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2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Science Extension Major, BS

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Department of Environmental Sciences, College of the Environment - Salish Sea Region

109-110 (preparatory courses and major)


Students wishing to complete an Environmental Science major in four years should complete the general chemistry series during their freshman year and the general biology series during their sophomore year. Prospective environmental science majors are strongly advised to take additional preparatory courses that provide a strong background in chemistry, biology and mathematics. The preparatory courses are listed with the major; preparatory classes may also be used to fulfill GURs. All preparatory courses required for admission should be completed on a lettered or numeric grading scale, not P/NP, and must be completed with a grade of C- or better. This Environmental Science major is offered at off-site locations. Exact locations are listed in the Extended Education section of this catalog.

Why Consider an Environmental Science Extension Major?


 Contact Information

Department Chair
Ruth Sofield
Environmental Studies 344

Program Manager for
College of the Environment
- Salish Sea Region

Dennis Matthews
Western Washington University
915 N. Broadway Ave.
Everett, WA 98201

Academic Program Director
for the College of the Environment
- Salish Sea Region

Jenise M. Bauman
Western Washington University
1000 Olympic College Way
Poulsbo, WA 98370

 Sample Careers

Wildlife Biologist | Naturalist | Endangered Species Biologist | Environmental Inspector | Environmental Scientist | Fisheries Biologist | Marine Biologist | Safety and Health Specialist | Park Ranger | Aquatic Toxicologist | Wetlands Ecologist | Biological Survey | Water Resources Specialist | Environmental Chemist | Soil Conservation Specialist

 Major/Career Resources


How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

If you are interested in the Environmental Science (Extension), BS major, you must first complete either: a Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) Associate Degree or the equivalent to Western Washington University’s General University Requirements.  You can decide to become an Environmental Science major at any time. It is advantageous to plan for your major during your freshman or sophomore year, as prerequisite classes can be a part of earning your DTA. Contact the program manager (see below) to develop a plan for completing the prerequisite courses while earning your DTA. Your email can be added to the ‘interested students’ distribution list for the College of the Environment - Salish Sea Region and you will begin to receive notifications, general announcements, and information about jobs, internships, or research opportunities.

Important information about admission to the ESCI major:

Admission is a competitive process and requires the coursework above and a satisfactory GPA in all coursework. You must then submit two applications: the Extension Undergraduate Program at admissions.wwu.edu/print/EESPExtensionUGApp.pdf and a College of the Environment - Salish Sea Region application that lists relevant experience and includes a 1-2 page essay describing your reasons for wanting to enter into the Environmental Science Extension major. Applications are obtained from the program manager and accepted in the spring for fall admittance.

If you have any questions, please contact Dennis Matthews, program manager, by phone 360-650-7242.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.


Major (65 credits)

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