Sustainability Studies

Discover how you can save the planet in this unique sustainability transfer program.

Sustainable practices are not only good for the earth, they’re good for careers in business, health care, fashion, journalism, hospitality, technology, law, and tourism—to name just a few!

In the sustainability studies associate degree program at Monroe Community College, you’ll gain a deep and broad understanding of the issues, topics and disciplines that surround sustainability. Sustainability professors are passionate about their subjects and practice what they teach.

This unique transfer program gives you an excellent foundation for future studies in a wide range of disciplines. You could start your career with one of these job titles:

  • Soil and water conservationist
  • Travel guide
  • Buyer and purchasing agent
  • Urban planner
  • Climate change analyst
  • Zoologist and wildlife biologist

Think About the Future in Whole New Ways

Sustainability is grounded on the conviction that we should develop ways to meet our present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

The sustainability studies A.S. program provides you with an understanding of how social, economic, institutional, and environmental aspects of sustainability relate to both the human and the non-human environment.

You’ll study the interrelated trends of population growth, resource consumption and technological progress. You’ll also analyze how individual actions affect social, economic, and environmental systems, and design a solution to a sustainability-related problem.

A diverse range of employers look for professionals with sustainability backgrounds:

  • Unity Health Systems
  • Xerox Corporation
  • University of Rochester
  • Nixon Peabody LLP
  • Haley & Aldrich
  • Carestream Health

To find out more about the sustainability studies associate degree from Monroe Community College, contact the admissions office at admissions@monroecc.edu or (585) 292-2200.


SUSTAINABILITY STUDIES

A.S. Degree - Transfer Program

Department:Biology

School(s): Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)

CIP Code: 30.3301
MCC Program Code: SC02
NYSED Code (BRI): 34872
NYSED Code (DCC): 34873

Description
Sustainability, which is grounded on the conviction that societies should develop ways to meet their present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, is a field of concern and inquiry that involves a wide range of disciplines. The degree program is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of those issues, topics, and disciplines that sustainability encompasses. Courses in the program will focus on the social, economic, institutional, and environmental aspects of sustainability as they relate to both human society and the non-human environment. The objectives of the sustainability program are three fold: to introduce students to the ways that different disciplines contribute to the work of sustainability; to help students understand the complex web of cause and effect that interconnects those disciplines; and to connect an understanding of sustainability to larger issues of energy, the environment, social and economic justice, agriculture, etc.

Program Learning Outcomes
1) Describe how natural social and economic systems are interrelated.
2) Evaluate the interrelated trends of population growth resource consumption and technological progress since the Industrial revolution.
3) Analyze how individual actions affect the sustainability of social economic or environmental systems.
4) Design a solution to sustainability-related problem.

Employment Potential
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Requirements for Program Entrance
Level 8 Math or completion of MTH 104 with a C or higher or Algebra II with Trigonometry with a C or higher. Biology. Chemistry.

Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
SCIENCE TRACK
FIRST SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
3
PHL 103 Introduction to Ethics3
BIO 116 Introduction to Environmental Science3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - OTHER WORLD CIVILIZATIONS OR WESTERN CIVILIZATIONS ELECTIVE3
Total15
SECOND SEMESTER: 14 Credit Hours
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - AMERICAN HISTORY, *** OR FOREIGN LANGUAGE OR THE ARTS ELECTIVE3
MTH 165 or higher*3
BIO 155 General Biology I4
GEO 101 Physical Geology OR
GEG 100 Physical Geography Laboratory I AND GEG 101 Physical Geography

4
Total14
THIRD SEMESTER: 16 Credit Hours
ECO 111 Principles of Microeconomics3
GEG 102 Human Geography OR
SOC 209 Environmental Sociology
3
BIO 156 General Biology II OR
BIO 260 General Ecology
4
CHE 151 General College Chemistry I4
PHYSICAL/HEALTH EDUCATION ELECTIVE2
Total16
FOURTH SEMESTER: 17 Credit Hours
ECO 112 Principles of Macroeconomics3
MATHEMATICS OR NATURAL SCIENCES ELECTIVE3
PHY 145 College Physics I OR
PHY 154 General Physics I OR
PHY 161 University Physics I
4
PROGRAM ELECTIVE**3
CHE 152 General College Chemistry II4
Total17
TOTAL CREDITS62
SUSTAINABILITY STUDIES TRACK
FIRST SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
3
PHL 103 Introduction to Ethics3
BIO 116 Introduction to Environmental Science3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - OTHER WORLD CIVILIZATIONS OR WESTERN CIVILIZATIONS ELECTIVE3
Total15
SECOND SEMESTER: 17 Credit Hours
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - AMERICAN HISTORY, *** OR FOREIGN LANGUAGE OR THE ARTS ELECTIVE3
MTH 165 or higher*3
BIO 155 General Biology I4
GEO 101 Physical Geology OR
GEG 100 Physical Geography Laboratory I AND GEG 101 Physical Geography

4
POS 101 Introduction to Political Science OR
POS 102 American National Government
3
Total17
THIRD SEMESTER: 16 Credit Hours
BIO 156 General Biology OR
GEO 101 Physical Geology
4
ECO 111 Principles of Microeconomics3
GEG 102 Human Geography OR
SOC 209 Environmental Sociology
3
PHYSICAL/HEALTH EDUCATION ELECTIVE2
CHE 151 General College Chemistry I4
Total16
FOURTH SEMESTER: 16 Credit Hours
MTH 160 Statistics I3
BIO 260 General Ecology4
ECO 112 Principles of Macroeconomics3
MATHEMATICS OR NATURAL SCIENCES ELECTIVE3
PROGRAM ELECTIVE**3
Total16
TOTAL CREDITS64
TOTAL CREDITS62-64

* Mathematics course requirement should be selected with guidance from a faculty advisor. MTH 175 is recommended for students pursuing the Sustainability Studies: Science Track.

**PROGRAM ELECTIVES
AGS 101; BIO 114, BIO 118, BIO 156, BIO 195, BIO 230; GEG 102, GEG 104, GEG 211, GEG 218; GEO 108 formerly GEO 137, GEO 210; MTH 160, MTH 161; PHL 105, PHL 210; SOC 102, SOC 202, SOC 209, SOC 210; any course section with a GR (Sustainability) or SV (Service Learning) designation.

***If below 85 on U.S. History Regents Exam, choose from HIS 111, HIS 112. If 85 or above on U.S. History Regents Exam, choose from: HIS 103, HIS 104, HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 200, HIS 211, HIS 240, HSM 103, POS 102.

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