Since the ES&P program is relatively new, these connections are even more valuable for students as the current alumni are pioneers in turning their education at Chapman into a career. This is where some of the alumni are currently.
Figure 5. Percentages of Students that responded "yes" to "are you aware there is an Environmental Science & Policy program on campus" by class standing. Freshman (n=170) Sophomore (n=104) Junior (n=115) Senior (n=124)
While the occurrence of environmental science and sustainability keywords has gone up from the 2006/2007 to the 2016/2017 catalog year (Figure 10.6), when normalized by the number of courses to account for Schmid College’s growth, the average occurrence of these keyword per class has gone down. (Figure 10.7).
When faculty were interviewed, they expressed willingness to learn about sustainability but said they did not have enough time to do so. Giving faculty time to learn and incorporate sustainability is important for the growth of Schmid’s curriculum. This can be accomplished through adding faculty and student assistants based on the size and difficulty of courses, and the expertise required by the course objectives.
Adding new sustainability related courses should be delayed until the current courses are searchable. Increasing the likelihood of higher enrollment through advertising of new courses, adding keywords to the course catalog and making them searchable through ‘My Chapman’ will make it more likely that courses added in the future will be successful and remain Schmid’s curriculum.
Chapman University requires that degree seeking students take courses to fulfill a ‘Global Citizen’ cluster, a ‘Natural Science Inquiry’ and an ‘Ethical Inquiry’. These requirements add up to a minimum of 12 credits and therefore almost fill a semester. However, these three requirements are not defined formally, and because of this, students cannot take well suited sustainability related courses to fulfill these requirements. Some proposed definitions and requirement clarifications:
Suggested description of the ethical inquiry - Throughout college students’ moral values evolve, and the ethics course requirements are designed as a flexible system to help nurture students’ development and evolution of personal beliefs.
Suggested description of the ethics requirement – Students can make a case for a course of their choosing to help them develop their own personal values as well as expose themselves to differing values of other students and faculty. Ethics courses may include, but are not limited to: socioeconomic disparities, resource use and access disparities, ethical treatment of humans or animals, ethics in rhetoric, ethical issues that result from destruction of resources, habitats, access to clean water and food, and ethics behind industries such as the pharmaceutical industry. Students can make a case for other courses from Schmid College and may substitute courses at the discretion of the department head of the course they are requesting to count for the inquiry (signature required on add/drop form with a note “EC”).
Suggested description of a ‘Global Citizen’ - An individual who is recognized not only as a citizen of their country, but also as a member of a world without territory boundaries. A global citizen is someone who understands how their own actions and the actions of their country impact people and places around the world. A global citizen acts to protect humans, animals and ecosystems around the world in their personal and professional lives.
Suggested description for global citizen requirement - Students can make a case for a course of their choosing to help them understand their own impact and others’ impacts on people, animals, and ecosystems. The course must have a component that fosters changes in behavior by examining the student’s personal choices. Students can make a case for other courses from Schmid College and may substitute courses at the discretion of the department head of the course they are requesting to count for the inquiry (signature required on add/drop form with a note “GCC”).
Natural Science Inquiry
Suggested description of the natural science inquiry - The Natural Science Inquiry is designed for students to gain knowledge about the natural sciences and scientific method so they can read science related articles, critically think about natural science related topics such as those discussed in the media, and use their knowledge to make educated personal decisions about things like sustainability and food choices. This inquiry can help students explore a natural science that interests them.
Suggested description of the natural science requirements - Requirements for the Natural Science inquiry – The Natural Science inquiry can include any course in chemistry, physics, environmental science, biology, geology, or biochemistry. Students can make a case for other courses from Schmid College and may substitute courses at the discretion of the department head of the course they are requesting to count for the inquiry (signature required on add/drop form with a note “NSI”).