Sustainability and Ecological Literacy

This award is not eligible for Financial Aid

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.


Field of Interest
Culture and Society
Degree Type
Academic Certificate (AC)
Academic Plan
Sustainability and Ecological Literacy (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total credits required
Effective Term
Fall 2023

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.
This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

What You'll Learn
  • Apply ethical theories and moral principles to global environmental moral issues. (PHI216)
  • Analyze pragmatic and intrinsic perspectives of ecology. (PHI216)
  • Compose oral and written discourse that defends a position on global environmental issues. (PHI216, BIO105, GLG110)
  • Use variety of analytical tools to critically analyze environmental quality and natural resource problems. (BIO105, ECN263, GLG110)
  • Analyze various cultural perspectives on the environment. (ENH206, ENH260, HUM201, RPM150AB, SBU200)
  • Demonstrate cognitive and socio-emotional awareness of nature. (PHI216, BIO105, GLG110, GLG111)
Program prerequisites
Course #Course TitleCredits
ENG101First Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First Year Composition for ESL (3)3
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
PHI216Environmental Ethics3
BIO105Environmental Biology (4) OR
GLG110Geological Disasters and the Environment (3) AND
GLG111Geological Disasters and the Environment Lab (1)4
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Humanities, Social Science and Wellness: Credits:9
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)
RPM150ABOutdoor 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: Early Civilizations to the Renaissance (3)
PHI104World Philosophy (3)
POS120World Politics (3)
PSY132Psychology and Culture (3)
SOC101Introduction to Sociology (3)3

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