Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) Degree in Sustainable Science Management (SSM)

The BAS in Sustainable Science Management comprises a core curriculum
emphasizing basic and applied science related to energy and sustainability, as well as communications and business fundamentals. Courses explore specific
sustainability topics and recognize the inter-relatedness of the three foundations of a sustainable society – economic growth, social progress, and environmental stewardship.

The BAS degree is granted to students completing a four-year program. Only
courses numbered 100 and above can be applied toward the degree.

SSM Admission Requirements

For admission to the UH Maui College Sustainable Science Management program, students must first meet the UH Maui College admission requirements. Admission to UH Maui College does not guarantee admission to the Sustainable Science Management program.

1. A student may apply for admission asa classified student in the Sustainable Science Management program upon successful completion of one of the following admission requirements:
a. Completion of the Business Careers Option IV with a cumulative
GPA of 2.5 or higher in all courses attempted; or
b. Completion of an Associate in Arts (AA) degree or higher from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
in all courses attempted, and completion of the following preSustainable Science Management course requirements with grade C or better (38 credits):BUS 120; BUS/COM 130 or COM 120/145 or COM 215/PSY 253; ENG 100; ENG 209;MATH 135; BIOL 124 and 124L; CHEM 151; ENRG 101 and 103; SOC 100; SSM 101, 201, 202.
c. Completion of an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) or Associate in Science (AS) degree from an accredited institution that includes 40 or more transferable semester credits with a cumulativeGPA of 2.5 or higher in all courses attempted, and completion of preSustainable Science Managementcourse requirements as outlined in 1.b.
2. A student may apply for admission as a provisional student in the SSM program upon successful completion of the following admission requirements:
a. A minimum of 50 credits of equivalent transferable college coursework from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher in all courses attempted.
b. Approval of the Sustainable Science Management Committee.


SSM Graduation Requirements

1. Pre-Sustainable Science Management (67 credits):
Completion of pre-SSM courses as outlined in 1.a,1.b, 1.c.
2. Sustainable Science Management Upper division coursework (45 credits):
SSM 301, 302, 375, 392V, 401, 402, 403, PSY /COM 353, MGT 310, MATH 203, MGT 322, ENG 316, HUM 400, PHIL 323, COM 459
3. Upper Division Electives from any of the following (9 credits):
BUS 318, 320, 415, 420; ICS 393v or 493v or 463; MGT 400 or 322,
MKT 300 or 312 or 400; HUM 390V or 490v or 410; ENG 393V, 493V 390v.
See the Sustainable Science Program Coordinator for other
possible substitutions.
4. Capstone Course (6 credits):
SSM 475 to be taken the last semester with approval of the SSM Committee.
5. Writing Intensive (15 credits):
Minimum of 15 credits of writing intensive courses at the 100-level or
higher; at least 6 credits in 100-299 level courses; and at least 6 credits in
300-level or higher.
6. Minimum of 127 qualifying credit hours:
SSM majors are required to earn a letter grade (e.g. A,B,C, etc.) in all courses required for the SSM program.
 7. Grade Point Average:
At least a 2.0 UH Maui College cumulative GPA, as well as a 2.5 GPA in courses required for the SSM major. Grade C or better is required in all upper division courses.
8. Graduation Requirement:
To be awarded the BAS degree, students must complete an Application for Graduation form obtained from Student Services. See Academic Calendar for deadline.
9. Residency Requirement:
A minimum of 30 credit hours must be taken at UH Maui College and a minimum of 8 upper division courses (24 credits) in Sustainable Science Management including the Capstone course.


The Sustainable Science Management (SSM) program, which leads to a baccalaureate degree, offers options to students seeking employment in the field of Sustainability which includes positions such as: sustainability coordinator, sustainability specialist, environmental manager, environmental scientist. The mission of the BAS in the Sustainable Science Management program is to prepare students to be productive professionals who can make skilled and informed sustainability decisions for complex systems that have environmental, social, political and economic consequences and solutions. The curriculum emphasizes the triple bottom line (economy, equity, and ecology) and stresses the use of methods and technologies for determining the sustainability of a system. The program also includes strong interdisciplinary general education with courses in the humanities, communications, natural sciences, mathematics, and English.

