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Environmental Studies and Sustainability

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The Environmental Studies and Sustainability program at Sierra College provides students with the opportunity to meet the requirements to transfer to four-year colleges in the environmental fields including Environmental Studies and Environmental Science. The program provides students with a common interdisciplinary base with which to address issues of environmental health, sustainability and global stewardship. Students will have the opportunity to apply principles from a range of fields including the physical and life sciences, social sciences and philosophy, as well as technical skills utilized in ecosystem assessment and the expanding field of solar energy.

Environmental Studies And Sustainability

A.S. Degree

Successful completion of the Environmental Studies and Sustainability curriculum will prepare students for transfer to four-year colleges or universities. The major has been designed to meet lower-division requirements for Environmental Studies and Environmental Science majors at transfer institutions. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements. Students must fulfill the following major requirements with grades of “C” or better, complete a minimum of 60 degree-applicable semester units (12 of which must be completed at Sierra College) with a grade point average of at least 2.0 and complete one of the following three general education patterns:

  • Sierra College Associate Degree Requirements;
  • California State University General Education Breadth pattern;
  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)

  • Identify and describe the essential components of earth's natural environment—its physical, biological, energy-related, and ecological elements.
  • Describe and analyze core environmental problems, their causes and consequences, and practical solutions.
  • Apply the conservation of matter and energy to environmental systems.
  • Investigate the role of governmental policy, citizen involvement, and/or ethics/values/morals in influencing human interaction with the environment.
  • Evaluate and apply principles of sustainability to human activity on earth.


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Kristine Gilbert Environmental Studies

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Kristine Gilbert is an Assistant Professor in the new Department of Environmental Studies and Sustainability at Sierra College. Kristine earned... More

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