B.A. in Environmental and Sustainability Studies 48 months Undergraduate Program By University of Utah |Top Universities

B.A. in Environmental and Sustainability Studies

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Program Duration

48 monthsProgram duration

Main Subject Area

Environmental SciencesMain Subject Area

Program overview

Main Subject

Environmental Sciences

Degree

Other

Study Level

Undergraduate

Program Purpose: We strive to foster an understanding of ecological systems and the consequences of human-environment interactions. The curriculum is rooted in interdisciplinary approaches from earth systems science, humanities, and social and behavioral sciences. Our program provides students with a broad multi-methods education that emphasizes systemic analysis, peer learning, and community engagement. It stresses the importance of social responsibility, leadership, and a science-based focus on solutions and integrated problem solving. Upon graduation, students will have learned how to build more resilient and sustainable global ecosystems, emphasizing the interaction between society, the economy, and the environment. Students will have the ability to assess complex environmental issues at all scales, using multiple and diverse methodologies and an interdisciplinary approach, within a context of environmental justice, equity, and long-term sustainability. Students will be able to think critically about their role as creative problem-solvers and their responsibility as citizens, political and economic participants, and members of an extended ecological community. Learning Outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of comprehensive systemic analysis across both physical and behavioral dimensions involving society, the environment, and the economy Define sustainability and assess the ways that sustainability topics are approached by a diversity of academic disciplines. Identify how globalized processes impact socioecological systems. Analyze the role of environmental sustainability in the promotion of comprehensive justice and equity. Apply critical thinking skills to provide sustainable solutions and build resilient communities. Utilize the appropriate methodological tools to analyze address specific research questions. Articulate a comprehensive world view that integrates diverse approaches to sustainability. Understand the basic theoretical concepts and methodologies of both the physical and social sciences. Learn how to solve large-scale problems using a multitude of tools and approaches. Understand the basic sustainability concepts of homeostasis, carrying-capacity, cradle-to-grave recycling, evolutionary processes, inter-generational debt, socio-political adaptation, climate change, ecosystem services, and environmental justice—and understand the relationships between them.

Program overview

Main Subject

Environmental Sciences

Degree

Other

Study Level

Undergraduate

Program Purpose: We strive to foster an understanding of ecological systems and the consequences of human-environment interactions. The curriculum is rooted in interdisciplinary approaches from earth systems science, humanities, and social and behavioral sciences. Our program provides students with a broad multi-methods education that emphasizes systemic analysis, peer learning, and community engagement. It stresses the importance of social responsibility, leadership, and a science-based focus on solutions and integrated problem solving. Upon graduation, students will have learned how to build more resilient and sustainable global ecosystems, emphasizing the interaction between society, the economy, and the environment. Students will have the ability to assess complex environmental issues at all scales, using multiple and diverse methodologies and an interdisciplinary approach, within a context of environmental justice, equity, and long-term sustainability. Students will be able to think critically about their role as creative problem-solvers and their responsibility as citizens, political and economic participants, and members of an extended ecological community. Learning Outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of comprehensive systemic analysis across both physical and behavioral dimensions involving society, the environment, and the economy Define sustainability and assess the ways that sustainability topics are approached by a diversity of academic disciplines. Identify how globalized processes impact socioecological systems. Analyze the role of environmental sustainability in the promotion of comprehensive justice and equity. Apply critical thinking skills to provide sustainable solutions and build resilient communities. Utilize the appropriate methodological tools to analyze address specific research questions. Articulate a comprehensive world view that integrates diverse approaches to sustainability. Understand the basic theoretical concepts and methodologies of both the physical and social sciences. Learn how to solve large-scale problems using a multitude of tools and approaches. Understand the basic sustainability concepts of homeostasis, carrying-capacity, cradle-to-grave recycling, evolutionary processes, inter-generational debt, socio-political adaptation, climate change, ecosystem services, and environmental justice—and understand the relationships between them.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate

6+

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