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Environmental Science

Associate of Science - Transfer (LASDTAS)

This pathway meets the requirements for the Associate of Science-Direct Transfer Agreement (AS-DTA) degree with an emphasis in Environmental Science. Completion of this degree opens doors to a variety of careers in sectors including research, education, health and safety, non-profit, sustainable development, sustainable business, technology, and ...

This pathway meets the requirements for the Associate of Science-Direct Transfer Agreement (AS-DTA) degree with an emphasis in Environmental Science. Completion of this degree opens doors to a variety of careers in sectors including research, education, health and safety, non-profit, sustainable development, sustainable business, technology, and government. It also allows you to transfer at the junior level into an Environmental Science program at a four-year college or university. 

Students in this pathway develop interdisciplinary skills related to the environment. Students will incorporate and communicate fundamental concepts and principles of environmental science to daily life. Students will utilize the process of scientific inquiry, apply awareness of current affairs to environmental issues, and solve problems using critical thinking. 
 

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Units
Associate of Science - Transfer (LASDTAS) Full time : 7 90-103

You may need more or fewer units depending on your transferred credits, individual situation, and goals.

Sample Schedule and Quarterly To-Do List

90-103 Units

A sample schedule and quarterly to-do list are below. The schedule and to-do list will help you explore courses and complete tasks on time. The guide assumes a fall quarter start, but you can begin in any quarter.

See an advisor to create a personalized educational plan by the end of your second quarter. Your plan will include prerequisites, graduation requirements, and transfer preparation if you plan to transfer to another college or university to earn a bachelor's degree.

Apply and register at North Seattle College anytime (the application is always free). Once you become a student, register for classes using the online class schedule and go to the academic calendar for registration dates and tuition deadlines.

Note about the sample schedule: Courses are offered in various formats and may not be offered each quarter. Click the button with arrows throughout the map to expand the section and view detailed information.

Before Quarter One

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Quarter 1
To-Do List
16 UNITS
To-Do List
ENGL&101
English Composition I
5 units
World Language I or another Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts class
5 units
MATH98 or ABE98
Choose a course
variable units
GEOL111 or SCI113 or SCI116
Choose a course
1 units
Quarter 2
To-Do List
16 UNITS
To-Do List
ENVS&100 or ENVS&101 or Individuals/Cultures/Societies
Choose a course
5 units
ENGL&102
Composition II
5 units
MATH&141
Precalculus I
5 units
SCI or GEOL field trip class
1 units
Quarter 3
To-Do List
16 UNITS
To-Do List
CHEM&121
Intro to Chemistry
5 units
CMST&220 or Visual, Literary and Perf Arts
Choose a course
5 units
MATH&142
Precalculus II
5 units
SCI or GEOL field trip class
1 units
Quarter 4
To-Do List
13 UNITS
To-Do List
  • If cannot take summer classes, take three or more additional field trip class credits in year two (GEOL or SCI).
SCI119 or SCI129
Choose a course
3 units
GEOL207 or GEOL&208
Choose a course
5 units
ECON&201 or ECON&202
Choose a course
5 units
Quarter 5
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Apply for financial aid for the upcoming academic year in Winter or Spring quarter to maximize your funding options.
  • Contact Environmental Science departments at potential universities.
  • Attend transfer fair and workshops.
  • Write your personal statement for university applications.
BIOL&211
Majors Cellular Biology
5 units
CSC111 or CHEM&131
Choose a course
5 units
UGR294
Independent Research
1 - 5 units
Quarter 6
To-Do List
20 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Apply for the Associate of Science - Direct Transfer Agreement (AS-DTA) degree in ctcLink. Check with your assigned advisor to be sure you are meeting degree requirements.
  • Check in with university for transfer plan.
  • Apply to universities or colleges and scholarships.
  • Look for summer internships such as Research Experience for Undergraduates (REUs).
BIOL&212
Majors Animal
5 units
GEOL&110
Environmental Geology
5 units
Visual, Literary and Perf Arts
5 units
UGR294
Independent Research
1 - 5 units
Quarter 7
To-Do List
20 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Continue with undergraduate research and internship opportunities.
  • Order cap and gown for commencement and join alumni association.
  • Attend on-campus graduation fair and commencement ceremony.
BIOL&213
Majors Plant
5 units
MATH211 or BIOL259
Choose a course
variable units
POLS&202 or Individuals/Cultures/Societies
Choose a course
5 units
UGR294
Independent Research
1 - 5 units

More Information

An Environmental Science pathway can lead to various career opportunities. Examples include: 

  • Agricultural Scientists/Food Scientists 
  • Climate Change Analysts 
  • Environmental Enforcement and Compliance Specialist 
  • Environmental/Conservation Scientist 
  • Natural Resource Scientist/Natural Sciences Manager 
  • Park Ranger/Park Naturalist/Environmental Educator 
  • Restoration Ecologist/Wetlands Ecologist/ Soil Conservation Specialist 
  • Soil and Water Toxicologist 
  • Sustainable Development Consultant 
  • University and College Teacher 
  • Water Resources Specialist 
  • Research and Development in any of these fields

A Bachelor's degree or higher may be required for some careers listed above. For current employment and wage estimates, please visit https://www.bls.gov/oes/.

Once you complete this associates degree, additional education opportunities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, or a related field at a four-year college or university. 
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree at one of the Seattle Colleges.

North Seattle College has direct transfer agreements with four-year institutions throughout Washington state, including the University of Washington, Washington State University, and Seattle University. Environmental Science graduates from North have also transferred to out-of-state institutions. Program and admissions requirements vary from college-to-college. Contact a North advisor to create an educational plan tailored to transfer to the institution of your choice. You can use the College Navigator search engine found at http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator to find Environmental Science programs in Washington state or around the country. 

Learn more about the Transfer process, Transfer agreements, and Bachelor’s degrees including transferring to top universities around the state and nation, such as Historically Black Universities and Colleges.

Financial Aid and Funding Resources

It's time to apply for Financial Aid for next year by completing
either the FAFSA or the WASFA 2022-23.

Need help paying for college?

To apply for financial aid, including grants and scholarships you don’t have to pay back, visit North's Financial Aid Department for details. Part-time and full-time students can qualify for financial aid funds.

Area of Study

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

Program Contact

John Figge
email
(206) 934-3737

Math & Science Division

Location
IB 2429 

Division Contacts
email
(206) 934-3746
(206) 934-3748 (fax)

Mailing Address
NSC Math & Science Division
9600 College Way N
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Seattle, WA 98103

Advising Contact

Contact the https://northseattle.edu/advising/contactScience, Technology, Engineering and Math Area of Study advisor

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