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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 100 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. 

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

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 (~2 years). A small cohort of students will work closely with faculty and the dedicated program advisor to complete 90 credits of upper division coursework. 


Is there a required course sequence?

Yes. Cascadia’s BASSP program follows a sequence beginning in the fall quarter. You may choose a full-time or part-time track. The core courses are offered Mondays and Wednesdays (only twice a week), and occasional include a Tuesday/Thursday course.  All core classes are always between 3:30-7:50 pm.  There are some electives in the program, which can be selected from various classes at different times, with some online options. 

Students who want to get started with classes before the Fall starting times should contact the Assistant Director of Sustainable Practices at for more information about the current course sequence. 

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: 

  • Systems Thinking – the ability to collectively analyze complex systems across different domains (society, environment, economy, etc.) and across different scales (local to global)

  • Interpersonal – the ability to motivate, enable, and facilitate collaborative and participatory sustainability research and problem solving

  • Anticipatory – the ability to collectively analyze, evaluate, and craft rich "pictures" of the future related to sustainability issues and sustainability problem-solving frameworks

  • Strategic – the ability to collectively design and implement interventions, transitions, and transformative governance strategies toward sustainability

  • Normative – the ability to collectively map, specify, apply, reconcile, and negotiate sustainability values, principles, goals, and targets

What are the tuition and fees?

We cost less than other four-year programs in the region and students are eligible for traditional financial aid, scholarships, and partial support from some workforce funds.  The tuition schedule for Bachelor of Applied Science degrees matches rates set for upper division coursework at state regional universities.

If you'd like to speak with someone about financial aid, please see our Financial aid page.   If you'd like to learn about workforce funding, BFET funding, or funding for students returning to school, please contact Katie Rousso.

Current tuition rates can be found here

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.

Cascadia also offers several scholarships to students in the Bachelor's of Applied Science Programs!  Please see our foundation page for more information! 

Is this degree accredited?

Yes!  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.

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.  

Our our first cohort of graduates secured positions with innovative companies and organizations such as Recology, City Growers, Swedish Medical Center, Department of Ecology, Farmer Frog, and others.

Some other recent graduates from 2018-2020 cohorts have positions at: O'Brien360, Alderwood Water and Wastewater District, The Natural Option LLC, Green Kirkland Partnership, Esalen Institute, City of Bellevue, Google, Sphere Solar Energy, and Friends of North Creek Forest.  

Some of our graduates are completing Master's degrees at University of Idaho (Environmental Science), University of South Florida (Sustainability Studies), University of Portland (Architecture), Antioch University in Urban Environmental Education, among others!

 Examples of potential sustainability jobs in or region can be found on our Sustainability Careers page, or found in our Sustainability Newsletter!

 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: 

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.  Both are classes within the program designed to give work experience and project based activities while having instructor supervision. 


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

Perhaps you want to improve campus, or your own work-place's processes. 

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.

Many of our students have built gardens and green spaces for local cities, organizations, and even on campus. 

Several students have done research projects in conjunction with state and local governments, campus activities projects, and for private industry!




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