Johnson County Community College

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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

Spring 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.

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.

ARCH 120: Introduction to Architecture

BIOL 110: Nutrition for Life
BIOL 130: Environmental Science 
BIOL 131: Environmental Science Lab 
BIOL 155: Bioethics
BIOL 235: General Nutrition 

DIET 151: Nutrition and Meal Planning    

GEOS 140: Physical Geography 
GEOS 141: Physical Geography Lab 

POLS 175: Environmental Policy and Law

SAG 274: Sustainable Agriculture Spring Practicum

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.

AAC 135: Career and Life Planning with Stevens, L 

ANTH 130: World Cultures with Ediger, R 

ARTH 184: Art History: Twentieth Century with Smith, A 

BIOL 132: Introduction to Public Health, multiple faculty 

BIOT 160: Introduction to Biotechnology with Wolfgram, L

CHEM 122: Principles of Chemistry with Harvey, M 

DRAF 164: Architectural Drafting/Residential Interior Design with Cline, L

ECON 230: Principles of Macroeconomics with Brogna, Christensen, Clark, Copeland, Frederick, Hadley or Okao

ENGL 106: Introduction to Writing with Dixon, G
ENGL 121: Composition I with Dixon 
ENGL 122: Composition II with Hogan or Senter

FL 231: Intermediate Spanish II with Schmidt, I 

HIST 120: Local and Kansas History with Antle, J

MKT 230: Marketing with Hulen, P 

PHIL 143: Ethics with Williams, D

RDG 127: College Reading Skills with Parra, L

SOC 125: Social Problems
SOC 146: Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare with Kircher, J
SOC 147: Social Work and Social Justice with Kircher, J
SOC 180: Inequality and Diversity in the United States with Petrovic, U

Sustainability in Specific Degree Programs:

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


Find the Spring 2018 list of all Drafting courses here

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

Hospitality Management 

Find the Spring 2018 list of all Hospitality Management courses here

HMGT 121: Perspectives of Hospitality Management
HMGT 123: Professional Cooking I
HMGT 126: Food Management
HMGT 220: American Regional Cuisine
HMGT 230: Professional Cooking II

Interior Design

Find the Spring 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 147: Lighting Basics
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

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.