Although this degree can be earned in four years taking 15 credits per semester, students taking fewer credits per semester will take longer to complete the requirements. Students interested in the SSM program are encouraged to contact the SSM counselor, program coordinator, or faculty member about program requirements.

Students are encouraged to follow the Business Careers Option IV path to complete lower division SSM requirements. Only courses numbered 100 or above, and taken with a letter grade, may be applied to the SSM degree; for upper division courses only those with grade C or better may be applied.

Contact the program coordinator, Dr. Timothy Botkin, at 984-3322, or by email at for more information.

Full-time lower division student would take this sequence: (Apply for AAS in Business Careers.)

First Semester (Fall) Credits
SSM 101 Intro to Sustainability* 3
BUS 120 Intro to Business 3
BUSN 150 or ICS 101 3
IS 106 College Orientation I 2
HWST 107 or HIST 284 3
ENG 100 Composition I* 3
 Second Semester (Spring) Credits 
 ENRG 101 Introduction to Sustainable Technology* 3
 ENRG 103 Energy Production Systems* 3
 ECON 131 Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics 3
 BUS/COM 130, COM 145, COM 215/PSY 253,
PSY 100, or SOC 100* 3
 MATH 115 Statistics 3
Third Semester (Fall) Credits
SSM 201 Sustainable Building Design, Construction, Operations* 3
ACC 201 Financial Accounting (or ACC 124 & 125) 3
BIOL 124 & 124L Environment & Ecology, Lab*    3,1
BLAW 200 Legal Environment of Business 3
ECON 130 Principles of Economics: Microeconomics 3
Fourth Semester (Spring) Credits
SSM 202 Sustainable Island Communities* 3
ACC 202 Managerial Accounting 3
CHEM 151 Elementary Survey of Chemistry* 4
ENG 209 Business and Managerial Writing * 3
MATH 135 Pre-Calculus: Elementary Functions* 3


Upper division requirements for SSM Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS):60 credits
Sustainable Science Management 301(3), 302(3), 392v(3), 375(3),
40213), 402(3), 403(3), 495(3), 496(3)
Management 310(3), 322(3)
Philosophy 323(3)
Psychology/Communication 353(3)
Humanities 400 or HUM/ENG 390v/490va (3)
Communication 459(3)
English 316(3); Mathematics 203(3)
Any three upper division electives(3,3,3) such as:
Business 310, 318, 320, 322, 415, 420; English 390v, 393v, 493v;
ICS 393v, 463, 493v; Management 400; Marketing 300, 400;
HUM 390v, 410, 490v; SSM 393v; Advanced Topic 490v


Full-time upper division  students would take courses in this sequence: 

Junior Year (Fall) Credits 
PSY/COM 353 Conflict Management and Resolution 3
MGT 310 Principles of Management 3
SSM 301 Sustainable Organizations 3
SSM 302 Environmental Health 3
MATH 203 Calculus for Business and Social Sciences 3
Junior Year (Spring) Credits
MGT 322 Organizational Leadership
and Management of Change
ENG 316 Advanced Research Writing 3
SSM 375 Energy Conversions and Renewable Energy Processes 3
SSM 401 Environmental Law, Policy and Justice 3
Upper Division Elective 3
Senior Year (Fall) Credits 
HUM 400 Changes and Choices 3
SSM 392v Internship 3
SSM 402 Water Resources Management 3
Upper Division Elective 3
Upper Division Elective 3
Senior Year (Spring) Credits
SSM 403 Renewable Energy Integration 3
SSM 475 Senior Capstone Project 6
PHIL 323 Professional Ethics 3
COM 459 Intercultural Communication II 3


Tuition and Fees: A tuition differential exists for upper division courses numbered 300 or higher.  See Tuition and Fees.
Note: As approved by program coordinator or counselor; other substitution are possible.