|MCC to Launch Sustainability Degree in Fall (03/12/2012)
Interdisciplinary approach enables students to apply learning to different career fields
ROCHESTER, N.Y. –March 12, 2012- Students interested in the environment and careers in the “green collar” job sector will be able to pursue a sustainability degree at Monroe Community College.
Approved by the New York State Department of Education and the State University of New York, the Sustainability (Associate of Science) degree program is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of sustainability as an interdisciplinary field. Students will gain knowledge about the ways that different disciplines contribute to the work of sustainability and connect an understanding of sustainability to larger issues of energy, the environment, social and economic justice, and agriculture. Courses in the program will focus on the social, economic, institutional and environmental aspects of sustainability.
Students in the degree program will be able to choose from two tracks: sustainability science, which offers science-intensive courses; and sustainability studies, a more liberal-arts oriented path that prepares students for transfer into environmental studies programs at four-year institutions. By using relevant courses from different departments and disciplines, the program aims to prepare students for a broad career field that is still evolving rapidly. Students who complete this degree will be able to transfer into sustainability-related baccalaureate programs, such as conservation biology and environmental science, at State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Nazareth College and Paul Smith's College.
Courses in the program will be offered at MCC’s Brighton Campus beginning this fall. Registration for fall semester begins in March.
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