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Sustainability Studies

Sustainability Studies (BA)

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Picture of student earning his Sustainability Studies (BA) degree at CMC.Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability Studies. Sustainability is defined as the union of the Environment, Economy, and Equity (E3). Sustainability is a broad new interdisciplinary concept that has become pre-eminent within twenty-first century global society. It concerns the attempt to understand how focusing on the growth of human society, rather than its development, threatens the future health and well-being of humans and the natural world in which we live. Most critically, it seeks whole picture solutions that advance not only human well-being, but also the health of the planet. The degree exposes the student to a broad diversity of academic disciplines that are pertinent to comprehending and creating resolutions for the social and environmental challenges facing us in the future. It seeks to couple the knowledge, skills, and values of these disciplines with practical, hands-on experiences outside of the classroom, in order for the successful graduate to be able to effectively understand, live, and work in a world that will be significantly different from the past in its pursuit of sustainable solutions.

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State Guaranteed General Education Requirements

Mathematics (GT-MA1)

3 or more credits.  Credits over 3 will be added to the electives.

Physical and Life Science (GT-SC1)

7 credits; remaining 2 credits go towards electives

Arts and Humanities (GT-AH1, GT-AH2, GT-AH3, GT-AH4)

6 credits from the following courses; 1 must be PHI 218.

Social & Behavioral Sciences (GT-HI1 & GT-SS1)

2 courses; 6 credits.  1 must be a GT history course (GT-HI1) and 1 must be ECO 201, ECO 202, or ECO 245.

Sustainability Studies Program Electives

14 credits

Students are encouraged to take courses that lead to an emphasis or concentration, where appropriate, especially upper-division sustainability courses.  Electives may be any courses numbered 100-499; guaranteed transfer, general transfer, or CTE program courses in the course description section of this catalog, and CIS 118 , if required.  No PED 100-249 or PED 275  courses allowed for this requirement.  It is highly recommended that students seek academic advising in their degree planning.

Total Credits Earned

State Guaranteed General Education Requirements (minimum 31 credits)
COM 115  or COM 125  (3 credits)
Lower-division Electives from AA/AS/AAS/AGS Degree Plans (24-26 credits)
Wellness Requirement (minimum 2 credits) for AA, AS, and AGS students only
Sustainability Program Requirements (46 credits)
*Sustainability Program Open Electives (14 credits)

* Sustainability Program electives should be selected with consultation of an adviser and may include both upper and lower-division courses numbered 100-499 in the catalog.  As upper-division elective courses in Sustainability Studies are developed, students should find these both interesting and vital for expanding their knowledge for future employment.

Total Credits Earned (minimum 120 credits)


Additional Requirements for Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Science (AS), and Associate of General Studies (AGS) Students:

  • Wellness Requirements Transfer Level (*) PED/OUT/DAN courses or HWE 100  or HWE 111  : 2 credits
  • Colorado Mountain College requires its AA, AS, and AGS 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 3-credit course, it will be applied to the open elective credits.



◆ State Guaranteed Transfer Course

✽ Applies to CMC AA/AS/AGS Degrees

For more information see Degree & Certificate Descriptions & Requirements .

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