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 provide for their own needs, is a field of concern and inquiry that overlaps a vast array of disciplines. Rather than focusing on one particular area of concern, the certificate in sustainability is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the issues, topics, and disciplines that sustainability encompasses. Courses in the certificate program will focus on the social, economic, institutional and environmental aspects of sustainable development as they relate to both human society and the non-human environment. The objectives of the certificate program are three fold: to introduce students to the ways that different disciplines affect and are affected by the field 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.

In contrast to MCC’s stand-alone, vocational certificates, the sustainability certificate is designed to complement the college’s associate degree programs by allowing a given student to earn credit toward his/her degree while at the same time pursuing what amounts to a minor field of study in sustainability. The certificate requires students to complete 16-20 credits of coursework relevant to the study of sustainability; students will complete at least one approved course in each of three core areas (natural science, social science, and humanities) and may choose the remaining six credits from the list of core courses or from a list of approved electives. Sustainability is becoming a priority in a number of fields, including business, agriculture, law, natural science, and technology. This certificate will provide evidence that a given student has completed a coherent course of study in the emerging field of sustainability.
The Certificate in Sustainability requires concurrent matriculation into a degree program. The program is not financial aid eligible.

Program Learning Outcomes
1) Describe the concept of sustainability.
2) Identify examples of sustainability issues.
3) Explain how natural, social, and economic systems are interrelated in understanding sustainability issues.
4) Explain connections between sustainability concepts and the student's everyday life.

Requirements for Program Entrance
Algebra (1 year high school math or placement into Level 4 Math at MCC).

Students must complete one course (3 hours) from each of the following core areas:

Distribution RequirementsCredit Hours
HUMANITIES: 3 Credit Hours
ENG 105 Introduction to Literature (GR Designation) OR
PHL 105 Technology and Values OR
SUS 101 Introduction to Sustainability **

SOCIAL SCIENCES*: 3 Credit Hours
GEG 102 Human Geography OR
SOC 209 Environmental Sociology OR
SUS 101 Introduction to Sustainability **
NATURAL SCIENCES*: 3-4 Credit Hours

BIO 116 Introduction to Environmental Science OR
BIO 260 General Ecology OR
GEG 130 Digital Earth OR
GEG 204 Climate Change: Past, Present, and Future OR
GEO 210 Environmental Geology

SVL 101 Service-Learning Seminar OR
Any course with a Service-Learning designation
ELECTIVES: 6-7 Credit Hours

Students must choose their remaining courses from the following.*

BIO 114 Natural History of Rochester

BIO 116 Introduction to Environmental Science

BIO 156 General Biology II

BIO 260 General Ecology

ECO 101 Introduction to Economics

ECO 112 Principles of Macroeconomics

GEG 102 Human Geography

GEG 104 Extreme Weather

GEG 130 Digital Earth
GEG 204 Extreme Climate
GEG 211 Economic Geography

GEO 108 Dangerous Earth - GR

PHL 105 Technology and Values

PHL 210 Human Rights & Democrat in Domestic and International Contexts

SOC 209 Environmental Sociology
GLS 100/SOC 210 Introduction to Global Studies
SUS 101 Introduction to Sustainability

* Consult the College Catalog as some of these courses have pre-requisites. **SUS 101 does not simultaneously fulfill both the humanities and social science requirements.