Environmental Studies


Length of Program: 90 Credits Completion Award: A.A. Degree


Faculty and Advising Contacts


Emanuela Agosta

Rm 5352



Chip Dodd

Rm 5377



Matt Loper

Rm 5351



Tim Payne

Rm 5342



Joyce Fagel

Rm 2814


Program Description

The 90 credit Associate in Arts degree is designed to meet the general education requirements at Washington State four-year institutions and prepares students for baccalaureate majors in Environmental Studies, Environmental Conservation, Natural Resources, and Sustainability Studies. Students who want to focus on the scientific aspects are recommended to follow the Environmental Science—Associate in Science degree.


Environmental Studies — What is it?
Environmental Studies integrates knowledge across the natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities to explore the effects of human activities on the natural world. Students learn to identify environmental problems, analyze causes and develop solutions to promote preservation, sustainability and stewardship of the natural world.

Contemporary issues in Environmental Studies:

Climate Change, Resource Depletion, Renewable Energy and Green Technology, Sustainability, Habitat Restoration, Environmental Policy and Environmental Justice.


Career Opportunities —What can I do with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies?
Environmental Studies majors develop knowledge and skills to work in a variety of workplace settings—from environmental law and urban planning, to air, water and waste management, students develop skills in critical thinking, communications, consultation, negotiations, advocacy, community education, public policy and legislation.

Potential employers include:

Local, State and Federal Government, Environmental Protection Agencies, Natural Resources Conservation Services, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Environmental Research Laboratories, Consulting Firms, Colleges and Universities, Waste Management Companies, Political Action Committees, Law Firms, Architectural Firms, Treatment Plants, American Indian Nations, Utilities and Timber Companies, Land Trust Organizations, Business, and Non-Profit Organizations and Foundations. For more, please visit Career Counseling.


Transfer Possibilities — Where can I transfer?
An Associate Degree from Shoreline  makes it possible for students to transfer to public and private colleges and universities throughout the U.S. with junior standing. Shoreline also has agreements with several universities to make transferring even easier. Please visit our transfer agreements page for a list of those options.  For transfer within Washington State, we offer a special degree called the AA-DTA. For international students, Shoreline also has conditional admission agreements that allow a student to be simultaneously accepted by Shoreline and a university of the student's choosing.