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Entry Process and Requirements into BAS Environmental in Conservation Degree Program

SVC has an open door policy.  Students with disabilities have support through the SVC Disability Support Services.  In addition, general tutoring in Math, IT skills, and English are available.  In addition, the Environmental Conservation Program have a program tutor who have the ability to tutor in more specialized subjects such as watershed management, and GIS.  These services ensure that all students have the potential to be successful.  Once they graduate with their associate’s degree they will be able to continue their education in the BASCE.  Finally, it is one of SVC’s core values (see Criteria 1). 

Generally, the BAS in Environmental Conservation (BASEC) is intended for students graduating from SVC’s AAS-T in Environmental Conservation; including CHEM& 121 or equivalent.  Most of these students are place bound and have little or no opportunity for attending a four-year university.

Students graduating from other community colleges with a degree in natural resources or natural science may also apply.  Currently, Spokane CC, Grays Harbor CC, Green River CC, Walla Walla CC, Olympic Peninsula CC, and Wenatchee CC are offering .degrees in the natural science subject title.

Prerequisites (Eligibility)

  • AAS-T or ATA degree in an environmental- or ecology-related field from a community college. Degree must include 10 college-level English Composition, MATH& 146 or 5 credits of statistics, 5 credits of communication, and 5 credits of chemistry CHEM& 121.
  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in an environmental- or ecology-related field, including 10 college-level English Composition, introduction to stats MATH& 146 or 5 credits of statistics, 5 credits of communication, and 5 credits of chemistry CHEM& 121.
  • Associate in Technical Arts (ATA) in an environmental- or ecology-related field, including college-level courses: 10 credits of English composition, MATH& 146 or 5 credits of statistics, 5 credits of communication, and 5 credits of chemistry CHEM& 121.
  • AS degree with a biology emphasis including 10 college-level English Composition, MATH& 146 or 5 credits of statistics, 5 credits of communication, and 5 credits of chemistry. Transcript evaluation by Dept. Chair. Remedial ecology courses may be needed.
  • Two years of university or college courses equivalent to an AAS degree including 10 college-level English Composition, MATH& 146 or 5 credits of statistics, 5 credits of communication, and 5 credits of chemistry CHEM& 121.
  • Minimum GPA 2.5
  • At least one course in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) – preferably using ArcView/ArcInfo software and one course in Global Positioning Systems (GPS) interfacing with GIS.

Application Process

  • Admission date is generally Fall Quarter start.
  • Applications are due by June; applications arriving later will be considered if space is available.
  • Student submits a resume and college transcripts.
  • Applications will be reviewed to ensure that minimum requirements and prerequisites have been met.
  • Two letters of recommendation attesting to the student’s ability to succeed at the baccalaureate level are required, preferably from an instructor and an employer.
  • Students will be notified of acceptance by July.
  • Start dates other than autumn will require departmental approval and is only recommended for part-time students.
  • Sequencing and scheduling will be done in consultation with a BASEC advisor
    (Dr. Claus Svendsen, Dept. Chair) or BASEC counselor (Dr. Gail Bruce).
  • Students may enroll into individual classes on a space available basis if they meet entry qualifications.