Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Sustainability and Environmental Studies

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Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in Sustainability and Environmental Studies provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution and specialize in areas of sustainability, environmental science, conservation, or resource management. Upon completion of a bachelor`s degree, students may pursue a number of careers including sustainability specialists, chief sustainability officers, compliance managers, environmental scientists, conservation scientists, soil and water conservationists, range managers, and city and regional planning aides. With a graduate degree, students may pursue a career in several areas including hydrology, urban and regional planning, and post-secondary teaching.


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Field of Interest
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Associate in Arts (AA)
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Sustainability and Environmental Studies (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
Total Credits Required
Catalog Year
Effective Term
Fall 2024

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

Courses that can be used to fulfill a requirement of the Academic Certificate in Sustainability (Major Code 6240N), Environmental Science (Major Code 6227N), and CCL in Environmental and Natural Resource Conservation (Major Code 5824) while simultaneously fulfilling a requirement of the Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Sustainability and Environmental Studies are noted.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges to earn a degree with this emphasis.

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Critique basic sustainability concepts, factual information, and practices.
  2. Analyze how social, environmental, and economic systems relate and interact.
  3. Evaluate the relationships between people and their natural and built environments.
  4. Recognize policy strategies and ethical considerations relevant in the field of sustainability.
  5. Examine the scope and complexity of social responsibility.
  6. Practice systems-thinking toward identifying a solution in a collaborative, interdisciplinary setting.
  7. Effectively communicate ideas among diverse stakeholders to build consensus for sustainability initiatives.
  8. Analyze and interpret data for sustainability research application.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this degree. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Postsecondary Environmental Science Teachers


* Career and wage information provided by Lightcast using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Lightcast’s proprietary analytical processes. Lightcast’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Pathway Map Options

There are multiple options available for this pathway map. These options vary depending on the available transfer institutions and what degrees you may be able to transfer into.

These pathway map options may share some common coursework. To explore what additional coursework may be required, select your desired option from the list below. Once selected, the list of courses and any associated details will be automatically updated in the course sequence below. The differences between individual pathway map options may only be a few courses.

Note: You will have to select one of the options below to view available course sequences.

Full-time Sequence

To view course sequences, select one of the pathway map options above.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

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