Liberal Arts and Sciences/Sustainability Studies

Degree offered

Associate in Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences (Sustainability Studies)

Credits required 60-63

Dean

Kathleen Pearle, kathleen.pearle@bristolcc.edu

Program contact

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

Program Code: LA

Concentration Code:  LAS

Program Goals Statement

The goal of this interdisciplinary program is to provide students the opportunity to delve deeply into societal issues of sustainability and to develop appropriate knowledge and responses to meet current and future ecological challenges.  The Sustainability Studies program prepares students to recognize and address sustainability issues in multiple social settings, including work, school, community engagement, civic life, volunteerism, and home life.

Student Learning Outcomes

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Program Information

The Sustainability Studies Program immerses students in the societal impacts related to climate change and resource depletions.

  • Students are prepared to recognize, anticipate and respond appropriately to ecological challenges in multiple settings.
  • It encourages students to consider practical human dimensions of climate change and resource depletion events.
  • Study in a cluster allows students to envision and apply sustainability knowledge to a specific field.
  • Hands-on experience provides students with practical knowledge and skills to address ecological challenges.

After BCC

  • Graduates will be able to work as sustainability coordinators, sustainability consultants, recycling directors, waste reduction specialists, environmental responsibility analysts, and resource management specialists.
  • Graduates may be employed within public and private sectors, governmental and non-governmental agencies, and profit and non-profit organizations.  Among the areas of employment are social and human service agencies, school departments and districts, colleges and universities, socio-economic development agencies, restaurant and hospitality services, business and industry, hospital and nursing home operations and community planning boards.
  • Graduates may continue their studies at a four-year degree-granting institution in Sustainability Studies.  Depending on the area of concentration chosen, students may continue in Engineering, Health and Health Sciences, Hospitality, Sustainable Agriculture, Ecological Sciences or Water Management.

Degree Requirements

General Courses

COM 101Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3 credits

CSS 101College Success Seminar

1 credit

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

HST 114United States History from 1877

3 credits

ART 151Digital Photography

1 credit

Total Credit Hours:14

Elective Courses - Choose One Technical Literacy Course

ART 240Introduction to Visual Communication

3 credits

CIS 110Basic Computing Skills

3 credits

COM 157Television Production

3 credits

COM 159Video Field Production and Editing

3 credits

EGR 103Computer Skills for Engineers and Technicians

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15
EGR 103 is recommended for Engineering, Environmental Studies, Water and Water Management Clusters.

Elective Courses - Choose One Mathematics Course

MTH 119Fundamental Statistics

3 credits

MTH 125Modern College Mathematics

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:6

Elective Courses - Choose One Laboratory Science Course

BIO 111General Biology I

4 credits

SCI 115Science and Care of Plants

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:8
BIO 111 - Recommended for Health and Health Science Clusters

Program Courses

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

SCI 110Science vs. Pseoudoscience

3 credits

HUM 150Ecoliteracy, Education and Society

3 credits

SUS 201Sustainability, Human Rights, and Climate Justice

3 credits

SOC 253Environmental Sociology: Ecology and the Built Environment

3 credits

SUS 203Sustainable Economics: The Rise of the New Economy

3 credits

SUS 204Civic Engagement: Sustainability Capstone Project

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:27

Program Electives - Choose Three of the Following

BIO 117Physiology of Wellness

3 credits

BIO 220Introduction to Nutrition

3 credits

EGR 102Introduction to Sustainable and Green Energy Technologies

3 credits

EGR 141Introduction to Environment

3 credits

EGR 183Energy Efficiency and Conservation Measures

3 credits

EGR 241Wastewater Technology I

3 credits

EGR 244Water Supply and Hydrology

4 credits

HLT 115Personal and Community Health

3 credits

AGR 114Sustainable Agriculture I

4 credits

AGR 115Sustainable Agriculture II

4 credits

SCI 112Principles of Ecology

4 credits

SCI 119Coastal Science

4 credits

SCI 240Introduction to Oceanography

4 credits

SOC 216Food, Famine, and Farming in the Global Village

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:48

Recommended Electives for the following Sustainability fields of interest:

Engineering:  EGR 102, EGR 141 & EGR 183
Environmental Studies:  EGR 102, EGR 141 & EGR 244
Health and Health Sciences:  BIO 117, BIO 220 & HLT 115
Science:  SCI 112, SCI 119 & SCI 240
Sustainable Agriculture:  AGR 114, AGR 115, & SOC 116
Water and Water Management:  EGR 141, EGR 241 & EGR 244

Ordinarily, students should complete the required General Courses as early as possible.

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

CSS 101College Success Seminar

1 credit

BIO 111General Biology I

4 credits

Or

SCI 115Science and Care of Plants

4 credits

ART 151Digital Photography

1 credit

Total Credit Hours:19
BIO 111 or SCI 115 recommended for Health and Health Science cluster.

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 2

SUS 102Resilient Sustainability: Preparing for the Future

3 credits

SUS 104Sustainability from Different Perspectives - 12 Faculty

3 credits

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

HUM 150Ecoliteracy, Education and Society

3 credits

And

EGR 102Introduction to Sustainable and Green Energy Technologies

3 credits

Or

HLT 115Personal and Community Health

3 credits

Or

SCI 112Principles of Ecology

4 credits

Or

SOC 216Food, Famine, and Farming in the Global Village

3 credits

Or

EGR 141Introduction to Environment

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:28
Recommended first course from chosen cluster:
Engineering:  EGR 102
Environmental Studies:  EGR 102
Health and Health Sciences:  HLT 115
Science:  SCI 112
Sustainable Agriculture:  SOC 216
Water and Water Management:  EGR 141

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 3

SUS 201Sustainability, Human Rights, and Climate Justice

3 credits

SUS 203Sustainable Economics: The Rise of the New Economy

3 credits

HST 114United States History from 1877

3 credits

And

MTH 119Fundamental Statistics

3 credits

Or

MTH 125Modern College Mathematics

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15
Recommended second course from chosen cluster:
Engineering:  EGR 141
Environmental Studies:  EGR 141
Health and Health Sciences:  BIO 117
Science:  SCI 119
Sustainable Agriculture:  AGR 114
Water and Waste Water Management:  EGR 241

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 4

SOC 253Environmental Sociology: Ecology and the Built Environment

3 credits

SUS 204Civic Engagement: Sustainability Capstone Project

3 credits

COM 101Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3 credits

And

CIS 110Basic Computing Skills

3 credits

Or

COM 157Television Production

3 credits

Or

COM 159Video Field Production and Editing

3 credits

Or

ART 240Introduction to Visual Communication

3 credits

Or

EGR 103Computer Skills for Engineers and Technicians

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:24
EGR 103 Recommended for Engineering, Environmental Studies, Water and Water Management

Recommended third course from chosen cluster:

Engineering:  EGR 183
Environmental Studies:  EGR 244
Health and Health Sciences:  BIO 220
Science:  SCI 240
Sustainable Agriculture:  AGR 115
Water and Water Management:  EGR 244
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