Sustainability

The Sustainability Science Certificate of Achievement is interdisciplinary and focuses on understanding and finding solutions to real world problems. It addresses some of the most critical challenges Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi, and the world. The skills and knowledge students gain in the program provide a solid background in science, math, and other disciplines preparing them for the local workforce and/ or transfer into many different Associate and Bachelor degree programs in the University of Hawaiʻi system.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

The student must be enrolled at Kauaʻi Community College. Qualified for ENG 100 or concurrent enrollment in ENG 75 or higher and either qualified for MATH 82X or concurrent enrollment in MATH 75X or higher; or approval of instructor.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

  1. Detail valid sustainability concerns and potential solutions, the inter-related nature of these concerns, and their implications in an island context.
  2. Identify and describe the basic scientific components behind existing and emerging technologies in a variety of areas related to sustainability.
  3. Demonstrate skills needed to work towards sustainability in a variety of contexts, including collaboration, making presentations, preparing reports, and the use of appropriate science and technology and other information gathering techniques to access information.
  4. Design comprehensive solutions to basic sustainability problems that are well researched and supported.
  5. Use scientific principles or methods to critically evaluate proposed solutions to basic sustainability problems.

GUIDED PATHWAYS TO COMPLETION

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Sustainability Science | Certificate of Achievement (CA), 25-27 credits

Fall Semester 1

  • SSM 101 (3 credits)
  • SSM 275 (3 credits)
  • Diversification (DB) and (DY): BIOL 123/BIOL 123L, BIOL 171/BIOL 171L; BOT 101, BOT 130/BOT 130L; MICR 130/MICR 140L; or SCI 121/ SCI 121L 4-5 credits)
  • General Education Electives(Written Communication): ENG 100 or BUS 175 (3 credits)
    Note: No more than 4 credits from any General Education Electives category.
  • Sustainability Science Electives: AG 103/AG 103B, AG 200; SSM 110, SSM 201 (3 credits)
    Note: A total of 6 credits are required for this category (3 credits in semester 1 and 3 credits in semester 2).

Spring Semester 2

  • General Education Electives (Accounting/Finance): ACC 124, ACC 125, ACC 201; or ENT 150 (3 credits)
    Note: No more than  4 credits from any General Education Electives category
  • General Education Electives(Mathematics): MATH 115 (3 credits)
     Note: No more than 4 credits from any General Education Electives category
  • GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVES (Physical Science): CHEM 151/CHEM 151L or CHEM 162/CHEM 162L (4 credits)
     Note: No more than 4 credits from any General Education Electives category
  • Sustainability Science AG 103/AG 103B, SSM 110, SSM 201 3 (3 credits)

Total credits 25-27

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Sustainability Science | Certificate of Competence (CO), 12 Credits

Fall Semester 1

  • SSM 101 (3 credits)
  • SSM 275 (3 credits)
  • Sustainability Science Electives: AG 103/AG 103B, SSM 110, or SSM 201 (6 credits)

Total credits 12

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