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Sustainability Studies (BA) with Business Emphasis

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Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability Studies, Business Emphasis. The Business Emphasis in Sustainability Studies prepares students to pursue sustainability within the business environment as entrepreneurs, employees, leaders, and change makers. Students who pursue this degree learn to function effectively in the business world while embedding their work within a larger framework of sustainability-oriented thought and action.

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 preeminent 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.

This degree exposes the student to a broad diversity of academic disciplines that are pertinent to comprehending and creating solutions for the business, social, and environmental challenges facing us currently and in the future. It seeks to couple the knowledge, skills, and values of business and other 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.

Learn more about the Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability Studies .

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.




Lower Division (100-200 level) Business Course Requirements

7 credits, 2 courses.

State Guaranteed General Education Requirements

Mathematics (GT-MA1)

3 credits.  Remaining credit will go towards electives.

Physical and Life Science (GT-SC1)

7 credits.  Remaining 2 credits go toward electives.

Arts (GT-AH1-4)

6 credts.  2 courses.


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

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 Courses (minimum 34 credits)

Lower-division (100-200 level) Business Course Requirements (7 credits).  Note that BUS 115  and ACC 121  count as open electives for AA and AGS degrees while also fulfilling specific Business Emphasis requirements.

Additional Lower-division Electives From AA and AGS degree plans (17-19 credits)

Total Bachelor of Arts Sustainability Studies, Business Emphasis Credits Earned (minimum 60 credits)

Bachelor of Arts Sustainability Program Requirements (46 credits)

Upper-division (300-400 level) Business Course Requirements (12 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 .