Sep 27, 2020  
College Catalog 2019-2020 
College Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sustainability Studies Option, Arts and Science, A.A.

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Kate Maiolatesi, 413.552.2462,


The Sustainability Studies degree option prepares students to pursue careers in sustainable living, in fields such as: health and safety, energy and climate change, environmental research and engineering, public policy and law, resource conservation, corporate social responsibility, urban planning, advocacy, and political science. The program provides a cross-disciplinary approach to learning that enables students to integrate skills and knowledge from multiple sources and experiences, and apply their understanding to personal, professional, and civic life. Transfer opportunities may exist with regional colleges and universities.


Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Understand and experience a sense of community.
  • Develop an awareness of the necessity for humans to live in tune with the environment.
  • Become familiar with the basic scientific concepts and principles in relation to ecological thinking.
  • Critically examine environmental issues and formulate a position based on science.


Sufficient to complete 60 credit graduation requirement



1If student is planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree, please speak to the transfer coordinator for proper advisement on course selection.

Only 6 non-Arts and Science credits may be taken towards an A.A. degree.

Transfer opportunities exist with integrated programs at numerous colleges and universities including the following regional institutions:

  1. Westfield State University Interdisciplinary Environmental Science Major
  2. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Multidisciplinary Environmental Studies Major
  3. University of Massachusetts at Amherst - Sustainability Studies
  4. University of Vermont Integrated Environmental Studies Program
  5. Amherst College Environmental Studies Program

No articulation agreements are currently in place; these are only possible schools and programs.

For those students interested specifically in Environmental Science, please refer to the Environmental Science Degree Program.

This program qualifies for MassTransfer, which guarantees credit transfer to Massachusetts state colleges universities. MassTransfer also will grant students automatic acceptance to certain state colleges and universities by achieving the minimum grade point average and the HCC degree.

Depending on course selection, 50% of this program can be completed online.  Go to Online Learning  for more information.


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