Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies

Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (LASDTAA)

This pathway is designed to meet Associate of Arts (AA) degree requirements with a concentration 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 ...

This pathway is designed to meet Associate of Arts (AA) degree requirements with a concentration 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.

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Units
Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (LASDTAA) Full time : 6 90

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

Before Quarter One

Step 1: 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.

Step 2: 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.

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 and start at any placement level.

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.

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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
BIOL&100 or BIOL&160
Choose a course
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&146
Introduction to Statistics
5 units
ENVS170
Energy&Resources-Now&Fut
5 units
ENGL&102
Composition II
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&121
Intro to Chemistry
5 units
AME201 or ANTH&206
Choose a course
5 units
Visual, Literary and Perf Arts
5 units
Quarter 4
To-Do List
15 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
CMST&220
Public Speaking
5 units
PSYC245 or POLS&202
Choose a course
5 units
Quarter 5
To-Do List
15 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.
GEOL&110
Environmental Geology
5 units
ECON&201
Micro Economics
5 units
ART111 or Foreign Language I
Choose a course
5 units
Quarter 6
To-Do List
15 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.
ENVS160
Prin Env Sustainability
5 units
ECON&202
Macro Economics
5 units
Foreign Language II or ART112
Choose a course
5 units

More Information

Tuition and Funding

It's time to apply for Financial Aid for next year by completing
either the FAFSA or the WASFA 2024-25.

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.

Learn more about the estimated cost of attendance and general fees to attend college.

Career Opportunities

  • 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:

Future Education Opportunities

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.

Additional Information

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.

Area of Study

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

Program Contact

New or Prospective Students: Please connect with the Welcome Center to discuss South’s program options and for help navigating the Steps to Enroll

Email: southwelcomecenter@seattlecolleges.edu 
Phone: 206-934-7943  

Current Students: Please connect with Advising to create an educational plan and discuss specific class offerings for your program. 

Email: advisorsouth@seattlecolleges.edu 
Phone: 206-934-5387

Advising Contact

If you are already registered for classes or a returning student, 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.  

Emailadvisorsouth@seattlecolleges.edu
Phone: 206-934-5387