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2019-2020 Catalog 
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Studies, AA

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Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary program intended to provide liberal and practical education in the science and culture of critical, contemporary environmental issues. This track includes courses from over fifteen different departments. Most environmental studies track courses are incorporated into already existing tracks in math and sciences, the humanities, and social sciences. This program is composed of required common curriculum and some specially designed courses, introducing students to the basics of those physical, natural, and social sciences related to the environment and to human interaction within the natural world.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Environmental Studies program, students should be able to:

  • Use information to describe a problem or issue and/or articulate a question related to the topic
  • Evaluate the relevance of context when presenting a position and identify assumptions
  • Explain information presented in mathematical forms (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, words)
  • Convert information into and between various mathematical forms (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, words)
  • Select or develop elements of the methodology or theoretical framework to solve problems in a given discipline
  • Examine evidence to identify patterns, differences, similarities, limitations, and/or implications related to the focus
  • Utilize multiple representations to interpret the data
  • State a conclusion based on findings
  • Demonstrate how their own attitudes, behaviors, or beliefs compare or relate to those of other individuals, groups, communities, or cultures
  • Examine diverse perspectives when investigating social and behavioral topics within natural or human systems
  • Make connections between the world-views, power structures, and experiences of individuals, groups, communities, or cultures, in historical or contemporary contexts

Content criteria, competencies, and student learning outcomes associated with the general education courses required for this degree can be found on the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

Full list of requirements can be found at Associate of Arts Degrees, AA .

Written Communication

Six (6) credit hours

Oral Communication

Three (3) credit hours


Three (3) credit hours


Three (3) credit hours

Natural and Physical Sciences

Seven (7) credit hours


Twenty-three (23) credit hours selected from the AA approved course list can be found at Approved Electives Course List of AA Degrees and Course of Study .

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