Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Stony Brook University's Sustainability focused BA Degrees

Stony Brook University now has five new sustainability-focused BA degrees. Stony Brook University's Sustainability Program Director, Martin Schoonen, Ph.D., says, "Our students will be exposed to many of the challenges facing today’s world, and through critical examination explore possible solutions to create and define sustainable models for future generations."

See the program description for each of the five BA degrees: Ecosystems and Human Impact, Environmental Humanities, Sustainability Studies, Environmental Design, Policy, & Planning and Coastal Environmental Studies.

Bachelor of Arts in Coastal Environmental Studies

“The Coastal Environmental Studies major, leading to a Bachelor of Science degree, provides the skills, knowledge, and preparation for students to assess and address coastal environmental problems. The curriculum integrates principles and methodologies from physical sciences, natural sciences, and physical geography, combined with an understanding of environmental ethics, environmental policy, and environmental law.”

Bachelor of Arts in Coastal Environmental Studies

“The Coastal Environmental Studies major, leading to a Bachelor of Science degree, provides the skills, knowledge, and preparation for students to assess and address coastal environmental problems. The curriculum integrates principles and methodologies from physical sciences, natural sciences, and physical geography, combined with an understanding of environmental ethics, environmental policy, and environmental law.”

Bachelor of Arts in Ecosystems and Human Impact

“The Ecosystems and Human Impact major, leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree, provides the skills, knowledge, and preparation for students to assess and address the complex interaction of humans and natural environments. The curriculum integrates principles and methodologies from ecology, biology, genetics, anthropology, human ecology, geography, combined with an understanding of economics, ethics, and policy within a global perspective.”

Bachelor of Arts Environmental Design, Policy, and Planning

“The Environmental Design, Policy, and Planning major, leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree, provides the skills, knowledge, and preparation for students to understand and address complex issues related to development, land-use, urbanization, and suburban sprawl. The curriculum integrates principles and methodologies from social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities. The goal is to address the complex scientific, legal, ethical, political, environmental, and socio-economic issues that surround the development, management, and use of the built environment.”

Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Humanities

This program “draws together a range of disciplines to explore human understanding and interpretation of nature. The curriculum integrates disciplines from social sciences and the humanities including: writing, literature, philosophy, history, anthropology, archaeology, and art and architectural history. The major prepares students to lead efforts to revitalize public understanding of the natural world through nature education, museum work, community organizing, literacy education, advocacy, business, writing and the arts.”

Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability Studies

“The Sustainability Studies major, leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree, provides the skills, knowledge, and preparation for students to understand and address the environmental, social, political, economic and ethical issues related to the transformation of our current societies to ones that are sustainable. The curriculum integrates principles and methodologies from social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities.”

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© 2011, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

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