Associate in Arts, Sustainability

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

Major Code: 
8123
Award: 
Associate in Arts, Sustainability
Total credits required: 
60-67
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses in the program.

Courses that can be used to fulfill a requirement of the Academic Certificate in Sustainability (Major Code 6240N) while simultaneously fulfilling a requirement of the Associate in Arts, Sustainability are noted.

General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Select courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits.
Recommended to select one of the following courses:
MAT212Brief Calculus (3) OR
MAT213Brief Calculus (4) OR
MAT220Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (5) OR
MAT221Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (4)3-5
Recommended for students intending to complete the Academic Certificate in Sustainability to select 9 to 12 credits of coursework from the following:
ASM104Bones, Stones, and Human Evolution (4) OR
BIO105Environmental Biology (4) OR
CHM107Chemistry and Society (3) AND
CHM107LLChemistry and Society Laboratory (1) OR
COM263Elements of Intercultural Communication (3) OR
ECN212Microeconomic Principles (3) OR
ENV101Introduction to Environmental Science (4) OR
EPS150Introduction to Entrepreneurship (3) OR
FON135Sustainable Cooking (3) OR
GLG110Geological Disasters and the Environment (3) AND
GLG111Geological Disasters and the Environment Lab (1) OR
GPH113Introduction to Physical Geography (4) OR
PHI216Environmental Ethics (3) OR
PSY132Psychology and Culture (3) OR
SBU200Society and Business (3) OR
SCT100Introduction to Sustainable Built Environments (3) OR
SUS100Introduction to Sustainability (3)9-12
Program Learning Outcomes
  • Critique basic sustainability concepts, factual information, and practices. (ASB226, SSH111, SUS110, SUS232, [L], [SG], [SQ])
  • Analyze how social, environmental, and economic systems relate and interact. (ASB226, CON101, CRE101, GPH210, SSH111, SUS110, SUS232, [C], [G], [L], [SB], [SG], [SQ], (COM))
  • Evaluate the relationships between people and their natural and built environments. (AFR/ASB/CCS202, ASB211, ASB226, GPH210, SOC241, SSH111, SUS110, SUS232, [C], [G] [HU], [L], (COM))
  • Recognize policy strategies and ethical considerations relevant in the field of sustainability. (ASB226, CHM107, CON101, ENV101, GLG110, GLG111, GPH113, GPH210, SSH111, SUS110, SUS232, [C], [G], [L], [SB], (COM))
  • Examine the scope and complexity of social responsibility. (ASB226, CHM107, CON101, ENV101, GPH210, SSH111, SUS110, SUS232, [C], [FYC], [G], [L], [SB])
  • Practice systems-thinking toward identifying a solution in a collaborative, interdisciplinary setting. (ASB100, AFR/ASB/CCS202, ASB211, ASB226, GPH210, POS120, SOC241, SSH111, SUS110, SUS232, [C], [G], [HU], [SG], [SQ])
  • Effectively communicate ideas among diverse stakeholders to build consensus for sustainability initiatives. (ASB226, SSH111, SUS110, SUS231, SUS232, [C], [FYC], [G], [HU], [L], [SB], (COM))
  • Analyze and interpret data for sustainability research application. (ASB226, SSH111, SUS110, SUS232, [CS], [FYC], [L], [MA], [SB], [SG], [SQ])
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:10
SSH111Sustainable Cities3
SUS110Sustainable World3
SUS231Careers in Sustainability1
SUS232Professional Skills in Sustainability Practice3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:0-23
Complete all courses in the transfer option that best aligns with your academic and professional goals. If your intended transfer institution is not listed, then select a combination of courses from the transfer options listed in order to meet the minimum credits required in the Restricted Electives section. Consult with an academic, faculty, or program advisor to prevent exceeding your university transfer program`s maximum transferable credits (typically 64).
Subplan 1: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science, Sustainability
Foreign Language Credits:0-10
Complete a language course at the elementary level (102 or equivalent), including American Sign Language II with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
SLG+++ Any SLG Sign Language course(s)
Subplan 2: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Arts, Sustainability
MAT206Elements of Statistics (3) OR
SWU225Statistics for Social Research/Justice and Government (3) OR
PSY230Introduction to Statistics (3)3
Foreign Language Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
SLG+++ Any SLG Sign Language course(s)
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-ACredits: 26-34
A single course with an [HU], [SB], or [L] designation may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s).
 
First-Year Composition [FYC]Credits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
 
Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]Credits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L] area.3
 
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 3-5
MAT150College Algebra/Functions (5) OR
MAT151College Algebra/Functions (4) OR
MAT152College Algebra/Functions (3) OR
Any approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area for which MAT15X is a prerequisite. (3-5)3-5
 
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education course in the Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS] area (3)
(Recommended: GIS205 Geographic Information Technologies 3)
OR
Met by MAT206, PSY230, or SWU225 in Restricted Electives area.0-3
 
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 3
Met by SSH111 in Required Courses area.
AND
Any approved general education course in the Humanities, Arts, and Design [HU] area.3
(PHI216Environmental Ethics 3 recommended for students intending to complete the Academic Certificate in Sustainability).
 
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 3
Met by SUS110 in Required Courses area.
AND
Any approved general education course in the Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB] area.3
Recommended for students intending to complete the Academic Certificate in Sustainability:
COM263Elements of Intercultural Communication (3) OR
ECN212Microeconomic Principles (3) OR
PSY132Psychology and Culture (3) OR
SBU200Society and Business (3)3
 
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 8
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area (4) AND
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area or the Natural Sciences (General) [SG] area (4).8
Recommended for students intending to complete the Academic Certificate in Sustainability:
BIO105Environmental Biology (4) OR
CHM107Chemistry and Society (3) AND
CHM107LLChemistry and Society Laboratory (1) OR
GPH113Introduction to Physical Geography (4)4
AND
ASM104Bones, Stones, and Human Evolution (4) OR
BIO105Environmental Biology (4) OR
CHM107Chemistry and Society (3) AND
CHM107LLChemistry and Society Laboratory (1) OR
ENV101Introduction to Environmental Science (4) OR
GLG110Geological Disasters and the Environment (3) AND
GLG111Geological Disasters and the Environment Lab (1) OR
GPH113Introduction to Physical Geography (4)4
 
Awareness AreasCredits: 0-3
These requirements may be shared with Core Requirements.
 
Cultural Diversity in the US [C]Credits: 0-3
0-3
 
Historical/Global Awareness [H]/[G]Credits: 0
Met by SSH111 in Required Courses area.
 
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 0-6
Courses in this area may also be applied to the AGEC Core Requirements. To minimize total credits required for degree and maximize transferable credits, it is recommended that courses be selected that meet more than one requirement wherever possible.
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0-3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)0-3
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate information about this degree or certificate. However, the information above represents current requirements for the academic year and may change as the result of the curricular process. This course list 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.