Environmental Studies at HCOP

Why should I consider this major?

Do you want to use your knowledge and skills to promote positive change in the environment? Do you love solving complex environmental problems and implementing shared visions in both natural settings and urban communities? Are you interested in the laws and policies that govern environmental change? Then Environmental Studies is the major for you.

What is the study of Environmental Studies?

Academic programming is designed to prepare tomorrow’s interdisciplinary problem solvers by integrating educational course work, faculty-student collaboration, applied research, and professional and community service. The Studies major includes core classes in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities to offer three areas of emphasis: Environmental Science Minor, Environmental Policy, and GIS. Graduates of this major have been hired for positions in county, tribal and state planning offices, non- profit organizations, consulting, and public relations for governmental agencies.


Environmental Studies 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)

Prep Courses

❑Biology  101 with Lab - Introduction to Biology

❑Chemistry 121L or 161L - General Chemistry

❑Economics 202 - Microeconomics

❑Geography - Physical Geography

❑ Math 114, or 156 - Pre-calculus or Algebra with Apps to Bus/Econ

❑Math 281 - Statistics

❑ Completion of Associate Direct Transfer Degree

Applying as an Environmental Policy 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 for a 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 policy majors are encouraged to meet with Program Manager, to explore their environmental studies interest, develop a Plan of Study, discuss electives, internships/senior projects and career vs. graduate education.

Contact Information:

Alex Tadio | he/him/his
Program Coordinator
Huxley College on the Peninsulas
Western Washington University
915 N Broadway Ave, Everett, WA 98201
tadioa@wwu.edu | 3606504485 | https://calendly.com/tadioa


Sample Careers:

  • Urban Planner
  • Environmental Lawyer (this field requires additional education)
  • Sustainability Coordinator
  • Environmental Public Relations
  • Director of Non-Profit Org.
  • National Park Service
  • Environmental Advocate
  • Industry Planner
  • State, County, City, Tribal Planner

For general degree preparation and prerequisites, please visit our advising page.

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

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