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Sustainability Technologies

The Sustainability Technologies program is a unique and flexible curriculum designed to meet the challenges of the new energy economy.  The program’s three focus areas – Sustainability, Renewable Energy, and Buildings – overlap to provide a technology-oriented and certification-based platform of training that can be found nowhere else.  You have found the Sustainability program that WORKS!

Graduates of the Associate in Applied Science Degree have the comprehensive knowledge to be competitive in many industries including construction, energy auditing, home inspection, solar, wind, solar thermal, waste, environmental, consulting, sales and non-profit. Each of the three focus areas is also offered as a 5-course Certificate geared toward dual majors or professional development.  In addition, a number of college transfer opportunities exist for students wishing to continue their education.

Course work includes energy use, sustainability, water quality, water use, waste and recycling, environmental technology, business sustainability, electricity, photovoltaics, solar thermal, wind, hydroelectricity, site assessment, construction, green building, building science, energy modeling, energy management, energy auditing, and safety. The program places a priority on hands-on training using the latest industry-standard equipment.  A number of professional credentials – including LEED® Green Associate, NABCEP PV Entry Level, NABCEP Solar Heating Entry Level, OSHA 30-hour Safety Card and ISO 14000 Awareness – are weaved into the curriculum to better prepare students for employment.

Whether you want to immerse yourself in Sustainability, get more out of your time at CFCC, or just take a class or two to make yourself more competitive in the new green economy, the Sustainability Technologies program is here as a resource for you.

  • A.A.S. Degree Program: 74 course hours starting Spring, Summer or Fall
  • Certificate Programs: 5 courses each
  • Program Location: CFCC North Campus (some courses at CFCC Wilmington Campus)

Course Requirements for A.A.S. Degree

Course Requirements for A.A.S. Degree

I.  General Education Courses (15 SHC)

Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours
ENG 111 Expository Writing 3 0 3
ENG 114 Professional Research & Reporting 3 0 3
MAT 121 Algebra/Trigonometry I 2 2 3
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective 3

II.  Major Courses (34 SHC)

ALT 120 Renewable Energy Technology 2 2 3
ALT 250 Thermal Systems 2 2 3
CST 111 Construction I 3 3 4
CST 150 Building Science 2 2 3
ELC 220 Photovoltaic System Technology 2 3 3
ENV 110 Environmental Science 3 0 3
SST 110 Introduction to Sustainability 3 0 3
SST 120 Energy Use Analysis 2 2 3
SST 130 Modeling Renewable Energy 2 2 3
SST 140 Green Building & Design Concepts 3 0 3
SST 210 Issues in Sustainability 3 0 3

III.  Other Major Courses (21 SHC)

CMT 210 Construction Mgnt. Fundamentals* 3 0 3
CMT 212 Total Safety Performance* 3 0 3
ELC 111 Introduction to Electricity 2 2 3
ELC 221 Advanced PV System Designs 2 3 3
ELC 230 Wind & Hydro Power Systems 2 2 3
ENV 226 Environmental Law 3 0 3
SST 250 Sustainable Capstone Project 1 6 3

IV.  Electives (choose a min. 4 hours from the following courses:)

Sustainability:
AGR 139 Intro to Sustainable Agriculture 3 0 3
BIO 140 Environmental Biology 3 0 3
and BIO 140A Environmental Biology Lab 0 3 1
BUS 121 Business Math** 2 2 3
BUS 230 Small Business Management** 3 0 3
HOR 160 Plant Materials I***
Renewable Energy:
ELC 113 Basic Wiring I**** 2 6 4
ELC 117 Motors and Controls****  2  6  4
MEC 130 Mechanisms***** 2 2 3
PLU 111 Intro to Basic Plumbing 1 3 2
Sustainable Building Technology:
AHR 110 Introduction to Refrigeration******  2  6  5
AHR 211 Residential System Design 2 2 3
BPR 130 Print Reading-Construction* 3 0 3
CMT 120 Codes and Inspections 3 0 3
CMT 214 Planning and Scheduling* 3 0 3
Co-Op:
COE 111 CO/OP Work Experience I 1
COE 121 CO/OP Work Experience II 1

Total Credit Hours required for A.A.S. Degree:

74

A.A.S. Degree Sequence of Classes

2013 Fall Semester I
CST 111 Construction I
ENG 111 Expository Writing
SST 110 Introduction to Sustainability
SST 140 Green Building & Design Concepts
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

2014 Spring Semester I
CMT 210 Professional Mgmt. Fundamentals
CST 150 Building Science
ENG 114 Professional Research & Reporting
MAT 121 Algebra/Trigonometry I
SST 120 Energy Use Analysis
Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective

