Length: 90 credits
Estimated Cost: $15,198
- Books/Materials - $3,000
- Resident Tuition and General Student Fees - $12,198
Tuition and fee estimates are based on the prior academic year's rates. Course tuition and fees may change during the year. Learn more and view updated tuition and fee information at lanecc.edu/esfs/credit-tuition.
The purpose of this program is to prepare students for careers as sustainability professionals in resource management, corporate social responsibility, environmental protection, recycling, pollution prevention and energy, water or waste reduction analysis. Graduates may work for public agencies, school districts, colleges or universities, non-governmental organizations, nonprofit organizations, private businesses or corporations.
Students who complete this program will be able to:
- Demonstrate holistic understanding of interdisciplinary subjects related to sustainability including physical and biological sciences, social and behavioral sciences, economics, the regulatory environment, and business management.
- Develop policies that support the triple bottom line of sustainability: healthy economy, healthy environment, and healthy communities.
- Obtain information from public and research libraries, online sources, and regional, national, and international networks
- Demonstrate skills in data collection and analysis, statistical analysis, and basic mathematics.
- Perform environmental audits, perform laboratory and field tests, conduct and coordinate research, and prepare written reports for internal and external stakeholders.
- Demonstrate understanding of the causes and the ecological, social, and economic costs of challenges to sustainability including pollution, climate change, loss of biodiversity, water quality and supply, and human health.
- Apply practical and technical strategies to objectives including pollution prevention, climate change reduction, energy conservation and use of alternative energy, efficient resource use, waste reduction and recycling, LEED and other green building tools, water conservation, stormwater and wastewater management, indoor air quality, transportation, closed loop production and life cycle analysis.
- Articulate verbal and written understanding of laws and regulations related to sustainable environment, business and community.
- Develop and implement action plans based on best practices; coordinate project management goals and tasks.
- Conduct public relations and social marketing efforts; develop educational materials; and create community networks and resources to support sustainability practices in business and community.
- Demonstrate the ability to organize events, meetings, workshops, conferences and fundraising.
- Utilize collaborative team skills in the design and implementation of sustainable practices.
GENERAL EDUCATION courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better, or Pass.
Writing & Communication (8 credits) - Complete WR 121 and one additional course:
Math (4-5 credits) - Complete one of the following:
Human Relations (3-4 credits) - Complete one of the following:
Program Core Courses
PROGRAM CORE courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better, or Pass.
Environmental Science (12 credits)
Earth Science and Geography (8 credits)
Social Change and Economics (15 credits)
Complete one course from each of the following focus areas: Economics, Health, Political Science, and Sociology.
Cooperative Education (5 credits)
COOPERATIVE EDUCATION courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better, or Pass.
Program Electives (8-10 credits)
ELECTIVES must be completed with a grade of C- or better, or Pass.
It is strongly recommended students choose WATR 202 as one of their electives.