Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary field which studies the earth’s natural systems in the context of social and economic considerations. It includes principles of ecology and environmental science, as well as ethics, policy and planning, law, economics, philosophy, environmental justice and natural resource management. 


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    Academic Program

    Students can choose to focus in one of two areas of environmental studies:

    1. Environmental Science, which focuses on the use of the scientific method to investigate chemical, biological, and quantitative aspects of natural systems; or
    2. Environmental Policy, which focuses on environmental policy development and the economic aspects of natural resource issues

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    The Environmental Studies AA-DTA program is specifically designed for students preparing to transfer to Western Washington University’s Poulsbo Campus, where you can earn a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science or a Bachelor of ARts in Environmental Policy. The coursework may also be applicable to other transfer programs as well. You should work to complete an AA-DTA and include the recommended courses. Work closely with an academic advisor to determine the most appropriate course of study for your individual career interests.

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    Barner Learning Landscape

    The Barner Learning Landscape ⁠— Olympic College's "secret garden" ⁠— features a wide variety of both exotic and native species planted by the Barner family. The landscape offers students hands-on experience identifying plant species and putting their education into practice. The landscape provides opportunities in a wide range of disciplines, including biology, art, anthropology, geography, English and engineering.

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    Faculty Advisors

    The Environmental Studies faculty provides a range of scheduling options to meet the needs of full-time and part-time students and those who need day, evening or distance classes. 

    In addition, “We are highly sensitive to the differential needs and learning styles of our students and utilize a variety of perspectives and pedagogical styles so that both traditional and nontraditional students will find a comfortable and safe learning environment in our classes.” 

    Every student is assigned an advising team consisting of your Student Success Coach and Faculty Advisor. Your Faculty Advisor is determined once you decide on your specific academic program. The following professors are the advisors for Environmental Studies.

    Academic Division

    Environmental Studies is part of the Math, Engineering, Sciences & Health Division (MESH). Visit the MESH Division webpage for more info, including support resources and services, and contact info for division staff and the dean. The MESH Division can connect you with:

    • Advising
    • Book lending and calculator rental
    • Tutoring
    • Support for first-generation and historically underserved populations