Nov 30, 2023  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

Environmental Sustainability Studies, AA

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Recommended basic skills courses are

  • College Readiness in English
  • College Readiness for Quantitative Literacy

This interdisciplinary program studies the interconnections between social, economic, and environmental systems. The program seeks to understand the complex interactions and relationships humans have with the natural world. Students develop critical and systems thinking skills to analyze real-world problems and evaluate sustainable solutions. The program provides students with opportunities to learn in the field, engage with industry leaders, and work on real-world projects.

The curriculum in this program is designed to prepare students to transfer to a baccalaureate institution and complete a four-year degree in an environmental or sustainability related field of study. This program prepares students for a wide variety of careers, including conservation scientists, sustainability specialists, environmental planners, industrial ecologists, and compliance managers. While a baccalaureate or higher degree is recommended for those considering professional careers related to this field, earning the Associate degree will demonstrate achievement and support pursuit of entry-level employment.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Environmental Sustainability Studies degree program, students should be able to:

  • Evaluate the relevance of context when presenting a position and identify assumptions
  • Explain information presented in mathematical forms (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, words)
  • Convert information into and between various mathematical forms (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, words)
  • Select or develop elements of the methodology or theoretical framework to solve problems in a given discipline
  • Examine evidence to identify patterns, differences, similarities, limitations, and/or implications related to the focus
  • Utilize multiple representations to interpret the data
  • State a conclusion based on findings
  • Demonstrate how their own attitudes, behaviors, or beliefs compare or relate to those of other individuals, groups, communities, or cultures
  • Examine diverse perspectives when investigating social and behavioral topics within natural or human systems
  • Make connections between the world-views, power structures, and experiences of individuals, groups, communities, or cultures, in historical or contemporary contexts

Note: If you plan on pursuing a bachelor’s degree, it is critical to meet with an academic advisor to ensure your course credits will be accepted at your transfer institution. Full list of requirements can be found at Associate of Arts Degrees, AA .

Written Communication

Six (6) credit hours. Two GT Pathways English courses (CO1, CO2, CO3)

Oral Communication

Three (3) credit hours


Three to four (3-4) credit hours. One GT Pathways course (GT-MA1).

Arts and Humanities

Six (6) credit hours


Required Course

Suggested Course


Three (3) credit hours


Social and Behavioral Sciences

Nine (9) credit hours


One additional required GT Pathways course from Social and Behavioral Sciences (SS1, SS2, SS3)

Natural and Physical Sciences

Eight (8) credit hours

  including at least one (1) lab course (SC1).


Eight to thirteen (8-13) credit hours. Any additional courses in the following areas: BIO, GEO, GEY listed above in the additional required area OR from the prefixes of ANT, ART, CHE, COM, ENG, ENV, HIS, JOU, LIT, PHY, POS, or SUS.

Total Credit Hours: 60

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