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Sustainability and Ecological Literacy

Earn a Sustainability and Ecological Literacy Certificate

The interdisciplinary Academic Certificate (AC) in Sustainability and Ecological Literacy enhances students’ understanding of sustainable living practices associated with economics, equity and the environment. Through a combination of coursework and experiential learning, students engage in critical thinking, inquiry, and discourse, skills necessary for becoming socially responsible citizens who are ecologically and environmentally aware. The certificate is designed for, although not limited to, students seeking an Associate in Arts Degree and planning transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

CIPS Code: 03.0104

Program Prerequisites

Program Prerequisites 3
Course # Course Title Credits
ENG101 *
ENG107 *
First Year Composition Shared Unique Number Number ENG1101 (3) OR
First Year Composition for ESL (3)

Required Courses

Required Courses 7
Course # Course Title Credits
PHI216 * Environmental Ethics 3
Environmental Biology (4) OR
Geological Disasters and the Environment (3) AND
Geological Disasters and the Environment Lab (1)

Restricted Electives

Course # Course Title Credits
Humanities, Social Science and Wellness 9
Students will choose 2 different courses from the following list 6
ECN263 * The Economics of Natural Resources, Population and the Environment (3)
ENH206 Nature and Environmental Literature (3)
ENH260 Literature of the Southwest (3)
HUM201 Humanities: Universal Themes (3)
REC150AB Outdoor Adventure Skills (3)
SBU200 Society and Business (3)
Students will choose 1 course from the following list 3
HIS110 World History to 1500 (3)
HIS111 World History 1500 to the Present (3)
HUM250 Ideas and Values in the Humanities (3)
PHI104 World Philosophy (3)
POS120 World Politics Shared Unique Number Number POS1120 (3)
PSY132 Psychology and Culture (3)
SOC101 Introduction to Sociology Shared Unique Number Number SOC1101 (3)


  • The total amount of credits required for this certificate is 16.
  • Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses within the program.
  • * Indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites.
  • Minimum GPA: 2.00
  • Not all classes are offered every semester. Contact an academic advisor for additional information