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Environmental Science at HCOP

What Is the Study of Environmental Science?

 Environmental Science draws on basic knowledge of the physical, chemical, biological and quantitative aspects of natural systems. The knowledge of how natural systems work is applied to solving problems largely created by human activities. Often these problems are represented by disturbances in the functioning of natural systems. Humans are altering their own life-support systems – the air, the water and soil. The scale of disturbance ranges from the molecular and cellular to individuals, populations, ecosystems, and regional and global levels.

The Environmental Science major will acquire the scientific and problem solving skills needed to conserve and restore the natural environment.

Students of Environmental Science will go directly into an environmental science career or on to graduate school to further their study.

Why Should I Consider This Major?

Are you excited by how natural systems work? Do you want to solve the problems of the natural environment caused by human activities? Do you love to work outdoors? Do you love the sciences and scientific inquiry? Then Environmental Science is for you.


Environmental Science major admission is selective and based upon the following four criteria:

1. Completion of required preparatory courses

2. A brief essay in response to a given question

3. Relevant experience

4. Academic performance (GPA)

Preparatory Courses: (47-52 credits)

❑ BIOL 204 - Introduction to Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity
❑ BIOL 205 - Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
❑ BIOL 206 - Introduction to Organismal Biology
❑ CHEM 121 - General Chemistry I
❑ CHEM 122 - General Chemistry II
❑ CHEM 123 - General Chemistry III
❑ ENVS 203 - Physical Geography or  GEOL 211 - Physical Geology
❑ MATH 151 - Calculus
❑ PHYS 114 - Principles of Physics I
❑ Advanced Writing Course
❑ Completion of Associates Transfer Degree

Applying as an Environmental Science Major

Once you have completed or are completing an Associate Transfer Degree and required preparatory courses, fill out a Western Washington University Extension Undergraduate Application and a Huxley on the Peninsulas Program Application. Applications are due by March 1. Contact the Program Manager, Nancy Bluestein-Johnson for Huxley on the Peninsulas application and a Transfer & Post-baccalaureate Application for Location Program Admission. The Huxley on the Peninsulas application requires a brief essay and a list of relevant experience.

Advising Tips:

Prospective environmental science majors are encouraged to meet with Program Manager, to explore their environmental science interest, develop a Plan of Study, discuss electives, internships/senior projects and career vs. graduate education.

Contact Information: Poulsbo and Port Angeles Campuses

Crystal Cline | she/her/hers
Program Coordinator & Advisor
OCE: Western on the Peninsulas
Western Washington University
1000 Olympic College Way NW, Poulsbo, WA 98370 | 360-650-3183 | Set up an Appointment with me | Message me on Teams

Contact Information: Everett Campus

Alex Tadio | he/him/his
Program Coordinator
Huxley College on the Peninsulas
Western Washington University
915 N Broadway Ave, Everett, WA 98201 | 3606504485 |

Sample Careers:

  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Naturalist
  • Environmental Inspector
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Fisheries Biologist
  • Marine Biologist
  • Safety and Health Specialist
  • Park Ranger
  • Restoration Biologist
  • Wetlands Ecologist
  • Biological Survey
  • Water Resources Specialist
  • Environmental Chemist
  • Soil Conservation Specialist

Major/Career Resources:

Choosing a Major

To learn more about an Environmental Science degree, please visit Western’s Course Catalog.