Environmental Sustainability Associate in Arts Degree


The Environmental Sustainability Associate in Arts Degree provides students with an interdisciplinary understanding of the environmental, social, political, and economic connections between environmental issues and contemporary societies. It is a focused path of study designed to 1) prepare students to transfer to a CSU, UC or other four-year institution to major in Environmental Sustainability or related fields; 2) expose students to theoretical and applied environmental studies; and 3) prepare students to research, analyze, and propose holistic solutions for a sustainable future. This degree requires 24-25 units in the major in addition to other graduation requirements.

Required Core Courses: (15-16 Units)
GEOG 102 F Physical Geography3
or GEOG 102HF Honors Physical Geography
GEOG 120 FGlobal Environmental Problems3
ECON 101 F Principles of Economics - Micro3
or ECON 101HF Honors Principles of Economics - Micro
or ECON 102 F Principles of Economics - Macro
or ECON 102HF Honors Principles of Economics-Macro
HIST 273 F United States Environmental History3
SOSC 120 F Introduction to Probability and Statistics3-4
or SOSC 125 F Introduction to Research Methods
Applied Environmental Studies (3 Units): Select from the following3
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (formerly GEOG 281AF)3
Aerial Mapping and Photogrammetry3
Environmental/Earth/Life Sciences (3 Units): Select from the following3
Plants and People3
Marine Mammal Biology and Conservation3
Environmental Biology3
Environmental Biology Lab1
Introduction to the Natural History of Birds (formerly Birds of Southern California)1
Desert Natural History1
Geology and Marine Biology of the Channel Islands2
Earth Science Survey3
Survey of Natural Disasters3
Introduction to Weather and Climate3
Introduction to Climate Science3
Introduction to Oceanography3
Honors Introduction to Oceanography
Environmental Geology3
Physical Geography Lab1
Social Sciences (3 Units): Select from the following3
Cultural Anthropology3
Honors Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to American Indian Studies3
Contemporary Social Justice Movements3
Honors Contemporary Social Justice Movements
Global Geography3
Honors Global Geography
California Geography3
Cultural Geography3
Introduction to Ethics3
California Government and Politics3
Introduction to International Relations3
Introduction to Sociology3
Honors Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems3
Total Units24-25

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

Outcome 1: Explain the environmental, social, political, and economic connections contemporary environmental crises.

Outcome 2: Identify the patterns and disproportionalities of the root causes of environmental destruction and their impacts on global societies.

Outcome 3: Analyze the perspectives of diverse stakeholders in politics, business, agriculture, culture, social movements, science to inform decision-making in planning and governance.