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What will I learn?

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.

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

Which department am I in?

South Seattle College

Study options

Full Time (90 credit hours)

Tuition fees
USD $291.28/credit (1-10 credits); USD $63.22/credit (11-18 credits); USD $279.66/credit (19-25 credits (academic)); USD $41.95/credit (19 and above credits (professional/technical))
Application deadline

Expected February 2022

Start date

Expected April 2022


South Seattle College

6000 16th Avenue South West,



98106, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants can apply who are high school graduates; or 18 years of age or older.

We accept an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.0 or higher on the writing section, or a TOEFL (iBT) score of 64 overall with 17 or higher on the writing section.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.