SSM Courses

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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Sustainable Science Management (BAS) (124 Credits)

The BAS in Sustainable Science Management (SSM) comprises a core curriculum in sustainability science, along with foundational sciences and liberal arts. Courses explore sustainability issues in energy, water, community, and others; analyzing the inter-relatedness of topics through systems thinking and dynamics models; monitoring progress through the use of sustainability indicators; and applying experience via internship and capstone.

The BAS degree is granted to students completing the prescribed four-year program. Only courses numbered 100 and above can be applied toward the degree. A tuition differential exists for upper division courses numbered 300 or higher. See tuition and fees section of the catalog.

SSM Lower Divison Requirements

Prior to enrolling in upper division (300+ level) SSM courses, students should first complete lower division requirements that may be accomplished in a number of ways.

Click here to view UH Maui College's 2021-2022 Catalog for full degree requirements and course list for SSM.

SSM Course List 

Identifies sustainability concepts which have become evident from early human movement toward Industrialization in the 1500s to present. Examines diverse approaches in resource use including water, energy, waste, land use, economies, and oceans. Introduces fundamental systems approaches to recognize interconnections and ramifications of practices. Identifies global sustainability issues and uses Hawaiʻi and island case studies as a means of better understanding their applied relevance.