Applying to the Program
Accepted participants are required to attend a program onboarding in September 2022 (Date to be determined). Participants will also be required to meet all conditions of acceptance identified in the program acceptance letter prior to the start of the Fall 2022 quarter.
- If you are not an SVC graduate, please provide an unofficial copy of your transcript from other colleges with your application.
- The application guidelines are subject to revision and any changes will be posted on this website.
Skagit Valley College BAS in Environmental Conservation (BASEC) Application Steps for Fall 2022
Register for and Attend a program briefing
At the program briefing, program faculty and staff will share an overview of the program, including a discussion of its unique learning model. You will also hear about the program and course pre-requisites and receive program application materials.
You must attend a program briefing to receive application materials.
By the time of entry into the program, you must have:
Attended a program information session.
An associate degree or equivalent college credit with a cumulative GPA of 2.50.*
Completed program pre-requisites, which can be found in the frequently asked questions.
* You may apply if you anticipate receiving your associate's degree before the program start. You may also apply if you have not completed the pre-requisites as long as there is time to complete those courses before the start of Fall quarter. In these cases, you will receive provisional acceptance and these requirements must be cleared before the first day of classes.
Submit an Application for BASEC Program
The application link email will be sent to the same address you used for the program briefing session.
At Skagit Valley College (SVC), BAS programs are selective entry programs. Entry is determined by program faculty review of an application essay.
SVC BAS programs demand considerable amounts of independent learning. Your instructors are curious about your experiences with independent learning. They also want to know more about why you are interested in this BAS program and how this degree will support your aspirations. These areas are the topics of the SVC BAS application essay.
The essay should be between 800-900 words, which is about two single-spaced pages. While BAS staff are not able to review drafts of your essay, we suggest those currently enrolled at SVC consult the Writing Center. https://skagit.mywconline.com. This essay is an important part of your application, and we encourage you to give it your best effort.
Describe an experience where you learned something independently.
- Explain what you learned (the topic, the skills), how you went about learning (tools, techniques, resources you drew on) and what made it an independent learning experience.
- Share what you enjoyed and did not enjoy about the experience, including the reasons why and how you navigated obstacles that came up (if not obstacles came up, explain why).
- Based on this experience, what is one thing you would do differently in an independent learning experience again? Why did you choose this “redo”? If you would do nothing differently, explain why.
Describe your professional interests and background and share your career aspirations from a short-term (five years) and a longer-term (more than ten years) perspective.
- Focus on how a BAS degree will help you achieve your professional goals. If you have not yet identified definitive career aspirations, say so and share your ideas on careers paths you would like to explore.
2. Create a response that is between 800-1,000 words (two single-spaced pages).
3. Submit your response with your application as a word document attachment. Applications without essays will be excluded from the review process.
|Advanced||Complete/ Proficient||Getting There||Unacceptable Missing|
|Response to Prompts||Substantive response to all essay prompts, which demonstrates outstanding preparation and reflection.||Complete or mostly complete responses to essay prompts, which demonstrates adequate preparation and reflection.||Partially complete responses to essay prompts||Does not follow essay prompts.|
|Clarity of Response||Logically structured, with a fluid and seamless flow.
Supports ease of comprehension through appropriate formatting tools.
Few avoidable spelling, punctuation, or proofreading errors.
Mostly logically structured & and comprehensible.
Occasional avoidable spelling, punctuation, or proof-reading errorsSome logical structure and some comprehension are possible.
Multiple avoidable, spelling, punctuation, and proofreading errors.
Format limits effectiveness of responseImpossible or virtually impossible to comprehend