Sustainability - AA

The Associate in Arts (AA), Sustainability provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution and specialize in sustainability. Upon completion of a bachelor`s degree, students may pursue a number of careers including sustainability specialists, chief sustainability officers, compliance managers, environmental scientists, and city and regional planning aides. With a graduate degree, students may pursue a career in several areas including urban and regional planning and post-secondary teaching.

Details

Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Associate Degree / University Transfer
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts (AA)
Academic Plan Code
8123
Total Credits Required
60-67
Catalog Year
2019-2020
What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Critique basic sustainability concepts, factual information, and practices.
  2. Analyze how social, environmental, and economic systems relate and interact.
  3. Evaluate the relationships between people and their natural and built environments.
  4. Recognize policy strategies and ethical considerations relevant in the field of sustainability.
  5. Examine the scope and complexity of social responsibility.
  6. Practice systems-thinking toward identifying a solution in a collaborative, interdisciplinary setting.
  7. Effectively communicate ideas among diverse stakeholders to build consensus for sustainability initiatives.
  8. Analyze and interpret data for sustainability research application.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Business Operations Specialists, All Other

$64,530

Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health

$63,810

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2018.
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 current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include CPD150, CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Pathway Map Options

There are multiple options available for this pathway map. These options vary depending on the available transfer institutions and what degrees you may be able to transfer into.

These pathway map options may share some common coursework. To explore what additional coursework may be required, select your desired option from the list below. Once selected, the list of courses and any associated details will be automatically updated.

Additional courses that are specific to your selected option will be highlighted with a blue border. Depending on your selected option, the blue bordered courses may replace the gray bordered courses found in the other options.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

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 areas if not otherwise met by other program 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 Area Credits
SSH111 or
SUS110
Sustainable Cities or Sustainable World Critical course Gateway course G, HU, SB or SB 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
MAT150 or
MAT151 or
MAT152
College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions MA 3–5
CPD150 or
AAA115
Strategies for College Success or Creating College Success 0–3
language Any 101 level language Course If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. 3–5

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SSH111 or
SUS110
Sustainable Cities or Sustainable World Critical course Gateway course G, HU, SB or SB 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or equivalent by assessment. or equivalent by assessment. If testing CRE101 exempt, select COM225 in the communication area to fulfill the L value. L 0–3
Elective Elective Course MAT212 OR MAT213 OR MAT22+ 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 the Academic Certificate) 0–3
Language Any 102 level language Course If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. 3–5

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SUS231 Careers in Sustainability 1
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L or SB 3
SQ Any Natural Sciences SQ Course BIO105 or (CHM107 and CHM107LL) recommended for the Academic Certificate 4
MAT206 or
SWU225 or
PSY230
Elements of Statistics or Statistics for Social Research/Justice and Government or Introduction to Statistics CS 3
Language Any 201 Level Language Course If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. 3–5

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SUS232 Professional Skills in Sustainability Practice 3
HU Humanities, Arts, & Design Course PHI216 Recommended for the Academic Certificate 3
SQ or SG Natural Sciences Course ASM104 or BIO105 or (CHM107 and CHM107LL) or ENV101 or (GLG110 and GLG111) or GPH113 for the Academic Certificate 4
SB or L or HU or Elective "SB needed if not satisfied by COM or SSH111 requirements; L needed if not satisfied by COM or CRE101 requirements; HU needed if not satisfied by SSH111 requirement.

If SB, L, and HU requirements are all satisfied, MAT212 OR MAT213 OR MAT22+ 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 the Academic Certificate)"
0–5
Language Any 202 Level Language Course If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. 3–5

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

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 areas if not otherwise met by other program 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 Area Credits
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
MAT150 or
MAT151 or
MAT152
College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions MA 3–5
CPD150 or
AAA115
Strategies for College Success or Creating College Success 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SSH111 or
SUS110
Sustainable Cities or Sustainable World Critical course Gateway course G, HU, SB or SB 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or equivalent by assessment. If testing CRE101 exempt, select COM225 in the communication area to fulfill the L value. L 0–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SSH111 or
SUS110
Sustainable Cities or Sustainable World Critical course Gateway course G, HU, SB or SB 3
language Any 101 level language Course If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. 3–5

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L or SB 3
Language Any 102 level language Course If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. 3–5

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SQ Any Natural Sciences SQ Course BIO105 or (CHM107 and CHM107LL) recommended for the Academic Certificate 4
Elective Elective Course MAT212 OR MAT213 OR MAT22+ 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 the Academic Certificate) 0–5
Language Any 201 Level Language Course If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. 3–5

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SQ or SG Natural Sciences Course ASM104 or BIO105 or (CHM107 and CHM107LL) or ENV101 or (GLG110 and GLG111) or GPH113 for the Academic Certificate 4
Language Any 202 Level Language Course If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. 3–5

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SUS231 Careers in Sustainability 1
MAT206 or
SWU225 or
PSY230
Elements of Statistics or Statistics for Social Research/Justice and Government or Introduction to Statistics CS 3
HU Humanities, Arts, & Design Course PHI216 Recommended for the Academic Certificate 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SUS232 Professional Skills in Sustainability Practice 3
SB or L or HU or Elective "SB needed if not satisfied by COM or SSH111 requirements; L needed if not satisfied by COM or CRE101 requirements; HU needed if not satisfied by SSH111 requirement.

If SB, L, and HU requirements are all satisfied, MAT212 OR MAT213 OR MAT22+ 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 the Academic Certificate)"
0–5

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Disclaimer

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

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Arts in Associate in Arts, Sustainability (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm10?id=135325).

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.