between the B.A. and the B.G.S. degree is the study of a foreign language, which is required for the B.A. but not for the B.G.S. Other general education requirements are limited as well, allowing maximum flexibility in course selection.


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

BA in Global & International Studies - https://global.ku.edu/why-study-gis


Does the institution offer one or more sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates for undergraduate students?:
Yes

The name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (1st program):
Environmental Studies Minor

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

A minor in Environmental Studies is available to students. The minor provides a sampling of environmental courses, including an Environmental History and Culture course, Environmental Law, Environmental Policy, and a Research Methods course.


The website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (1st program):
The name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Civil Engineering - Environmental Concentration

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

The Civil Engineering Program gives undergraduate students the opportunity to pursue the "Environmental Emphasis," which focuses more deeply on topics of sustainability. Courses with a sustainable focus include hydrology, water resource design, municipal waste and waste water treatment, transportation engineering, among many others.


The website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
The name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
Minor in Global & International Studies

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

A major or minor in Global and international studies will give you the tools to understand the rapid and profound changes that are occurring internationally and trans-nationally throughout the world and across various regions. Global and international studies at KU offers an interdisciplinary program in which faculty and students think critically about some of the most fundamental transnational and trans-regional issues facing societies today: population growth, politics and governance, migration, the global economy, poverty and inequality, religion, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, peace and conflict, and climate change. Through an investigation of these topics, majors in global and international studies acquire an enriched understanding of the world today, which is not only a desirable end in itself but also a useful background for professionals whose careers may involve them in different geographical and cultural areas. A major in global and international studies is helpful for careers in journalism, foreign service, business and industry, education, law, politics and government, and social service agencies.


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