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BACHELOR OF APPLIED SCIENCE IN SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES

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Applications for Fall 2019 are still open!

Imagine a green job where you're...

  • Helping local companies save energy through behavioral changes and operational improvements
  • Restoring habitat in urban forests and natural areas for native fish and wildlife species
  • Increasing access to healthy, local foods for low-income households


 
Sustainability is a concept, a discipline, an ideal. It is the recognition that the prosperity of our planet, our people, and our economy are inextricably linked. By blending coursework in natural sciences, social sciences, management, and technology, Cascadia College's Bachelor of Applied Science in Sustainable Practices provides a pathway to careers in the green industry.  Graduates will learn the skills necessary to plan and implement sustainable approaches to how we live and work by managing complex projects for government agencies, private and non-profit organizations, water, energy, and agriculture industries, construction management firms, and educational institutions. There is no other degree like this in Washington state.

Careers that keep the earth in balance

Our graduates have secured sustainability jobs at the following organizations: Recology, Department of Ecology, Swedish Medical Center, Farmer Frog, Barn2Door, Artisan Electric, Carlsbad Parks and Recreation, and more.

Cascadia's Sustainable Practices degree program will prepare you for a variety of green careers that are in high demand throughout the Puget Sound area.

Our program is set up to accommodate students with busy lives, jobs, and families.
You'll only need to come to campus 2-3 times per week between the hours of 3:30-7:50 p.m. And you can choose between full-time and part-time tracks.
 
 

 

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Endorsed by Industry

 
Dozens of organizations - including Puget Sound Energy, Waste Management, Washington State Department of Ecology, King County Wastewater, City of Bellevue, O'Brien & Company, and McKinstry - have invested time to help shape Cascadia's Sustainable Practices degree to meet their actual employment needs.

 


 

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Taught by exceptional faculty

 
The Bachelor in Applied Science in Sustainable Practices expands upon Cascadia's longstanding commitment to sustainability as both a cultural value and an academic discipline. Cascadia College is recognized as a leader in sustainability education and its instructors are widely regarded as specialists in their respective fields.
 


 

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On our green campus

Cascadia's campus and facilities deliver an abundance of opportunities for hands-on learning. Students do real sustainability work as part of the program including internships, capstone projects, and creating sustainability plans for local businesses. 

 
Plus, students track energy generation and consumption with our monitoring software, analyze our solar panel installations and other features in our LEED platinum building, study ecosystems and practice conservation techniques in our 58-acre wetlands, do statistical modeling in our computer labs, test water and soil samples in our science labs, utilize our weather station, contribute to our campus recycling and vermicomposting programs, and get their hands dirty in our gardening beds. In addition, Cascadia students have full access to the University of Washington library system, one of the most comprehensive library resources in the world.


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Curriculum

  • Intro to Sustainable Practices
    (SUPR 301) 
  • Management of Global Natural Resources
    (GEOG 440) 
  • Social Perspectives on Sustainable Practices 
    (SUPR 325)
  • Environmental Chem, Pollution & Waste Management 
    (ENVS 370)
  • Earth Systems & Global Climate Chang
    (GEOL 360)
  • Biodiversity (BIOL 320)
  • Sustainable Management
    (BUS 480)
  • State Government & Public Policy
    (POLS 306)
  • Statistics and Analytical Processes for Sustainability 
    (SUPR 310)
  • Research Design & Methods in Sustainable Practices
    (SUPR 410)
  • Economics of Natural Resources 
    (ECON 460)
  • Environmental Ethics and Sustainability
    (PHIL 243)
  • Careers in Sustainable Practices
    (SUPR 290)
  • Environmental Politics & Public Policy Analysis
    (POLS 445)
  • Work-Based Learning
    (SUPR 397/497)

The BAS in Sustainable Practices is offered as a full-time or part-time 90-credit degree program. These aren't just classroom courses. We'll get you out of the classroom and into the community. In addition to ongoing water quality, pollinator, and climate change research on campus, most classes include field trips throughout the region to locations such as recycling stations, water treatment plants, and to Olympia to meet with legislators.

Email sclassen@cascadia.edu for any questions about the Program!

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