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Environmental Studies AA Video

Associate of Arts: Environmental Studies

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Picture of students earning their Environmental Studies Emphasis (AA) degree at CMC.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 courses such as 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.  At CMC this program is a primary pathway to the Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability Studies  degree.

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 Academic Programs at Colorado Mountain College. Not every course is offered on every campus.

Learn more about the Environmental Studies Program

State Guaranteed General Education Requirements

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

Communication (GT-CO1-3)

3 courses.  9 credits total.  6 credits ENG (select either  ENG 121 and ENG 122, or ENG 122 and ENG 201).  Plus 3 credits COM (select either COM 115 or COM 125).

Physical and Life Science (GT-SC1)

7 credits from the following courses. Credits over 7 will be applied to the electives category. 

Arts & Humanities (GT-AH1-4)

2 courses (6 credits)

Social & Behavioral Sciences

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

Human Behavior, Culture, & Social Frameworks (GT-SS3)



  • 1 additional course from Arts & Humanities or Social & Behavioral Sciences courses listed above.  3.0 Credits.

Wellness Requirements Transfer Level (✽)

2 credits.

Environment Studies Electives

14 credits from courses numbered 100-299 that are Guaranteed Transfer (◆) or General Transfer (✽) in the Course Description section and CIS 118 , if required.  No PED or activity-based OUT 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/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 .

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