Environmental Science

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Environmental Science

Pathway Overview

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.


Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.

Environmental Science is the study of environmental systems, including ecology, oceanology, geology and the solution of environmental problems.

Earn a college transfer degree that includes Environmental Science classes. Planning to Major in Environmental Science? Download this handy guide (pdf).

Learn more about the Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Food Systems Program.

Students who major in environmental studies or environmental science may go on to work for governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, or corporations. With an Environmental Science background, you can focus on environmental policy, collecting data or monitoring compliance on environmental issues. Some students who major in environmental science work outdoors monitoring water quality, tracking endangered species, introducing children to the natural environment, or advocating for new policies and better enforcement of policies that protect the environment and human health.

Courses Offered

  • Intro to Environmental Science
  • Environmental Issues/Problems
  • Principles Environmental
  • Sustainability Energy & Resources–Now & in the Future
  • General Ecology
  • Nuclear Choices
  • Agroecology: An Ecological Approach to Agriculture
  • Soil Science and Conservation
  • Urban Vegetable Production
  • Urban Fruit Production
  • Food Systems Analysis
  • Careers Seminar in Sustainable Agriculture
  • Internship in Sustainable Agriculture
  • Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture

To read course descriptions for the current and upcoming quarter as well as register, visit the class schedule.

Environmental Science Careers

  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Education Officer
  • Environmental Manager
  • Marine Biologist
  • Nature Conservation Officer
  • Sustainability Consultant
  • Waste Management or Recycling Officer

Environmental Science Faculty

Carolann Castell
University of Washington, M.S. (Science)

Katie Chenu (Department Lead)
Scipps Institution of Oceanography, Ph.D. (Earth Science)

Grace Sparks
University of Washington, Ph.D. (Ecosystems Analysis)