Associate in Arts 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 (AA)
Academic Plan Code
8400
Total Credits Required
61–66
Catalog Year
2018-2019
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.

This pathway map can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below is a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this pathway map. Some of the opportunities presented below may require either a bachelor degree or a post-graduate level education.

Example job titles with salary information
Occupation / Title Annual Median Wage
Business Operations Specialists, All Other $62,010
Chief Executives $166,300
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health $63,080
Managers, All Other $93,690
Urban and Regional Planners $73,580
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.

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 Credits
17-19
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3
MAT150 or
MAT151 or
MAT152
College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions 3–5
SSH111 Sustainable Cities Critical course Gateway course Course carries G, HU, SB Values 3
BIO105 Environmental Biology Course carries SQ Value 4
language Any 101 level language Course 4

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
16
SUS110 Sustainable World Critical course Gateway course Course carries SB Value 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3
CRE101 or
Elective
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Elective Course If CRE101 exempt, complete an elective course 3
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. 3
Language Any 102 level language Course 4

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
17
GPH113 Introduction to Physical Geography Course carries SQ Value 4
GBS221 or
MAT206 or
SWU225 or
PSY230
Business Statistics or Elements of Statistics or Statistics for Social Research/Justice and Government or Introduction to Statistics 3
Elective Elective Course If L value was not met in term 2, select an elective that meets the L value 3
Language Any 201 Level Language Course 4
Elective Elective Course 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
14
SUS231 Careers in Sustainability 1
SUS232 Professional Skills in Sustainability Practice 3
HU & C Humanities, Arts, & Design Course that meets the Cultural Awareness Area 3
Elective Elective Course 3
Language Any 202 Level Language Course 4
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 Credits
6
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3
SSH111 Sustainable Cities Critical course Gateway course Course carries G, HU, SB Values 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
SUS110 Sustainable World Critical course Gateway course Course carries SB Value 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6-8
MAT150 or
MAT151 or
MAT152
College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions 3–5
CRE101 or
Elective
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Elective Course If CRE101 exempt, complete an elective course 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
Elective Elective Course 3
BIO105 Environmental Biology Course carries SQ Value 4

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
language Any 101 level language Course 4
GBS221 or
MAT206 or
SWU225 or
PSY230
Business Statistics or Elements of Statistics or Statistics for Social Research/Justice and Government or Introduction to Statistics 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
Language Any 102 level language Course 4
HU & C Humanities, Arts, & Design Course that meets the Cultural Awareness Area 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
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. 3
Language Any 201 Level Language Course 4

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
Elective Elective Course 3
Language Any 202 Level Language Course 4

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
5
SUS231 Careers in Sustainability 1
GPH113 Introduction to Physical Geography Course carries SQ Value 4

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
SUS232 Professional Skills in Sustainability Practice 3
Elective Elective Course If L value was not met in a previous term, select an elective that meets the L value 3

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Program Area Key

  • Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
  • FYC = First Year Composition
  • HU = Humanities, Arts and Design
  • Mathematics = Mathematics
  • NS = Natural Science
  • Oral Comm = Oral Communication
  • PP = Program Prerequisite
  • SB = Social-Behavioral Sciences
  • RC = Required Courses
  • RE = Restricted Electives

Disclaimer

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

This Course Sequence is a “shared” program or a program that is offered at multiple Maricopa colleges. The colleges offering the program collaborate on the sequencing of the courses. However, since each college may differ in course scheduling and faculty availability, Course Sequences may vary by college, but should not impact program applicability or transfer.

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.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Arts in Associate in Arts (https://curriculum.maricopa.edu/sites/default/files/aa1819.pdf).

* Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.