2014 Summer Semester I
ALT 120 Renewable Energy Technology
ELC 111 Introduction to Electricity
ENV 110 Environmental Science
SST 130 Modeling Renewable Energy

2014 Fall Semester II
ELC 220 Photovoltaic System Technology
ELC 230 Wind and Hydro Power Systems
ENV 226 Environmental Law
SST 210 Issues in Sustainability
Elective

2015 Spring Semester II
ALT 250 Thermal Systems
CMT 212 Total Safety Performance
ELC 221 Advanced PV System Designs
SST 250 Sustainability Capstone Project
Elective

* Courses are part of the Construction Management Certificate

** Courses are part of the Entrepreneurship Certificate

*** Course is part of the Landscape Gardening Certificate

**** Courses are part of the Electrical/Electronics Technology Certificate

***** Course is part of the Industrial Systems Technology Certificate

****** Course is part of the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology Certificate

Certificate in Sustainability Technologies (C40370)

Certificate in Sustainability Technologies (C40370)

Certificate in Sustainability

Class Hours

Lab Hours

Credit Hours

ALT 120 Renewable Energy Technology 2 2 3
ENV 110 Environmental Science 3 0 3
SST 110 Introduction to Sustainability 3 0 3
SST 120 Energy Use Analysis 2 2 3
SST 140 Green Building & Design Concepts 3 0 3
Total Credits required: 15

Sequence of Classes

2013 Fall Semester

SST 110 Introduction to Sustainability
SST 140 Green Building & Design Concepts

2014 Spring Semester

SST 120 Energy Use Analysis

2014 Summer Semester

ALT 120 Renewable Energy Technology
ENV 110 Environmental Science

Certificate in Renewable Energy Technologies (C40370A)

Certificate in Renewable Energy Technologies (C40370A)

Certificate in Sustainability

Class Hours

Lab Hours

Credit Hours

ALT 120 Renewable Energy Technology 2 2 3
ALT 250 Thermal Systems 2 2 3
ELC 111 Introduction to Electricity 2 2 3
ELC 220 Photovoltaic System Technology 2 3 3
ELC 230 Wind & Hydro Power Systems 2 2 3
Total Credits required: 15

Sequence of Classes

2014 Summer Semester

ALT 120 Renewable Energy Technology
ELC 111 Introduction to Electricity

2014 Fall Semester

ELC 220 Photovoltaic System Technology
ELC 230 Wind and Hydro Power Systems

2015 Spring Semester

ALT 250 Thermal Systems

Certificate in Sustainable Building Technologies (C40370S)

Certificate in Sustainable Building Technologies (C40370S)

Certificate in Sustainability

Class Hours

Lab Hours

Credit Hours

CST 150 Building Science 2 2 3
SST 110 Introduction to Sustainability 3 0 3
SST 120 Energy Use Analysis 2 2 3
SST 130 Modeling Renewable Energy 2 2 3
SST 140 Green Building & Design Concepts 3 0 3
Total Credits required: 15

Sequence of Classes

2013 Fall Semester

SST 110 Introduction to Sustainability
SST 140 Green Building & Design Concepts

2014 Spring Semester

CST 150 Building Science
SST 120 Energy Use Analysis

2014 Summer Semester

SST 130 Modeling Renewable Energy

 

Program News and Announcements

SST 110 Introduction to Sustainability and SST 140 Green Building & Design Concepts will both be offered in Spring 2014:

If you are looking to take courses in the Sustainability Technologies Program, Spring is a great semester to start!  SST 110 and SST 140 are foundation courses in the program.  If you are seeking to pursue a Sustainability Degree or Certificate, you can enter the program in the Spring and not lose any ground.  If you are enrolled in another program, you are encouraged to come learn more about these interesting and relevant subjects.  Each class offers a unique certification opportunity.  SST 110 will be offered at Wilmington (Downtown) Campus on Monday/Wednesday from 4:30-5:45 PM.  SST 140 will be offered at North Campus on Tuesday from 1:00-3:20 PM.  Classes start on January 7.

The Sustainability Technologies and Landscape Gardening programs are excited to announce an exciting new course starting Spring 2014:

AGR 139 Intro to Sustainable Ag will provide students with an understanding of how food is produced sustainably and will give them the hands-on knowledge to grow food on their own.  Course topics will include aquaponics, hydroponics, organic food, community gardens, raised beds, container gardening, soils, composting, water management, chickens, and bees.  Emphasis will be placed on growing your own food in an urban setting.  This course will be held at North Campus on Tuesday mornings starting January 7.  There are no prerequisites.  AGR 139 serves as a required course in Landscape Gardening and an elective in Sustainability Technologies.



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411 North Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

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Castle Hayne, NC 28429

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Burgaw, NC 28425

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