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Colorado Mountain College to offer green degrees

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EDWARDS, Colorado – Colorado Mountain College has announced it is starting two new environmental sustainability programs.

The first academic program will begin this fall for an Associate of Science degree with an emphasis on environmental science. This emphasis area encompasses coursework in the natural and physical sciences and is a response to current growth in “green” careers. State statistics project a 10-year growth rate of 25 percent for environmental scientists and technicians through 2018.

The second program, which will kick off in fall 2011, is an Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in environmental studies. This program includes coursework in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, ethics, economics and environmental science. The program will have also have a heavy emphasis on environmental sustainability.

“We observed that there were a large number of students within CMC who were interested in pursuing environmental degrees. These programs will give them that opportunity,” said Robert Wang, associate professor of environmental science at the college.

The degress are expected to provide pathways for students who wish to pursue bachelor’s degrees in areas such as environmental science, sustainability and green business.

“Due to the diversity of environmental career fields, these programs were designed to accommodate a wide range of career goals,” said Sunny Schmitt, Ph.D., assistant vice president for arts and sciences at Colorado Mountain College. “Both programs provide students with a solid academic foundation and are highly transferable to a number of four-year postsecondary institutions.”

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Introduction to Environmental Science, which is required by both new programs, will be offered this fall at four of the college’s campuses: in Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley, Steamboat Springs, Edwards and Leadville.