Academic Certificate in Sustainability - Track III: Coupled Human-Environment Systems

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Academic Plan

AC Sustainability - Track III: Coupled Human-Environment Systems

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MCCCD Program Detail


Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

The Academic Certificate (AC) in Sustainability is interdisciplinary and builds a strong academic expertise along one of five significant pillars of sustainability, where students will examine and assess how to minimize unintended consequences and enhance a mutually productive relationship between man and nature. The five pillars are organized into specialized tracks, including land use and human transformations of the earth, competition for water and other natural resources from the earth systems, political and economic treatment of the earth, coupled human-environment interactions, and entrepreneurship for transforming ideas for sustainable products/services into viable businesses.

Program Prerequisites Credits: 0-3

Current English assessment reflecting eligibility for ENG101 OR ENG107 OR Satisfactory completion of
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) OR
Permission of Department or Division0-3

Required Courses Credits: 6

SSH111Sustainable Cities3
SUS110Sustainable World3

Restricted Electives

Track III: Sustainability: Coupled Human-Environment Systems Credits:9-10
Students will choose two (2) courses from the following list:
ASB102Culture in Globalization World3
ASB222Buried Cities and Lost Tribes: Old World (3) OR
ASB223Buried Cities and Lost Tribes: New World (3)3
ASB226Human Impacts on Ancient Environments3
COM263Elements of Intercultural Communication3
ENH206Nature and Environmental Literature3
ENH260Literature of the Southwest3
HUM201Humanities: Universal Themes3
PHI216Environmental Ethics3
REC150ABOutdoor Adventure Skills3
Students will choose one (1) to two (2) course from the following list:
ASM104Bones, Stones, and Human Evolution4
BIO105Environmental Biology4
BIO108Plants and Society4
BIO182General Biology (Majors) II4
CHM107Chemistry and Society (3) and
CHM107LLChemistry and Society Laboratory (1)4
GLG110Geological Disasters and the Environment (3) and
GLG111Geological Disasters and the Environment Lab (1)4
GPH210Society and Environment3
PHI104World Philosophy3
POS120World Politics3

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Major: 6240
First Term: 2015 Summer
Final Term: Current
Award: AC
Total Credits: 15-17
CIPS code: 03.0104
SOC codes:
Initiating College: Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Program Availability: Shared: CGC, GCC, MCC, PVC, SMC - GCC MCC PVC SMC
Occupational Area: Not Applicable
Instructional Council: Sustainability (91)
GPA: 2.0