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Sustainability and Ecological Literacy


Major Code: 6232
Award: AC
CIPS Code: 03.0104
Total Credits: 16

Description: 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.

Program Notes

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses within the program.

Program Prerequisites

Credits: 3
ENG101First Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First Year Composition for ESL (3) 3

Required Courses

Credits: 7
PHI216Environmental Ethics 3
BIO105Environmental Biology (4) OR
GLG110Geological Disasters and the Environment (3) AND
GLG111Geological Disasters and the Environment Lab (1) 4

Restricted Electives

Credits: 9
Humanities, Social Science and Wellness: Credits:
Students will choose 2 different courses from the following list:
ECN263The Economics of Natural Resources, Population and the Environment (3)
ENH206Nature and Environmental Literature (3)
ENH260Literature of the Southwest (3)
HUM201Humanities: Universal Themes (3)
REC150ABOutdoor Adventure Skills (3)
SBU200Society and Business (3) 6
Students will choose 1 course from the following list:
HIS110World History to 1500 (3)
HIS111World History 1500 to the Present (3)
HUM250Ideas and Values in the Humanities (3)
PHI104World Philosophy (3)
POS120World Politics (3)
PSY132Psychology and Culture (3)
SOC101Introduction to Sociology (3) 3

Program Competencies

  • 1. Apply ethical theories and moral principles to global environmental moral issues. (PHI216)

  • 2. Analyze pragmatic and intrinsic perspectives of ecology. (PHI216)

  • 3. Compose oral and written discourse that defends a position on global environmental issues. (PHI216, BIO105, GLG110)

  • 4. Use variety of analytical tools to critically analyze environmental quality and natural resource problems. (BIO105, ECN263, GLG110)

  • 5. Analyze various cultural perspectives on the environment. (ENH206, ENH260, HUM201, REC150AB, SBU200)

  • 6. Demonstrate cognitive and socio-emotional awareness of nature. (PHI216, BIO105, GLG110, GLG111)

Offered through the Sustainability and Ecological Literacy program

All information published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change.

Complete information for AC - Sustainability and Ecological Literacy can be found HERE

Please refer to the MCCCD CCTA website for official information on all programs.