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What is a Bachelor in Applied Science?

The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) is a baccalaureate degree with a major in a technical field that has substantial applied content. Cascadia’s baccalaureate degree will lead graduates to jobs in the green industry sector that promote environmental protection and clean energy. In 2012 the Washington State Legislature authorized the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) to review and approve baccalaureate programs for its 34 member institutions in order to address the state’s economic and industry needs.  Since then, more than 30 Bachelor in Applied Science programs have been developed according to strict guidelines and are currently enrolling students. Every program is designed to create affordable pathways to jobs that are in high demand.

 

You can download the SBCTC's flyer about the system's Bachelor of Applied Science programs. 

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What does "sustainability" mean in the context of this degree?

The Environmental Protection Agency’s says, “Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony that permits fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.” The underlying premise is that the infrastructure of our economy is based on non-renewable energy sources. The transition to renewable energy sources will stimulate our economy by creating new jobs while simultaneously advancing social and economic justice. Cascadia’s BAS in Sustainable Practices will educate professionals who are capable of designing, integrating, and influencing resource use on behalf of organizations in order to meet the needs of the present without compromising the future.

 

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“Ojibwe prophecy speaks of a time…when our people will have a choice between two paths. The first path is well-worn and scorched. The second path is new and green. It is our choice as communities and individuals how we will proceed.” – Winona LaDuke

 

“We should use the transition to a better energy strategy as an opportunity to create a better economy and a better country all around.” – Van Jones

 

“In 200 years, people will look back on this time and wonder how did all those people allow (this) to vanish?” – Jane Goodall

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What is the program design?

The BAS in Sustainable Practices is intended for students who have completed an associate degree in a related subject or meet the distribution requirements through prior college coursework. It is designed as a full-time program to be completed in six quarters. A small cohort of students will work closely with faculty and the dedicated program advisor to complete 90 credits of upper division coursework. 

 

Jodie Galvan serves as the Assistant Director for Cascadia's Sustainable Practices degree. Jodie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Resources and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science both from the University of Idaho. Prior to joining Cascadia, she managed a visitor’s center for The Nature Conservancy in southeast Idaho, led the Solano Resource Conservation District in the implementation of soil, water and habitat best management practices in central California, taught studio courses for the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of California Davis, implemented a watershed scale river restoration program on the Cedar River and raised public and private funding for conservation projects at Forterra NW. Jodie helps to guide students through the program, and is excited to use her skills and experience to help others launch their own careers in the growing field of sustainability. 

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Is there a required course sequence?

Yes. Cascadia’s BASSP program follows a two-year sequence beginning in the fall quarter.  The courses are offered Mondays-Thursdays during fall, winter and spring quarters as a full-time 90-credit degree program. 

Year 3 (45 credits)   
 Fall  (15 credits)  Winter  (15 credits) Spring  (15 credits)
Intro to Sustainable Practices Global Historical Themes in Sustainability Public, Civic & Community Advocacy

Social Perspectives on Sustainable Practices

Environmental Chemical, Pollution & Waste Management Earth Systems & Global Climate Change
Biodiversity State Government & Public Policy Statistics & Analytical Processes for Sustainability

 

Year 4 (45 credits)   
 Fall  (15 credits)  Winter  (15 credits) Spring  (15 credits)
Research Methods  Data Science & Visualization Sustainable Management

Applied Environmental Ethics

Environmental Politics & Public Policy Analysis

Economics of Natural Resources

Management of Natural Resources Capstone Project and Work-Based Learning Capstone Project and Work-Based Learning

 

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What competencies will I develop in this program?

The Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Sustainable Practices is intentionally designed to prepare students as sustainability professionals who can build resilience and implement meaningful change in response to complex environmental, economic and social problems. The program seeks to develop five competencies: 

  1. Systems Thinking – the ability to collectively analyze complex systems across different domains (society, environment, economy, etc.) and across different scales (local to global)
  2. Interpersonal – the ability to motivate, enable, and facilitate collaborative and participatory sustainability research and problem solving
  3. Anticipatory – the ability to collectively analyze, evaluate, and craft rich "pictures" of the future related to sustainability issues and sustainability problem-solving frameworks
  4. Strategic – the ability to collectively design and implement interventions, transitions, and transformative governance strategies toward sustainability
  5. Normative – the ability to collectively map, specify, apply, reconcile, and negotiate sustainability values, principles, goals, and targets
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What are the tuition and fees?

The tuition schedule for Bachelor of Applied Science degrees is identical to rates set for upper division coursework at state regional universities.

Current tuition rates can be found here http://www.cascadia.edu/enrollment/pay.aspx.

 
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Is financial aid available?

Yes. Financial aid awards are need-based. Cascadia students who are eligible for financial assistance may qualify for state or federal grants, loans, and work-study. In addition, every year Cascadia’s Foundation offers a series of scholarship awards to students.

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Is this degree accredited?

This degree has been approved and recognized by the State of Washington under the authority of RCW 28B.50.810 and is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, which is the accrediting authority for all postsecondary institutions in a seven-state region.

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Is there any job placement data?

The BAS in Sustainable Practices is too new to have job placement data. When developing the degree, however, Cascadia College worked with local industry to ensure the skills students will develop are in demand in the regional, state, and national workplace.  

 

Examples of current sustainability jobs in or region can be found on our Sustainability Careers page.

 

In addition, there are a number of sources that include state and regional job listings and other useful career information, Here are just a few: 

 

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Department of Ecology

Green Jobs Network

National Career Development Association

Sustainability Career Resources

Virtual Career Network - Green Economy

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What will the capstone project and work-based learning credits entail?

The courses dedicated to the capstone project and work-based learning provide opportunities for students to apply their knowledge and further develop their skills in a variety of workplace settings. 

 

For instance, you might help a local company develop and implement a recycling system that would not only reduce waste but post financial savings.

 

Or, perhaps, you'll spend time at a water treatment plant and learn about the processes responsible for conveying, treating, and disinfecting millions of gallons of waste water daily.

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What criteria will you use to evaluate my application?
 The timeline for the review process, the review team, and the evaluation criteria are set forth in this application evaluation criteria document.
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