Sustainability Focus Award

The PCC Sustainability Focus Award is designed for students who are interested in exploring the interdependent social, economic and environmental pillars of sustainability (the triple-bottom-line) topics from multiple perspectives, and in increasing their course experience in this multi-disciplinary topic.

By earning this Focus Award, the student demonstrates to potential employers and transfer colleges a deep and broad understanding of sustainability issues. For the online application, go to:

Questions? Email Davida Jordan or Peter Ritson, Co-Chairs of the SPARC Council which oversees this award (Sustainability Practices for Academics and Resources Council): davida.jordan or

Focus Awards are not to be confused with degrees or certificates, are not officially recognized by the state, and do not appear on transcripts.

Sustainability Focus Award Requirements

  1. A minimum of 16 credits.
  2. Include courses from at least 3 different disciplines.

Course Offerings

BI 101Biology I4
or BI 103 Biology III
One class only from the following:4
Habitats: Life of the Forest
Habitats: Marine Biology
Habitats: Freshwater Biology
BI 145Intro. to Fish and Wildlife Conservation and Management4
BI 160Ecology/Field Biology: Coast2
BI 161Ecology/Field Bio: Great Basin2
BI 163Organic Gardening4
BI 164Bird Identification and Ecology4
BI 200A2-6
or BI 200B Principles of Ecology: Field Biology
or BI 200C
BI 213Principles of Biology III5
BI 280ACooperative Education: Biology 11-4
BA 278Eco-Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship4
BA 280A
BA 280B
Cooperative Education: Business Experience
and Cooperative Education: Business Experience - Seminar 1
CH 100Everyday Chemistry with Lab4
CH 298A 1
EC 221Globalization and International Relations4
EC 285Introduction to Political Economy4
Environmental Studies
ESR 140Introduction to Sustainability4
ESR 141Introduction to Individual Sustainability4
One class only from the following: 4
Environmental Science: Biological Perspectives
Environmental Science: Chemical Perspectives
Environmental Science: Geological Perspectives
ESR 201Applied Environmental Studies: Science/Policy Consideration4
ESR 2034
ESR 204Introduction to Environmental Restoration4
GEO 106World Regional Geography4
GEO 212Geography of Global Issues4
G 184Global Climate Change4
HE 264Food Systems and Public Health4
HE 278Human Health and the Environment3
ENG 230Environmental Literature4
ENG 269Wilderness Literature4
PHL 206Introduction to Environmental Ethics4
PHL 209Business Ethics4
Political Science
PS 221Globalization and International Relations4
PS 280ACooperative Education: Political Science 11-4
PS 297Environmental Politics and Policy4
SOC 204Introduction to Sociology4
SOC 205Social Change4
SOC 206Social Problems4
SOC 228Introduction to Environmental Sociology4
SOC 280ACooperative Education: Sociology 11-3

Must have sustainability-related component as determined by the SPARC chair.