Environmental Science

Environmental Science

Associate of Science - Transfer, Track 1 (LRST1AS)

This pathway is designed to meet Associate in Science Track 1 degree requirements with a concentration in Environmental Science. This pre-major pathway prepares you to transfer at the junior level to a four-year college to earn a bachelor's degree in environmental science or a related field. ...

This pathway is designed to meet Associate in Science Track 1 degree requirements with a concentration in Environmental Science. This pre-major pathway prepares you to transfer at the junior level to a four-year college to earn a bachelor's degree in environmental science or a related field. Environmental Science scholars ask questions such as: How can colony collapse disorder be prevented? Should genetically modified food be labeled as such? How does intensive farming impact plant biodiversity? Environmental Science uses a multidisciplinary approach to understand the changes in our natural and human environment. During the course of your studies, you’ll draw on fundamental scientific knowledge in mathematics, chemistry, physics, and biology coupled with specialization in a particular area of science to provide advanced scientific and quantitative understanding of contemporary environmental challenges. During the course of your studies, much of your learning will occur while actively working on problems in the field, with supplementary learning in laboratories and classrooms. This pathway will provide you with key skills that include data collection and analysis, written and oral communication skills, and experience collaborating within teams. ​Environmental Scientists have global opportunities to work in areas such as environmental assessments, industry consulting, the public sector, and more. A degree in Environmental Science can also be used as a stepping-stone to graduate studies or a professional degree such as law, medicine, veterinary medicine, or architecture.

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Units
Associate of Science - Transfer, Track 1 (LRST1AS) Full time : 6 90

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

Sample Schedule and Quarterly To-Do List

90 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 South 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: Classes are offered in various formats such as online (e-learning) 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
15 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Schedule an appointment with your advisor in Starfish to meet and discuss your goals. 
  • Explore careers and majors through workshops, counseling, and WorkSource career services
  • Visit the Library to get help with research; check out resources; access computers and study space; and create media projects. 
  • Visit the Tutoring Center to learn about tutoring services offered in-person and online. 
  • Get involved on campus! Check out some of the resources, clubs and activities available to you through Student Life and TRiO, RST, and more! 
ENVS150
Environmntl Issues/Probl
5 units
ENGL&101
English Composition I
5 units
MATH&146
Introduction to Statistics
5 units
Quarter 2
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Create an educational plan with your advisor. 
  • Research and develop a list of four-year colleges and universities. 
  • Attend transfer workshops and/or a transfer fair. Find more information on our Transfer Resources page. 
  • Apply for financial aid for the upcoming school year in Fall or early Winter Quarter to maximize your funding options. 
  • Visit South’s transfer webpage for transfer information.  
MATH&141
Precalculus I
5 units
ECON&201 or ECON&202
Choose a course
5 units
AME201 or ANTH&206
Choose a course
5 units
Quarter 3
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Update your educational plan with your assigned advisor. 
  • Attend a resume building or career workshop. 
  • Connect with potential universities (virtually or in person) and determine application deadlines. 
  • Research and apply for scholarships
CHEM&139
General Chemistry Prep
5 units
MATH&142
Precalculus II
5 units
GEOL&110
Environmental Geology
5 units
Quarter 4
To-Do List
16 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Update your educational plan with your advisor. 
  • Attend transfer workshops, including a personal statement workshop. 
  • Write your personal statement. 
  • Build relationships with faculty and staff at South to learn more about your pathway and future opportunities. 
  • Apply to universities or colleges and scholarships. 
BIOL&211
Majors Cellular Biology
5 units
CHEM&161
General Chem W/Lab I
6 units
MATH&151
Calculus I
5 units
Quarter 5
To-Do List
16 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Apply for financial aid for the upcoming school year in Fall or early Winter Quarter to maximize your funding options. 
  • Apply to universities or colleges and scholarships. 
  • Explore internships in your major/career. 
  • Apply for graduation for your degree. 
BIOL&212
Majors Animal
5 units
CHEM&162
General Chem W/Lab II
6 units
MATH&152
Calculus II
5 units
Quarter 6
To-Do List
16 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Check in with your university for transfer planning.
  • Order cap and gown for commencement and join alumni association.
  • Attend commencement ceremony.
BIOL&213
Majors Plant
5 units
CHEM&163
General Chem W/Lab III
6 units
CMST&220 or CMST&101
Choose a course
5 units

More Information

  • Environmental Scientist
  • Marine Biologist
  • Environmental Education Officer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Nature Conservation Officer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Recycling Officer
  • Sustainability Consultant
  • Waste Management Officer
  • Water Quality Scientist
  • Environmental Lawyer
  • Environmental Consultant

A bachelor’s degree or higher degree may be required for some careers listed above. For current employment and wage estimates, please visit the following online resources and search for the relevant occupational term:

Once you complete this Associate degree, additional education opportunities include:

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

South Seattle College has direct transfer agreements with four-year institutions throughout Washington state, including University of Washington, Washington State University and Seattle University. Graduates from South have also transferred to out-of-state institutions.

Program and admissions requirements vary from college to college. Contact an advisor to create an educational plan tailored to transfer to the institution of your choice.

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 South'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

College Transfer Division 

Division staff will answer your questions or make the right connections for you to learn more about our transfer degrees and pathways.

Location:  
University Center (UNI 101)   

Phone: 
206.934.6600 

Email: collegetrnsfr.south@seattlecolleges.edu  

Advising Contact

New Students: Please visit the Welcome Center website for help with the Steps to Enroll or to meet with the Welcome Center team. 

Current Students: Please see your primary advisor to create an educational plan. If you need assistance getting connected to the appropriate advisor, visit the Advising Center website