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Sustainability Studies

Sustainability Studies (BA)

Picture of student earning his Sustainability Studies (BA) degree at CMC.Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability Studies. Sustainability is defined as the union of a healthy environment, a vital economy, and social equity (E3). Sustainability is an  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 in, and work in a world that will be significantly different from the past in its pursuit of sustainable solutions.

A comprehensive SUS Advising Guide  for program students, counselors, and faculty advisors is available online. This guide includes information on many best practices for pursing your degree and future employment.

Learn more about Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability Studies

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:

  • Take  , Environmental Ethics


  • 3 additional credits from the following courses


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.  HIS 207  is highly recommended as the history course selection for Sustainability Studies majors.

Sustainability Studies Program Electives

24-26 credits required to complete the Associate's Degree required for admission to the Program. An additional 14 credits required for students admitted to the program. Total elective credits required: 38-40, including 9 upper division credits (300-400 level).

Students are encouraged to take courses that lead to an emphasis or concentration, where appropriate, especially upper-division sustainability courses, including SUS-387, Sustainability Internship.  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.  Nine of the program elective credits must be upper-division (300-400 level) courses.  Upper-division courses are offered in the following programs:  Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability Studies and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.  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)

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.


Business Emphasis Area (22 Credits)

Lower-division Business Program Requirements

(10 additional credits beyond existing major requirements)

Upper-division Business Program Requirements

(6 credits)  Select 2 of the following:


◆ State Guaranteed Transfer Course

✽ Applies to CMC AA/AS/AGS Degrees

Note:  Not all programs/courses are available at every campus and may require travel to another campus or access via distance learning (IVS, hybrid, or online).

For more information see Degree & Certificate Descriptions & Requirements  .