About the Environmental Studies Pathway
This pathway is designed to meet Associate in Science Track 1 degree requirements with an emphasis in Environmental Studies. 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 studies or a related field.
Whereas the environmental science pathway is designed for students who want to focus on scientific careers in fields such as pollution abatement, water resources, ecosystem protection, environmental restoration, and environmental management, the environmental studies pathway is more broad in focus.
Environmental studies is a major that provides a broadly integrated understanding that includes, among others, the business, economic, social, and political facets of environmental challenges with a focus on policy, law, and sociality aspect of these challenges. Environmental studies students receive a foundation in the natural sciences but focus more of their studies on the social sciences, policy studies, environmental design, and the humanities.
This pathway typically prepares students for careers in the non-profit sector, government agencies, environmental planning, sustainability advising, green business, environmental education, environmental journalism, and related areas. No matter what career you choose, this pathway will help you take an environmental perspective with you in whatever field you end up working.
Transfer Programs Information Sessions
Come check out our Transfer Programs Information Sessions to learn more and ask questions about our programs. Learn more and sign-up!
Information Sessions will cover the following information:
- Overview of our campus community
- Benefits of attending South Seattle College
- How transfer degrees work
- Areas of Study and Program Pathways
- Student resources and funding opportunities
- Faculty Spotlights
- How to get started
Associate Transfer Degrees
Associate Transfer Degrees: Two-year transfer degrees let you take your freshman and sophomore classes at Seattle Colleges for a fraction of the cost, and then transfer to a four-year university with the skills and confidence to succeed. Be sure to work with a transfer advisor at Seattle Colleges and the four-year institution you plan to attend.
Depending on your program pathway, you can earn either an Associate of Arts (AA-DTA), Associate in Business (AB-DTA), or Associate of Science (AS), Track 1 or Track 2. Learn more.
Program Pathway Map
Program Pathways are a series of courses and experiences carefully selected to help you earn your credential and prepare for your career or university transfer. Program Pathway Maps guide you through quarter-by-quarter coursework, indicate when you’ll need to complete important steps, and describe popular careers in this pathway. Some course sequences or recommended courses can be customized or adjusted by speaking with an advisor.
- Environmental Consultant
- Environmental Educator
- Public Relations Specialist
- Nature Conservation Officer
- Environmental Attorney
- Sustainability Specialist
- Environmental Fundraiser
- Policy Analyst
- Fish & Game Warden
- Environmental Restoration Planner
- City and Regional Planning Aide
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:
- Local Occupational Information from the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County
- National Occupational Information from the O*Net Resource Center (to simply enter a search term, visit O*Net’s keyword search tool).
Future Education Opportunities
Once you complete this Associate degree, additional education opportunities include:
- A bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, 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.
Length of Program
90 credits = 6 quarters if you take 15 credits* each term.
*Students who take 15 credits each quarter earn their degree faster, saving them time and money. Additionally, full-time students often qualify for more financial aid and earn more money over their lifetime because they complete their schooling faster. Meet with an advisor to build your education plan!
Which Quarter Can I Begin?
Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer.
Class Times/Delivery Modes?
Most courses are offered M-TH, M/W, or T/TH during the daytime (between 8-1:30 p.m.) on-campus, online, or in hybrid (part on-campus, part online) format. We also offer some evening courses twice-a-week and science courses may include afternoon labs (between 1-4 p.m.). For the most recent class times, visit the online class schedule.
Approximate Costs Each Quarter
Books, supplies, and miscellaneous fees………………………………….......…....$200
Tuition based on WA resident rates. Rates for international students and non-residents may vary.
Did you know that the average student at South spends three hours applying for financial aid and gets more than $4000 per year?
To apply for financial aid, including grants and scholarships you don’t have to pay back, visit South’s Financial Aid Department for details.
Where can I go if I have questions about College Transfer?
New Students: Please contact our South Outreach Team by calling 206.934.5179 or by email at SouthOutreach@seattlecolleges.edu.
Current Students: Please make a Transfer Planning Appointment with the Advising Department. For more information about transfer events and opportunities, please contact Helen Tupufia Enguerra, Student Success Specialist, at Helen.Enguerra@seattlecolleges.edu.