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This is a new degree created in response to so many communities’ needs as they struggle to balance the old with the new, or to create a “new” that will not unintentionally cause damage. Upon successful completion, students will be able to able to advocate and to organize groups and communities in programs aimed at creating sustainable social systems and environmental practices.
It is the combination of people and technology, along with a keen awareness of the environmental and social challenges the world faces, which result in practices that will actually produce benefits over a significant period of time-that is, changes that will be sustainable.
This degree provides the foundation for careers in government as urban/regional planners, neighborhood relations specialists, environmental services and more. One can also work with private companies, linking sustainable technologies to individuals, groups and/or consumers. Opportunities range from agriculture to biotech industries to service organizations. Because this is such a "young" field, new opportunities arise almost daily!
To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.
In addition to University Requirements:
Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.
|Minimum Units for Completion||120|
|Highest Mathematics Required||MATY 142|
|Emphasis, Minor, Certificate||Required|
|Some online/blended coursework||Required|
|Progression Plan Link||Not Available|
The Community Development and Sustainability major seeks to produce students that have the knowledge and skills that will enable them to make a positive contribution to society during this critical period of sustainability transition. They will have the skills to be effective social change agents, able to help humankind undertake the transition to sustainability with intelligence, understanding, and creativity, by protecting the natural environment while advancing the cause of social and environmental justice. The CDSY Program will therefore:
Take the following 70 units with a Grade of "C" or better in each course:
Community Development and Sustainability Specialization (30 units)
Choose one of the following (3 units):
Complete a NAU-Yavapai certificate (at least 15 units) outside your Specialization field.
Computer Literacy (3 units)
This coursework must help you to understand, in general, the technical components of computers and information systems, how to solve problems using information systems technology, word processing, spreadsheet use, database management, graphic information software, website development, graphic design and use of statistical analysis software. Subject to advisor approval.
Please note that you cannot use CLEP or locally prepared exams to satisfy this requirement. Transfer credit used to satisfy this requirement must be approved by the program director.
Language Requirement (16 units)
You must demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English that is equivalent to four terms of university coursework in the same language. You may satisfy this requirement by taking language courses or by testing out of all or part of it by taking CLEP, or other exams.
Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit.
You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.