Sustainability Studies

Degree offered

Certificate of Achievement in Sustainability Studies

Credits required 28

Dean

Kathleen Pearle, kathleen.pearle@bristolcc.edu

Program contact

Nancy Lee Wood, Professor of Sociology, nancylee.wood@bristolcc.edu

Program Code: SN

Program Goals Statement

The goal of this Social Science-based, interdisciplinary sustainability program is to provide a "fast-track" educational option that allows students to become familiar with general ecological issues, challenges, and opportunities.  It is designed for students to delve deeply into societal issues brought on by climate change, resource depletions, and species extinctions and to develop relevant knowledge, responses, and adaptations to current and future ecological challenges.  While students of all backgrounds will find this program useful, it is ideal for students who already have post-secondary educational experience and/or who are working in a field in which they would like to apply sustainability knowledge.

Program Information

  • Students are required to consider practical human dimensions of ecological issues and their impacts on human societies.
  • Students are prepared to recognize, anticipate, and respond knowledgeably to ecological challenges in multiple societal settings.
  • Students are required to identify ways in which sustainability knowledge applies to their field of interest and/or to their sphere of employment.
  • Students are encouraged to explore ways in which sustainability education applies to civic and personal life. 

After BCC

  • Graduates will be able to work as Sustainability Consultants in numerous areas (e.g., schools, government agencies, community service organizations, public health sectors, business organizations).
  • Graduates, already employed in their chosen field, will be able to incorporate sustainability knowledge into their current work (e.g., education, social work, urban planning, public health, business management).
  • Graduates will be able to transfer to other colleges and universities that offer related programs (e.g., Environmental Studies, Sustainability Studies, Urban Studies, Social Work, Education, and Business).
  • Students will be able to enhance and supplement their studies with a Certificate in Sustainability while completing academic work in their major.

Program Requirements

Program Courses

ART 151Digital Photography

1 credit

COM 101Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3 credits

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

HUM 150Ecoliteracy, Education and Society

3 credits

SCI 110Science vs. Pseoudoscience

3 credits

SUS 101Sustainability and Humankind's Dilemma: Life on a Tough New Planet

3 credits

SUS 102Resilient Sustainability: Preparing for the Future

3 credits

SUS 104Sustainability from Different Perspectives - 12 Faculty

3 credits

SUS 203Sustainable Economics: The Rise of the New Economy

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:25

Elective - Choose One

SUS 201Sustainability, Human Rights, and Climate Justice

3 credits

SOC 253Environmental Sociology: Ecology and the Built Environment

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:1

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

SUS 101Sustainability and Humankind's Dilemma: Life on a Tough New Planet

3 credits

SCI 110Science vs. Pseoudoscience

3 credits

HUM 150Ecoliteracy, Education and Society

3 credits

ART 151Digital Photography

1 credit

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

COM 101Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3 credits

SUS 102Resilient Sustainability: Preparing for the Future

3 credits

SUS 104Sustainability from Different Perspectives - 12 Faculty

3 credits

SUS 203Sustainable Economics: The Rise of the New Economy

3 credits

SUS 201Sustainability, Human Rights, and Climate Justice

3 credits

Or

SOC 253Environmental Sociology: Ecology and the Built Environment

3 credits

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