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.
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.
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.
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.
The Right Pathway for You
MCC offers Certificates of Completion, Associate Degrees and Transfer Options 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, degrees or transfer options 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.
|Academic Certificate||AC||Sustainability||Course List|
|Certificate of Completion||CCL||Sustainable Food Systems||Course List|
The options listed below detail the full scope of the interdisciplinary sustainability degrees and certificates available at Mesa Community College:
|Associate in Applied Science||AAS||Sustainable Agriculture||Pathway Map|
|Associate in Applied Science||AAS||Sustainable Food Systems||Course List|
Want to pursue a bachelor’s degree? Save money by starting at MCC in manageable, small classes taught by renowned faculty. Our transfer pathways with Arizona universities help you achieve two goals: completing an associate’s degree while also staying on track to earn a bachelor’s degree at your transfer destination. MCC’s university partnerships throughout the nation assure your seamless transition toward a four-year degree.
|At MCC, get an...||Specialize in...||Transfer to...||To get a...||Courses|
|Associate in Arts||Sustainability Emphasis to BA||Arizona State University||Sustainability (Bachelor of Arts)||Pathway Map|
|Associate in Arts||Sustainability Emphasis to BS||Arizona State University||Sustainability (Bachelor of Science)||Pathway Map|
The Sustainability program can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this program.
|Occupation / Title||Annual Median Wage|
|Business Operations Specialists, All Other||$62,010|
|Dietitians and Nutritionists||$55,160|
|Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health||$63,080|
|Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers||$73,210|
|First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers||$30,390|
|Food Service Managers||$53,400|
|Managers, All Other||$93,690|
|Social Science Research Assistants||$48,960|
|Urban and Regional Planners||$73,580|
|Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.|
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.