Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

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 improving the world with classes designed to strengthen individual understanding 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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The Right Pathway for You

MCC offers Certificates of Completion and Associate Degrees for this program. Your interests and goals will guide you in selecting the pathway that is ideal for you. You may find a combination of certificates or degrees is the fastest way to realize your dreams.


The knowledge and skills acquired while earning a Certificate of Completion (CCL) can help launch you into a new career or energize your current job. Generally requiring fewer credit hours than degrees or transfer programs, a CCL may be your best first step into higher education.

A list of available certificates offered in the Sustainability program
Name Type Title Courses
Academic Certificate AC Sustainability


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

A list of available associate degrees offered in the Sustainability program
Name Type Title Courses
Associate in Arts AA Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Sustainability and Environmental Studies
Associate in Applied Science AAS Sustainable Agriculture

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of the 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*. Some occupations may require additional education or training. You can click on any occupation to view more detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Postsecondary Environmental Science Teachers


* 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

Financial Aid

You can get a high-quality, affordable education. MCC’s low tuition rates and various financial aid opportunities make it possible. Explore federal and state grants, Federal Work-Study, scholarships, student loans, and other options today.