Course Descriptions



101 - Introduction to Sustainability - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 101 or English 105, with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6.
This course introduces students to an interdisciplinary examination of the theory and practices of sustainability. Sustainability can be defined as meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Topics include restoring ecological and environmental health, creating economic welfare, and ensuring social justice. This course is intended for students interested in Sustainability, Environmental Ethics, and Peace Studies. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

102 - Environmental Ethics - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in: Sustainability 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level R6 and W6; Philosophy 100 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course allows students to gain an understanding of the field of moral philosophy as it pertains to environmental issues. Ethical theories are analyzed through application to issues such as: population growth, future generations, biodiversity, animal rights, pollution, energy use and consumption. This course is intended for students interested in Sustainability, Environmental Science, Philosophy, Biology, Sociology, Geology, Ecology, and Peace Studies. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

103 - Ecological Commerce - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in: Sustainability 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level R6 and W6.
This course examines sustainable business practices and their environmental, ethical, and economic impact. Students evaluate green business models to determine the effectiveness and assess the limitation of the model. Topics include ecological economics, business accountability, resource consumption and how to “green” a business. This course is intended for students interested in Sustainability, Business, Environmental Ethics and Peace Studies. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

250 - Field Experience In Sustainability - 16 - 54 total hours lecture, 32-108 total other hours, 1-3 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Sustainability 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level R6 and W6.
Students in this course develop and implement field experience projects under the supervision of college faculty. In cooperation with the staff of community organizations and agencies, students design these projects to assist the college’s neighborhood communities. Students gain hands-on experience in project planning, development, implementation and evaluation. Students meet regularly with faculty and peers to receive feedback, support and guidance in their community projects. This course may be repeated up to two times, but the total units earned may not exceed three units. This course is intended for students interested in Sustainability. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.