This award is not eligible for Financial Aid

The Academic Certificate (AC) in Sustainability is interdisciplinary and builds a strong academic expertise within a student's desired focus area of Sustainability. The focus areas are established within and among the foundational pillars of Sustainability (social - environmental - economic).


Field of Interest
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Degree Type
Academic Certificate (AC)
Academic Plan
Sustainability (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total credits required
Catalog Year
Effective Term
Fall 2021

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

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Explore the sustainable interaction between human and natural systems.
  2. Analyze the concept of sustainable development within local, regional, and global contexts.

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based wages* for this certificate. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health


* Career and wage information provided by Pipeline AZ using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources. Sources

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SSH111 Sustainable Cities G, HU, SB 3
SUS110 Sustainable World SB 3
RE Restricted Elective 3–4
RE Restricted Elective 3–4
RE Restricted Elective 3–4

Restricted Electives

Students must select three focus area classes.

A list of additional, alternative, or supplemental courses for this pathway map
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ASM104 Bones, Stones, and Human Evolution SB, SG 4
BIO105 Environmental Biology SQ 4
CHM107 and
Chemistry and Society and Chemistry and Society Laboratory SQ in combo w/ CHM107LL and SQ in combo w/ CHM107 4
COM263 Elements of Intercultural Communication C, G, SB 3
FON135 Sustainable Cooking 3
ECN212 Microeconomic Principles SB 3
EPS150 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 3
ENV101 Introduction to Environmental Science SG 4
GLG110 and
Geological Disasters and the Environment and Geological Disasters and the Environment Lab G; SQ in combo w/ GLG111 and G and SQ in combo w/ GLG110 4
GPH113 Introduction to Physical Geography SQ 4
PHI216 Environmental Ethics HU 3
PSY132 Psychology and Culture C, G, SB 3
SBU200 Society and Business G, SB 3
SUS100 Introduction to Sustainability G 3
SCT100 Introduction to Sustainable Built Environments 3
Course Area Key

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

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

This certificate is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

View MCCCD’s official curriculum documentation for additional details regarding the requirements of this award (

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