Associate in Arts Sustainability Emphasis to BS

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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
60-64
Catalog Year
2018-2019
Transfer Partner
Arizona State University
Transfer Program
Sustainability (Bachelor of Science)

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
13-16
SSH111 or
SUS110
Sustainable Cities or Sustainable World Critical course Gateway course SSH111 carries G, HU, SB Values.
SUS110 carries SB Value.
3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course 3
MAT150 or
MAT151 or
MAT152
College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions 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 Credits
13-14
SUS110 or
SSH111
Sustainable World or Sustainable Cities Critical course Gateway course SSH111 carries G, HU, SB Values.
SUS110 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
Language Any 102 Level Language Course 4–5

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
17-18
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication COM100, COM110 and COM230 carry the SB Value.
COM225 carries the L Value.
3
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications GIS205 recommended 3
SQ Any Natural Sciences SQ Course BIO105 or (CHM107 and CHM107LL) or GPH113 recommended for Academic Certificate. 4
ASU Track Elective ASU Track Elective Course ECN211 or ECN212 or BIO181 or BIO182 or CHM107 or CON101 3–4
SUS231 Careers in Sustainability 1
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
16-18
Elective Elective Course MAT220 or MAT221 or MAT222 or (ASM104 or BIO105 or CHM107 or COM263 or ECN212 or ENV101 or EPS150 or FON135 or (GLG110 and GLG111) or GPH113 or PHI216 or PSY132 or SBU200 or SCT100 or SUS100 recommended for Academic Certificate 3–5
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 recommended for Academic Certificate. 4
SUS232 Professional Skills in Sustainability Practice 3
Elective Elective Course 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 Credits
6-8
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course 3
MAT150 or
MAT151 or
MAT152
College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions Critical course 3–5

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
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

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7-8
SSH111 or
SUS110
Sustainable Cities or Sustainable World Critical course Gateway course Course carries G, HU, SB Values or Course carries SB Value 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 Credits
7-8
SSH111 or
SUS110
Sustainable Cities or Sustainable World Critical course Gateway course Course carries G, HU, SB Values. or Course carries SB Value. 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 Credits
7
SQ Natural Sciences SQ Course BIO105 or (CHM107 and CHM107LL) or GPH113 for the Academic Certificate 4
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication COM100, COM110 and COM230 carry the SB Value.
COM225 carries the L Value.
3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
HU or CS Humanities, Arts, & Design Course OR Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications Course 3
SQ or SG Natural Sciences Course ASM104 or BIO105 or (CHM107 and CHM107LL) or ENV101 or (GLG110 and GLG111) or GPH113 recommended for Academic Certificate. 4

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7-8
HU or CS Humanities, Arts, & Design Course or Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications ECN211 or ECN212 or BIO181 or BIO182 or CHM107 or CON101 3
SUS231 Careers in Sustainability 1
ASU Track Elective ECN211 or ECN212 or BIO181 or BIO182 or CHM107 or CON101 3–4

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6-8
SUS232 Professional Skills in Sustainability Practice 3
Elective Elective MAT220 or MAT221 or MAT222 or (ASM104 or BIO105 or CHM107 or COM263 or ECN212 or ENV101 or EPS150 or FON135 or (GLG110 and GLG111) or GPH113 or PHI216 or PSY132 or SBU200 or SCT100 or SUS100 recommended for Academic Certificate 3–5

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
Two Electives Two Elective Courses 6

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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.