Sustainability is an awareness of the connectivity of the world, focusing on the critical human-environment relationship. It seeks to promote and transform economic growth systems into an enduring approach leading to well-being for all, while protecting and enhancing the earth’s life support systems for present and future generations.  

Mesa Community College offers programs and degrees for students to engage in sustainability endeavors on many levels. Follow your passion for food with classes designed to strengthen individual understandings of sustainability issues, which can be applied to businesses and institutions as well as kitchens and gardens. The Sustainable Agriculture degree, the first of its kind in Arizona, provides students with the hands-on cultivation practices plus business skills needed for a small farm or agricultural business. For culinary novices or those already involved in a related career, the Sustainable Food Systems certificate or degree examines the ways that food is handled from growth through disposal processes. 

Degree Programs

Sustainable Food Systems

An overview of how food in our nation is grown, purchased, prepared, consumed and disposed. Prepares students to build careers in the food producing, preparation, and regulating industries as well as to pursue related academic paths.

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Sustainable Agriculture

Working on the campus farm with crops and livestock, students gain hands-on plant and animal husbandry skills and the business expertise needed to manage or develop a small farm or urban agricultural business.

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Academic Certificates


Build academic expertise in one of these significant pillars of sustainability: Earth Systems; Social, Political, Economic Treatment of the Earth; Coupled Human-Environment Systems; Human Transformation of the Earth; and Business and Entrepreneurship. The sustainability study focus is how to create a mutually productive relationship between man and nature.

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Sustainable and Ecological Literacy

Designed for those planning to transfer to four-year educational institutions, this certificate informs the understanding of sustainable living practices and presents critical thinking, inquiry and discourse skills needed by socially responsible leaders who are ecologically and environmentally aware. 

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Available Associate Degrees and Certificates

The options listed below detail the full scope of the interdisciplinary sustainability degrees and certificates available at Mesa Community College: 

A list of available degrees and certificates offered in the Sustainability program
Degree / Certificate Type Title Courses
Associate in Applied Science AAS Sustainable Food Systems Course Sequence
Certificate of Completion CCL Sustainable Food Systems Course Sequence
Associate in Applied Science AAS Sustainable Agriculture Course Sequence
Academic Certificate AC Sustainability Course List
Academic Certificate AC Sustainability and Ecological Literacy Course List