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Sustainability Studies (BA)

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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 solutions for the social and environmental challenges facing us currently and 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.

Program Admission  In order to be fully admitted to the Sustainability Studies program, you are required to earn an Associate Degree.  If you have completed 45 credits of lower-division (100-200 level) coursework and have taken the required prerequisites, you may be allowed to take up to 15 credits of upper-division (300-400 level) Sustainability Studies (SUS) coursework prior to completing an Associate Degree and being fully admitted to the program.

We also offer a Business Emphasis  in our Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability program .


Learn more about Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability Studies


Sustainability Studies Program Electives

Lower-division (100 - 200 level) electives from AA/AS/AGS degree plans (24 - 26 credits).

Sustainability program upper-division (300 - 400 level) electives (9 credits). See suggested list.

Sustainability program open (100 - 400 level) electives (5 credits). See suggested list.

No PED 100-249 or PED 275 courses allowed to fulfill elective requirements. Lower-division electives for AA/AS/AAS/AGS degrees will depend on degree choice.


Students are encouraged to consider courses that lead to completion of the Business Emphasis  or knowledge in another area of interest. Upper-division electives can be selected from both the Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability Studies and the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration . Following is a list of suggested upper-division sustainability courses, including SUS-387 Sustainability Internship. It is highly recommended that students seek academic advising in their degree planning.

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.

Total Credits Earned


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.


Total Associate Degree credits earned: (minimum 60 credits)

State Guaranteed General Education Requirements (minimum 31 credits)
COM 115  or COM 125   (3 credits)
Lower-division Total Electives from AA/AS/AAS/AGS Degree Plans (26 credits)

Bachelor of Arts Sustainability Studies credits earned:  (minimum 60 credits)

Bachelor of Arts Sustainability Program Requirements (46 credits)
*Sustainability Program Electives (14 credits)

Total Credits Earned (minimum 120 credits)





◆ 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 .