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Sustainability Academic Certificate (AC)

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Earn your Academic Certificate in Sustainability!


The Academic Certificate (AC) in Sustainability is interdisciplinary and builds a strong academic expertise along one of five significant pillars of sustainability, where students will examine and assess how to minimize unintended consequences and enhance a mutually productive relationship between man and nature. The five pillars are organized into specialized tracks, including land use and human transformations of the earth, competition for water and other natural resources from the earth systems, political and economic treatment of the earth, coupled human-environment interactions, and entrepreneurship for transforming ideas for sustainable products/services into viable businesses.

CIPS Code: 03.0104

Program Prerequisites: 0-6
Student selecting GPH211 or GPH210 must complete the following prerequisites:
Course # Course Title Credits
ENG101 *

ENG107 *
First-Year Composition (3)Shared Unique Number NumberENG1101
OR
First-Year Composition for ESL (3)
OR
Equivalent
3
Student selecting HRM290 must complete the following prerequisites:
HRM110 Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism Management 3
Required Courses 6
SSH111 Sustainable Cities 3
SUS110 Sustainable World 3
Restricted Electives 9-11
Students must select one (1) of the following five (5) tracks:
Please note: Rio Salado College is currently offering courses for Tracks I, II, III, and V. For course enrollment in Track IV, please see other MCCCD colleges
Track I: Sustainability: Earth Systems 10-11
Students will choose two (2) to three (3) courses from the following list:
Course # Course Title Credits
AGS260* Soils 4
BIO105 Environmental Biology 4
BIO108 Plants and Society 4
BIO181* General Biology (Majors) I Shared Unique Number NumberBIO1181 4
BIO182* General Biology (Majors) II Shared Unique Number NumberBIO1182 4
GLG110*

GLG111
Geological Disasters and the Environment (3)
AND
Geological Disasters and the Environment Lab (1)
3
GLG140 Introduction to Oceanography 3
GPH111 Introduction to Physical Geography 4
GPH211* Landform Processes 4
GLG213

GLG215*
Climate and Weather (3)
AND
Climate and Weather Laboratory (1)
3
CHM107

CHM107LL*
Chemistry and Society (3)
AND
Chemistry and Society Laboratory (1)
3
ASM104 Bones, Stones, and Human Evolution 4
AND
Students will choose one (1) course from the following list:
Course # Course Title Credits
ASB226 Human Impacts on Ancient Environments 3
COM263 Elements of Intercultural Communication 3
ENH206 Nature and Environmental Literature 3
ENH260 Literature of the Southwest 3
GCU102 Introduction to Human Geography 3
GCU141 Introduction to Economic Geography 3
HUM201 Humanities: Universal Themes 3
PHI216 Environmental Ethics 3
POS120 World Politics Shared Unique Number NumberPOS1120 3
RDG112* Successful College Reading for Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences or Technology 3
SBU200 Society and Business 3
SOC251 Social Problems Shared Unique Number NumberSOC2250 3
SUS100 Introduction to Sustainability 3
OR
Track II: Sustainability: Social, Political, Economic Treatment of the Earth 9-10
Students will choose two (2) courses from the following list:
Course # Course Title Credits
ASB102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
SUS100 Introduction to Sustainability 3
COM263 Elements of Intercultural Communication 3
ECN212 Microeconomic Principles Shared Unique Number NumberECN2202 3
ECN263* The Economics of Natural Resources, Population and the Environment 3
GCU102 Introduction to Human Geography 3
GCU141 Introduction to Economic Geography 3
HRM290* Ecotourisim 3
POS120 World PoliticsShared Unique Number NumberPOS1120 3
PSY132 Psychology and Culture 3
SBU200 Society and Business 3
SOC180 Social Implications of Technology 3
AND
Students will choose one (1) to two (2) courses from the following list:
BIO105 Environmental Biology 4
BIO181* General Biology (Majors) I Shared Unique Number NumberBIO1181 4
BIO182* General Biology (Majors) IIShared Unique Number NumberBIO1182 4
CHM107
CHM107LL *
Chemistry and Society (3)
AND
Chemistry and Society Laboratory (1)
3
ENH206 Nature and Environmental Literature 3
ENH260 Literature of the Southwest 3
GLG110

