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Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Conservation (BASEC)


  • Program Overview

    The bachelor of applied science degree in Environmental Conservation at Skagit Valley College builds on an existing AAS-T degree in Environmental Conservation or other comparable AAS-T degrees in natural resources.  The degree adds upper division courses at the junior and senior level leading to a four-year baccalaureate degree. Students are primarily accepted to start during fall quarter.

    The BASEC degree opportunity is designed to meet the growing employment needs for graduates with advanced skills in the environmental sciences and natural resource management areas in the Puget Sound region as well as other regions of the Pacific Northwest.  Graduates with a BASEC will acquire the necessary skills for advanced field and laboratory work and be able to move into management and supervisory positions within natural resource management divisions in the public and private sector. 

    The BASEC program schedule is designed to meet the needs of working adults, with one third of the curriculum offered online. Face-to-face classes meet at the Mount Vernon Campus.

  • Outcomes

    Graduates will be able to:

    • Understand and apply federal, state, and tribal policies driving natural resource policies.
    • Use landscape ecology principles and technology to analyze ecological scenarios for management decisions at the watershed level.
    • Apply forest ecology and silvicultural techniques to develop management scenarios for working forests.
    • Use salmon biology to inform and to make management decisions regarding individual salmon stocks and outline ecological restoration measures.
    • Contribute to natural resource decision-making groups utilizing effective communication techniques.
    • Apply conservation biology strategies and community ecology principles in the management of biodiversity at the landscape level.
    • Incorporate watershed management science in management strategies for managing watersheds sustainably for ecosystem services and natural resources.
    • Develop and implement management actions for aquatic habitats.
    • Develop and demonstrate leadership skills within the environmental sciences and natural resources management.
  • How to Apply

    Entry Process and Requirements

    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.

    SVC has an open door policy. Students with disabilities have support through the SVC Disability Support Services. General tutoring in Math, IT skills, and English are available. In addition, the Environmental Conservation Program has program tutors 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 BASEC.

    Prerequisites

    • 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 start date is generally Fall Quarter start.
    • The application deadline is March 31st; applications arriving later will be considered if space is available.
    • Student submits a resume and college transcripts, including projected coursework for spring and summer.
    • 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 the end of April.
    • 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.
    • It is recommended that you start the FAFSA application process as early as possible

    Mail applications to:

    Dr. Claus Svendsen
    A-218 Laura Angst Hall
    Skagit Valley College
    2405 E. College Way
    Mount Vernon, WA 98273-5899