Burlington County College and The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey recently signed a Guaranteed Admission Program (GAP) agreement for their latest “green” degrees. Last fall, both colleges launched degree programs in the growing field of sustainability.
The agreement, signed at Stockton’s Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 20, will allow BCC students studying sustainability to seamlessly transfer into Stockton’s program after earning their associate’s degree. Students who meet the necessary requirements for the degree program will enter into Stockton College with junior status and be able to graduate with a bachelor’s degree within two years.
“This agreement affords BCC students studying sustainability the very important opportunity to continue to pursue a bachelor’s degree in this field,” said BCC President David C. Hespe. “We are proud to partner with institutions like The Richard Stockton College. They have also been leaders in this area and environmental innovators.”
BCC is the first two-year college in the tri-county area to offer comprehensive green associates degree programs. With support from a NASA grant, BCC created the Center for Sustainability and Alternative Energy and is now offering four green degree programs: Associate of Science in Sustainability Policy & Management, Associate of Applied Science in Energy Management, Associate of Applied Science in Alternative Energy Technologies, and Associate of Science in Sustainable Energy Studies. The
Associate of Science degrees are specifically designed to transfer into four-year institutions.
“In the fall of 2012, the first Stockton students enrolled in our sustainability program, which is Stockton’s newest undergraduate degree program, and just one year later, we are proud to be clearing the pathway to bring Burlington County College students in,” said Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp.
To qualify for acceptance, BCC students must earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and declare their intention to enroll in the GAP program before completing 30 credits at BCC. Stockton College’s sustainability program integrates the natural sciences, technology, economics, policy, ethics and other fields. Enhancing sustainability education is a core component in Stockton’s
2020 Strategic Plan.
BCC and Stockton College have GAP agreements in more than 40 majors covering everything from history and literature to economics and public health.