Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability Studies

Live and learn sustainably

Do you have the courage and creativity to take on the biggest social-ecological challenges? Studying sustainability at Colorado Mountain College offers you the tools to become a leader in the societal transformation towards environmental responsibility and social justice through active and experiential learning.

In this program, you’ll use systems thinking to develop policies and behaviors that are ecologically restorative, socially just, and economically prosperous. Through hands-on practice, you gain a deep understanding of the complex relationships between humans and the environment, and how to turn that knowledge into a career with a positive impact.

Valuable internship and career opportunities

Sustainability students can earn credit toward their degree while conducting paid internships with local organizations. Our students find internships and careers with paradigm-changing non-profits, trailblazing sustainable businesses, and grassroots movements that promote change from the bottom-up.

Another career opportunity is with government agencies. The Rocky Mountain Land Management Internship allows students to work part-time with the U.S. Forest Service while earning a degree in sustainability studies.

Graduates of the sustainability studies program have launched careers in a variety of fields including:

  • Climate change adaptation and mitigation
  • Renewable energy transition
  • Regenerative food systems
  • Water stewardship
  • Public lands management
  • Community organizing and activism
  • Environmental justice
  • Environmental education
  • Science communication
  • Sustainability consulting
  • Circular economy entrepreneurship

Add a Minor

Interested in making a profit while saving the world? Consider adding a business minor to this bachelor’s program. You’ll take classes from the School of Business and learn to function effectively in the business setting while embedding your efforts within a larger framework of sustainable thought and action.

Sustainability Studies Program Mission

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Quick Insights

  • Increase community resilience with applied systems thinking
  • Conduct original research and present at annual conference
  • Most affordable bachelor’s degree in Colorado
  • Average 13:1 student to faculty ratio

Rory Johnson: Second Chances

Having lived in the Roaring Fork Valley for most of his life, he ‘d always known about CMC and decided to give it a try. “I still have a bunch of debt I’m paying off from my last university and I didn’t even graduate from there. I didn’t take out any debt to attend CMC,” Johnson said.

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