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2011-2012 Catalog 
2011-2012 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Studies Emphasis (AA)

This program area is intended to serve students who wish to pursue environmental studies with an emphasis in the social sciences and humanities. The program is grounded in the theoretical framework of environmental studies and the three pillars of sustainability (equity, environmental, and economic) as defined by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005. Students will take a 60-credit (minimum) AA program with specific classes chosen from each department. The three pillars of sustainability are represented by the three required program courses: Environmental Ethics (PHI 218 ), Environmental Science (ENV 101 ), and Environmental Economics (ECO 245 ).

The program will prepare students to transfer into four-year environmental studies programs and, based on electives selected, specialize in a specific area of study such as environmental policy, resource economics, environmental anthropology, eco-psychology, environmental history, environmental education, or sustainability studies.

See the section on Scholarships and Awards  for scholarship opportunities related to this program. For a list of CMC campuses offering this program, please see the Where Our Programs are Offered  table. Not every course is offered on every campus.

State Guaranteed General Education Requirements

(31 credits minimum across 5 content areas, plus 3 credits of COM required)

Mathematics (GT-MA1)

3-6 credits. Credits over 3 will be added to electives. Students must take both MAT 155  and MAT 156  to satisfy this requirement.

Physical and Life Science (GT-SC1)

7 credits from the following courses. Credits over 7 will be applied to the electives category. Students must take both SCI 155  and SCI 156  to satisfy this requirement.

Arts & Humanities

2 courses (6 credit hours)

Social & Behavioral Sciences

2 courses (6 credit hours). Select 2 courses, 1 of which must be history.


*If necessary to reach a minimum of 15 credits in Arts and Humanities, History, or Social and Behaviorial Sciences, select 1 additional course (minimum 3 credits) from these categories.

Wellness Requirements Transfer Level (✽)

2 credits.

Environment Studies Electives

14 credits from courses numbered 100-299; Guaranteed Transfer (◆) or General Transfer (✽) in the Course Description section and CIS 118 , if required. No PED 100-249 or PED 275  courses allowed for this requirement. Students are strongly encouraged to work with their advisor in order to satisfy transfer requirements to specific programs at four-year institutions.

Total Elective Credits (minimum 14)

Colorado Mountain College Requirements

Colorado Mountain College requires its graduates to be proficient in computer use. To graduate, a student must demonstrate proficiency via an examination administered by the college or take CIS 118 . If you take the course, it will be applied to the elective credit.

Total Credits Earned (minimum 60)

  • State Guaranteed General Education Requirements (min. 31)
  • Environmental Studies Requirements (10)
  • COM 115  or COM 125  (3)
  • Wellness Requirements (min. 2)
  • Electives (min. 14)
  • Total credits toward Associate of Arts degree (min. 60)


◆ State Guaranteed Transfer Course

✽ Applies to CMC AA|AS Degree

For more information see Degree & Certificate Descriptions & Requirements .