GLG111
Geological Disasters and the Environment (3)
AND
Geological Disasters and the Environment Lab (1)
4
GPH210* Society and Environment 3
HUM201 Humanities: Universal Themes 3
PHI216 Environmental Ethics 3
OR
Track III: Sustainability: Coupled Human-Environment Systems 9-10
Students will choose two (2) courses from the following list:
Course # Course Title Credits
ASB102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
SUS100 Introduction to Sustainability 3
ASB222

ASB223
Buried Cities and Lost Tribes: Old World (3)
OR
Buried Cities and Lost Tribes: New World (3)
3
ASB226 Human Impacts on Ancient Environments 3
COM263 Elements of Intercultural Communication 3
ENH206 Nature and Environmental Literature 3
ENH260 Literature of the Southwest 3
HUM201 Humanities: Universal Themes 3
PHI216 Environmental Ethics 3
REC150AB Outdoor Adventure Skills 3
AND
Students will choose one (1) to two (2) courses from the following list:
Course # Course Title Credits
ASM104 Bones, Stones, and Human Evolution 4
BIO105 Environmental Biology 4
BIO108 Plants and Society 4
BIO181* General Biology (Majors) I Shared Unique Number NumberBIO1181 4
BIO182* General Biology (Majors) II Shared Unique Number NumberBIO1182 4
CHM107

CHM107LL*
Chemistry and Society (3)
AND
Chemistry and Society Laboratory (1)
4
GLG110

GLG111
Geological Disasters and the Environment (3)
AND
Geological Disasters and the Environment Lab (1)
4
GPH210* Society and Environment 3
PHI104 World Philosophy 3
POS120 World Politics Shared Unique Number NumberPOS1120 3
OR
Track IV: Sustainability: Human Transformation of the Earth
Please note: Rio Salado College is currently offering courses for Tracks I, II, III, and V. For course enrollment in Track IV, please see other MCCCD colleges.
9-11
Students will choose 9-11 credits from the following list:
Course # Course Title Credits
ASB100 Introduction to Global Health 3
ASB226 Human Impacts on Ancient Environments 3
CNS205 Sustainable Construction/LEED Certification 3
ECE101 Origins of Science and Engineering 3
ECE111 Bioengineering Systems 3
FON135 Sustainable Cooking 3
FON143 Food and Culture 3
FON161 Sustainable Food Production Systems 3
HES210 Cultural Aspects of Health and Illness 3
INT170* Interior Materials 3
SCT100 Introduction to Sustainable Built Environments 3
SCT271AA*

SCT271AB*
Sustainable Design Internship (1)
AND
Sustainable Design Internship (2)
1-2
SOC180 Social Implications of Technology 3
WED124 Environmental Wellness 3
OR
Track V: Sustainability: Business and Entrepreneurship 10-11
Students will choose one (1) option from the following list:
Course # Course Title Credits
EPS150 

EPS195 
Introduction to Entrepreneurship (3)
AND
Business Start-Up and Planning (2)
5
MGT253 
MGT298AA *
SSH298AA *
Owning and Operating a Small Business (3)
AND
Special Project (1)
OR
Special Project (1)
5
AND
Students will choose one (1) option from the following list:
Course # Course Title Credits
GBS151 

GBS205 
Introduction to Business (3)
OR
Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues in Business (3)
3
AND
Students will choose one (1) option from the following list:
Course # Course Title Credits
ECN212 

SBU200 
Microeconomic Principles (3) Shared Unique Number NumberECN2202
OR
Society and Business (3)
3
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Notes

  • The total amount of credits required for this certificate is 15-17.
  • Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.
  • * Indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites.
  • Minimum GPA: 2.00