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The Center for Sustainability supports sustainability-related opportunities for learning both inside the classroom and outside in the wider world. Through credit programs, students can earn a certificate in sustainable agriculture or learn about sustainable issues in other academic classes. The classes may carry the theme of sustainability and earth awareness throughout the entire course (sustainability-themed courses) or they may integrate sustainability into the course content (cross-curricular sessions). See below for a list of the classes that apply.

Continuing Education, or non-credit classes, offer you the chance to learn about sustainable practices topic by topic without the pressure of a degree. These courses are usually small and give instructors time for individual attention.

Agricultural Programs - If you are interested in studying more about agriculture  as well as classes in plant science, contact a JCCC academic counselor to discuss the Sustainable Agricultural Certificate. Refer to our agricultural programs

Fall 2018

Students have the opportunity to conduct research and attend educational events related to social, environmental and economic responsibility. The Sunflower Project, which funds curriculum development via Sunflower Grants, allows professors to incorporate sustainable issues in classes that range from Physical Geography to Social Problems to Interior Design I.

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Sustainability-Themed Courses

A sustainability-themed course either has sustainability principles woven throughout or has sustainability as a dedicated unit of study regardless of the section or instructor.

ANTH 130: World Cultures
ANTH 134: Native Americans

ARCH 120: Introduction to Architecture
ARCH 220: Sustainability in the Built Environment

ASTR 120: Fundamentals of Astronomy
ASTR 122: Astronomy

BIOL 110: Nutrition for Life
BIOL 121: Intro Biology for Non-Majors
BIOL 124: Oceanus: Essential Oceanography
BIOL 125: General Botany
BIOL 127: General Zoology
BIOL 130: Environmental Science 
BIOL 131: Environmental Science Lab 
BIOL 132: Introduction to Public Health
BIOL 134: Principles of Sustainability
BIOL 135: Principles of Cell & Molecular Biology
BIOL 150: Biology of Organisms
BIOL 155: Bioethics
BIOL 235: General Nutrition 
BIOT 160: Introduction to Biotechnology

DIET 151: Nutrition and Meal Planning

ECON 230: Principles of Macroeconomics

ENGL 215: US Latino/a Literature
ENGL 217: Literature by Women

GEOS 140: Physical Geography 
GEOS 141: Physical Geography Lab 
GEOS 145: World Regional Geography

GIST 250: Introduction to Globalization 

HON 250: Honors Forum: KC as Text

HPER 104: Yoga
HPER 202: Personal and Community Health

HVAC 125: Energy Alternatives

PHIL 140: Business Ethics
PHIL 155: Bioethics

POLS 135: International Relations
POLS 175: Environmental Policy and Law

PSYC 220: Social Psychology

SPD 180: Intercultural Communication

Cross-Curricular Sustainability-Related Course Sections

A sustainability-related course section is one in which a particular professor has chosen to integrate sustainability concepts into the course content. This does not indicate additional work for students. Sustainability is simply used as context for achieving the same learning goals as other course sections. These offerings are excellent for students learning about sustainability for the first time or, for those more familiar, to see it from a new perspective. Just make sure to register for the correct section.

BIOL 230: Microbiology with Seitz, H.

BIOL 231: Microbiology Lab with Seitz, H.

BUS 235: Intro to International Business with Hussein, S.

CHEM 122: Principles of Chemistry with Harvey, M.

EAP 117: Speaking and Listening IV with Dixon, G.

ENGL 106: Introduction to Writing with Dixon, G.              

ENGL 121: Composition I with Dixon, Rollins, or Senter                

ENGL 122: Composition II with Funari, Rollins, or Hogan-Adams              

FL 130: Elementary Spanish I with Alvarez, L.

MATH 171: College Algebra with Goodman, C.  

MKT 230: Marketing with Hulen, P.             

NURS 100: Concepts of Nursing Care: Foundations

PHIL 143: Ethics with Williams, D.

RDG 126: Academic Reading with Parra, L.

SCI 292: Special Topics: The Opioid Evolution

SOC 122: Intro to Sociology with Blobaum, E.

SOC 125: Social Problems

SOC 131: Sociology of Families

SOC 146: Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare with Allee, A.

SOC 147: Social Work and Social Justice with Allee, A.

SOC 180: Inequality and Diversity in the United States with Petrovich, U.

SPD 120: Interpersonal Communication with Welsch, L.

SPD 121: Public Speaking with Easley-Giraldo, T.

SPD 180: Intercultural Communication with Welsch, L and Easley-Giraldo, T.

WGS 201: Global Women’s Studies

Sustainability in Specific Degree Programs:

The following degree programs have significantly integrated sustainability into some or all of their coursework.


Find the Fall 2018 list of all Drafting courses here

DRAF 129: Interpreting Architectural Drawings
DRAF 164: Architectural Drafting/Residential Interior Design

Hospitality Management 

Find the Fall 2018 list of all Hospitality Management courses here

HMGT 121: Perspectives of Hospitality Management
HMGT 123: Professional Cooking I
HMGT 126: Food Management
HMGT 167: Local Food Production
HMGT 220: American Regional Cuisine
HMGT 221: Design and Facilities Management
HMGT 230: Professional Cooking II

Interior Design

Find the Fall 2018 list of all Interior Design courses here

ITMD 121: Interior Design I
ITMD 125: Interior Textiles
ITMD 129: Design Communication
ITMD 132: Materials and Resources
ITMD 185: Construction Methods, Building Systems, and Regulations for the Interior Designer
ITMD 202: Interior Design II
ITMD 215: Environmental Systems for the Interior Designer
ITMD 219: Issues in Interior Design
ITMD 222: Interior Design III
ITMD 224: Interior Design IV
ITMD 235: Kitchen and Bath Advanced
ITMD 271: Budgeting and Estimating
ITMD 273: Practices and Procedures
ITMD 280: Leadership in Design

Sustainable Agriculture

SAG 245: Sustainable Market Farming
SAG 272: Sustainable Agriculture Fall Practicum

JCCC also offers a Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship Certificate program.

Continuing Education (non-credit) Sustainability Courses

Sustainable practices play many roles in our Continuing Education courses, from gardening to energy. We encourage you to visit the CE website and search for the topics that interest you. If you can’t find the classes you’d hoped to see, please contact the Center for Sustainability.