Certificate Information

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MCCCD Program Detail



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

The Academic Certificate (AC) in Sustainability is interdisciplinary and builds a strong academic expertise along one of four significant pillars of sustainability, where students will examine and assess how to minimize unintended consequences and enhance a mutually productive relationship between man and nature. The four pillars are organized into specialized tracks, including land use and human transformations of the earth, competition for water and other natural resources from the earth systems, political and economic treatment of the earth, and coupled human-environment interactions.

Required Courses Credits: 6

SSH111Sustainable Cities3
SUS110Sustainable World3

Restricted Electives

Students must select one (1) of the following four (4) tracks:
Track I: Earth Systems Credits:11-12
AGS260Origin and Composition of Soils4
AGS261Soil Fertility and Management3
BIO105Environmental Biology4
BIO182General Biology (Majors) II4
GLG101Introduction to Geology I-Physical Lecture (3) and
GLG103Introduction to Geology I-Physical Lab (1)4
GLG110Geological Disasters and the Environment (3) and
GLG111Geological Disasters and the Environment Lab (1)4
GPH111Introduction to Physical Geography4
GPH211Landform Processes4
GPH213Introduction to Climatology (3) and
GPH215Introduction to Climatology Laboratory (1)4
Track II: Social, Political, Economic Treatment of the Earth Credits:9
ECN212Microeconomic Principles3
ECN263The Economics of Natural Resources, Population and the Environment3
ENH206Nature and Environmental Literature3
GCU102Introduction to Human Geography3
GCU141Introduction to Economic Geography3
PHI216Environmental Ethics3
POS120World Politics3
SBU200Society and Business3
SOC251Social Problems3
Track III: Coupled Human-Environment Systems Credits:9-12
ASB102Culture in Globalization World3
ASB222Buried Cities and Lost Tribes: Old World (3) OR
ASB223Buried Cities and Lost Tribes: New World (3)3
ASB226Human Impacts on Ancient Environments3
ASM104Bones, Stones, and Human Evolution4
BIO105Environmental Biology4
BIO108Plants and Society4
CHM107Chemistry and Society3
GCU121World Geography I: Eastern Hemisphere (3) OR
GCU122World Geography II: Western Hemisphere (3)3
GPH210Society and Environment3
GPH267Extreme Weather and Climate3
Track IV: Human Transformation of the Earth Credits:9-11
ASB100Introduction to Global Health3
CNS205Sustainable Construction/LEED Certification3
ECE111Bioengineering Systems3
FON135Sustainable Cooking3
FON143Food and Culture3
FON161Sustainable Food Production Systems3
INT170Interior Materials3
SCT100Introduction to Sustainable Built Environments3
SCT271AASustainable Design Internship (1) OR
SCT271ABSustainable Design Internship (2)1-2
SOC180Social Implications of Technology3
WED124Environmental Wellness3

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Major: 6240
First Term: 2015 Spring
Final Term: Current
Award: AC
Total Credits: 15-18
CIPS code: 03.0104
Initiating College: Mesa Community College
Program Availability: Shared by CGC, GCC, MCC, PVC, SMC - GCC MCC
Occupational Area: Not Applicable
Instructional Council: Sustainability (91)
GPA: 2.0