Environmental Sciences

Environmental Studies Has Outstanding Labs and Access to UW Facilities

North’s Environmental Studies courses use outstanding lab facilities—the finest collections and equipment of any community college earth science program. And the College has a close working relationship with the UW and access to university facilities.

ES courses satisfy AA science degree or career training program requirements, provide transfer preparation without a degree, individual courses for those already in a 4-year school (lab science credits especially in demand) or personal enrichment.

Choose from online, hybrid and daytime classes, as well as summer intensives and field trips.

Curriculum Highlights

  • Understand basic ecological concepts, theories and methods of research.

  • Gain knowledge of the function of ecosystems, their interaction and human impact upon them.

  • Acquire an understanding of environmental problems and their possible solutions.

  • Discuss the interconnections among the individual, community, nation and global society and the role of each in solving global environmental problems.

  • Examine the ecological successes and failures of selected cultures and subject matter of environmental science in different cultures/civilization/societies, Western and non-Western.

  • Relate population impacts to ecological limits.



Study Fundamental Scientific Methodology, Concepts & Vocabulary

Science courses at North provide non-majors with courses that satisfy degree requirements, career training requirements, provide transfer credits or personal enrichment, and introduce the methodology of science, as well as fundamental scientific concepts and vocabulary. Courses often are interdisciplinary and include field trips and lab work.

Sampling of Courses

Science 100 Introduction to Science is a general science course introducing students to some of the  major concepts and ideas in science – including exploration of biology, physics, chemistry, geology, astronomy and ecology. Discovering patterns is a major theme, and a lab is included. The course often offers an integrated studies option.

Science 121 Natural Disasters is a rigorous, multi-disciplinary 5-credit course, including geology, meteorology, oceanography and a little astronomy. This courses satisfies the lab science requirement, is a transfer class, and engages you in graphic and topical discussions, mapping natural hazards and learning things that could save your life. Several field trips are included.

John Figge
(206) 934-3737

Math & Science Division

IB 2429 

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

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

Alissa Agnello