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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 2019

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

ARCH 120: Introduction to Architecture

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 135: Principles of Cell & Molecular Biology
BIOL 150: Biology of Organisms
BIOL 235: General Nutrition

DIET 151: Nutrition and Meal Planning

ECON 230: Principles of Macroeconomics

ENGL 217: Literature by Women

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

HON 250: Honors Forum: In Search of Solutions

HPER 104: Yoga
HPER 202: Personal and Community Health

PHIL 140: Business Ethics

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.

CHEM 122: Principles of Chemistry with Harvey, M.

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                 

MATH 171: College Algebra with Goodman, C.

MKT 230: Marketing with Hulen, P.

PHIL 143: Ethics with Williams, D.

RDG 126: Academic Reading with Parra, L.

SCI 292: Special Topics: Economic Botany

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 121: Public Speaking with Easley-Giraldo, T.

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

Sustainability in Specific Degree Programs:

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

Construction Technology

CET 105: Construction Methods
CET 123: Building Codes
CET 129: Construction Management
CET 140: Civil Engineering Materials
CET 225: Construction Documents
CET 227: Construction Cost Estimating
CET 271: Construction Management Internship 1


CO 104: Esthetics Essentials
CO 105: Esthetics Essentials Clinical
CO 106: Advanced Esthetics
CO 107: Advances Esthics Clinical
CO 109: Nail Technology
CO 110: Cosmetology I
CO 111: Cosmetology II
CO 112: Cosmetology III
CO 113: Cosmetology IV


DRAF 120: Introduction to Drafting
DRAF 129: Interpreting Arch. Drawings
DRAF 164: Architectural Drafting/Residential Interior Design

Hospitality Management

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

Interior Design

ITMD 121: Interior Design I
ITMD 125: Interior Textiles
ITMD 129: Design Communications
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 271: Budgeting and Estimating
ITMD 273: Practices and Procedures
ITMD 280: Leadership in Design

Sustainable Agriculture

SAG 274: Sustainable Agriculture Spring 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.