Sustainable Science Management

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The real question may be: "Do we know what sustainability really is?". We know our best science has identified unsustainable conditions which threaten our world and even our existence. Even doing our best, various factors impede our getting it right. Realistically, sustainability requires that we accept uncertanity and our limitaitons, with a commitment to improve on a continuing basis. The bottom line is, sustainability is all about humans, we cause the problems and we can find the answers. And truth be known, it is our own sustainability at stake.

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Program Overview

Bachelor of Applied Science / 120 credits

Studying sustainability is a fascinating and challenging endeavor. Preparing for leadership in a complex, dynamic world necessitates new knowledge and skills.

As an island, Maui is considered a 'closed system' and is therefore a natural living laboratory for observing successes and failures in sustainability pursuits. Sustainability science has emerged as one of the fastest-growing professions, with applications in a variety of fields and opportunities for meaningful work in the future. Join the Sustainable Science Management (SSM) program today!

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Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the functions, inter-relationships, and limitations of human-developed and naturally occurring systems.
  2. Utilize systems and sustainability science tools to solve complex problems and design durable responses.
  3. Understand contemporary legal, technological, economic, cultural, and ethical infrastructure as it impacts sustainability.
  4. Utilize conventional and emerging methods to measure sustainability aspects of behaviors.
  5. Integrate transdisciplinary knowledge across cultural, social, and educational realms to identify and implement sustainable practices.

Success Stories

“The SSM program has afforded me a rare vantage point that broadened my understanding of issues I face daily. By having this holistic view, I can confidently navigate the hurdles in my personal life, as well as my professional life. Using the knowledge I’ve gained from the SSM program I can position myself to achieve my goals and live my dreams.” 

Nicolas Timpone, SSM Alumni 2016


Careers & Education after taking this program:

Program graduates can pursue careers in a wide range of areas, both in the public and private sector, as well as within and outside of Hawai'i. Recent graduates have obtained jobs as teachers, entrepreneurs, resource managers, sustainability coordinators, and other sustainability-related positions. Recent graduates have pursued graduate education in Education, Law, and Sustainability.

Source, SSM program graduate data based on exit interviews and email contacts, during the period 2016-2018.

Take The Next Step

Contact Program Coordinator Meagan Jones for more information. 

Make sure to check class availability by selecting the term you are interested in registering for and subject: Sustainable Science Management. 

If you are a new UHMC student, APPLY NOW online before August 8th for Fall 2023 semester. 

If you are transferring from another college, learn how to transfer your credits to UH Maui College.

You must submit the Transcript Evaluation form to have your transcript evaluated to determine if your credits may be transferred. 

Worried about paying for college? Learn more about Financial Aid. Financial aid does not apply to everyone.


Eri Nomura, SSM Counselor

Appointments: 808 984 3306 or schedule online



Tim Botkin, Assistant Professor

Phone: 808 984 3706



Meagan Jones, Program Coordinator

Phone: 808 984 3709


Course Schedules

View a month-by-month schedule of courses, as well as descriptions for each.


View our current scholarship opportunities. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.