Associate in Arts, Sustainability Sustainability Emphasis to BA

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Humans have been interconnected through our shared relationship with the environment. And now more than ever, it’s imperative we protect and enhance the Earth’s life support systems for current and future generations. The study of sustainability seeks to solve the most complex societal problems, including climate change, energy consumption, poverty, and hunger.

MCC’s coursework in ecology, agriculture, tourism, environmental policy, and urban planning will support your endeavors to protect the natural world through corporate responsibility, agribusiness, activism, education, and environmental engineering. An exciting and meaningful career awaits.

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Associate Degree / University Transfer
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts, Sustainability (AA)
Academic Plan Code
8123
Total Credits Required
60-64
Catalog Year
2019-2020
Transfer Partner
Arizona State University
Transfer Program
Sustainability (Bachelor of Arts)

What You’ll Learn

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

  • Define, cite examples of, differentiate between, and critique basic sustainability concepts, factual information, and practices.
  • Analyze how biological, physical, economic, and cultural processes relate and interact at different spatial and temporal scales.
  • Evaluate the relationship between human societies and their natural and built environments.
  • Critically assess problems using the theoretical foundations and analytical tools of the subfields of sustainability.
  • Effectively communicate ideas and collaborate with diverse individuals and institutions to achieve common goals in sustainability.

Career Opportunities

With today’s focus on the green movement, employers of all types are looking for professionals to help them reduce their environmental footprint. Use your degree in sustainability to positively affect the world around you with a career in industry, government, academia, or the arts.

Successful completion of the Associate in Arts, Sustainability program 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 program. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Chief Sustainability Officers

$162,915

City and Regional Planning Aides

$49,771

Compliance Managers

$66,174

Postsecondary Environmental Science Teachers

$56,457

Environmental Scientists and Specialists

$62,797

Sustainability Specialists

$61,344

Urban and Regional Planners

$78,619

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’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:

  • 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 placement tests and completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites and program prerequisites.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
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 area 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.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
13-16
SSH111 or
SUS110
Sustainable Cities or Sustainable World Critical course Gateway course SSH111 Course carries G, HU, SB Values. SUS110 carries the SB Value. G, HU, SB or SB 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
MAT150 or
MAT151 or
MAT152
College Algebra/Functions MA 3–5
language Any 101 level language Course 4–5

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
16-17
SSH111 or
SUS110
Sustainable Cities or Sustainable World Critical course Gateway course SSH111 Course carries G, HU, SB Values. SUS110 carries the SB Value. G, HU, SB or SB 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 or
Elective
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Elective Course If CRE101 exempt, complete an elective course L 3
Language Any 102 level language Course 4–5
MAT206 or
SWU225 or
PSY230
Elements of Statistics or Statistics for Social Research/Justice and Government or Introduction to Statistics CS 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
15-16
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication COM100, COM110, or COM230 carry the SB Value.
COM225 Carries the L Value.
SB or L or SB 3
Language Any 201 Level Language Course 4–5
SQ Any Natural Sciences SQ Course BIO105 or (CHM107 and CHM107LL) recommended for the Academic Certificate 4
ASB100 or
POS120 or
ASB202 or
ASB211 or
GPH210 or
SOC241
Introduction to Global Health or World Politics or Ethnic Relations in the United States or Women in Other Cultures or Society and Environment or Race and Ethnic Relations G, SB or C, H, SB or G, HU, SB or G or C, SB 3
SUS231 Careers in Sustainability 1

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
14-15
Language Any 202 Level Language Course 4–5
HU Humanities, Arts, & Design Course PHI216 Recommended for AC 3
SQ or SG Natural Sciences Course ASM104 or BIO105 or (CHM107 and CHM107LL) or ENV101 or (GLG110 and GLG111) or GPH113 for AC 4
SUS232 Professional Skills in Sustainability Practice 3
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 area 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.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
6-8
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
MAT150 or
MAT151 or
MAT152
College Algebra/Functions Critical course MA 3–5

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
6
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 or
Elective
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Elective Course If CRE101 exempt, complete an elective course L 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
7-8
SUS110 or
SSH111
Sustainable World or Sustainable Cities Critical course Gateway course SB or G, HU, SB 3
language Any 101 level language Course 4–5

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
7-8
SSH111 or
SUS110
Sustainable Cities or Sustainable World Critical course Gateway course G, HU, SB or SB 3
language Any 102 level language course 4–5

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
8-9
SQ Any Natural Sciences SQ Course BIO105 or (CHM107 and CHM107LL) recommended for the Academic Certificate 4
Language Any 201 level language course 4–5

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
8-9
Language Any 202 level language Course 4–5
SQ or SG Natural Sciences Course ASM104 or BIO105 or (CHM107 and CHM107LL) or ENV101 or (GLG110 and GLG111) or GPH113 for AC 4

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
7
HU or
MAT206 or
SWU225 or
PSY230
Humanities, Arts, & Design Course or Elements of Statistics or Statistics for Social Research/Justice and Government or Introduction to Statistics PHI216 recommended for Academic Certificate CS 3
SUS231 Careers in Sustainability 1
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication If tested out of CRE101, recommend choosing COM225 to simultaneously fulfill both the Communication and the Literacy Requirements. SB or L or SB 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
6
SUS232 Professional Skills in Sustainability Practice 3
HU or
MAT206 or
SWU225 or
PSY230
Humanities, Arts, & Design Course or Elements of Statistics or Statistics for Social Research/Justice and Government or Introduction to Statistics PHI216 recommended for Academic Certificate CS 3

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
3
ASB100 or
POS120 or
ASB202 or
ASB211 or
GPH210 or
SOC241
Introduction to Global Health or World Politics or Ethnic Relations in the United States or Women in Other Cultures or Society and Environment or Race and Ethnic Relations ASB100 or POS120 carry G, SB Values.
ASB202 carries C, H, SB Values.
ASB211 carries G, HU, SB Values.
GPH210 carries G Value.
SOC241 carries C, SB Values.
G, SB or C, H, SB or G, HU, SB or G or C, SB 3

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

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

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