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Environmental Health

Associate of Science - Transfer, Track 1 (LRST1AS)

This program is designed for students who wish to complete an Associate of Science – Track 1 degree with a concentration in Environmental Health. It also allows students to transfer at the junior level into an Environmental Science program at a four-year college or university or complete a Bachelor of ...

This program is designed for students who wish to complete an Associate of Science – Track 1 degree with a concentration in Environmental Health. It also allows students to transfer at the junior level into an Environmental Science program at a four-year college or university or complete a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) from a Washington state community college.

This versatile STEM degree paves the way for careers with highly competitive salaries. Many graduates go directly to work, starting careers as environmental health specialists, workplace safety managers, public health consultants and policy advisers.

Completion of this program prepares students to transfer at the junior level to an Environmental Health program at a four-year college or university, as well as opening doors to a wide variety of related careers.

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Units
Associate of Science - Transfer, Track 1 (LRST1AS) Full time : 7 90-108

You may need more or fewer units depending on your transferred credits, individual situation, and goals.

Before Quarter One

Step 1: Apply and register at Seattle Central College anytime (the application is always free). Once you become a student, register for classes using the online class schedule and go to the academic calendar for registration dates and tuition deadlines.

Step 2: See an advisor to create a personalized educational plan by the end of your second quarter. Your plan will include prerequisites, graduation requirements, and transfer preparation if you plan to transfer to another college or university to earn a bachelor's degree.

Sample Schedule and Quarterly To-Do List

90-108 Units

A sample schedule and quarterly to-do list are below. The schedule and to-do list will help you explore courses and complete tasks on time. The guide assumes a fall quarter start and college placement, but you can begin in any quarter and start at any placement level.

Note about the sample schedule: Classes are offered in various formats such as online (e-learning) and may not be offered each quarter. Click the button with arrows throughout the map to expand the section and view detailed information.

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Quarter 1
To-Do List
To-Do List
  • Schedule an appointment with your assigned advisor in Starfish to discuss your academic goals and to create a short-term educational plan
  • Visit the Learning Support and Tutoring Center for tutoring
  • Drop by the Library to get help with research; check out resources; access computers and study space; and create media projects
  • Apply to the Ready Set Transfer (RST) Academy
General Chemistry Prep
5 units
Intro to Env Science W/ Lab
5 units
Precalculus I
5 units
Orientation to College
3 units
Quarter 2
To-Do List
To-Do List
Precalculus II
5 units
General Chemistry W/ Lab I
6 units
English Composition I
5 units
Quarter 3
To-Do List
To-Do List
  • Consider Student Leadership positions and other on-campus jobs
  • Visit potential universities and determine application deadlines
  • Meet with Transfer Center advisor to determine transfer eligibility
  • Attend the University of Washington Undergraduate Research Symposium
General Chemistry W/ Lab II
6 units
Calculus I
5 units
Majors Cellular Biology W/ Lab
5 units
Quarter 4
To-Do List
To-Do List
  • Create long-term educational plan with your assigned advisor
  • Research and contact Environmental Health departments at potential universities
  • Attend transfer workshops and a transfer fair
  • Attend transfer day at prospective university
  • Write your personal statement for university applications
Majors Animal W/ Lab
5 units
General Chemistry W/ Lab III
6 units
Calculus II
5 units
Quarter 5
To-Do List
To-Do List
  • Apply to universities or colleges and scholarships
  • Look for summer internships such as Research Experience for Undergraduates (REUs).
  • Plan to participate in the transfer student events at prospective universities
  • Apply for FAFSA or WASFA at transfer university
Majors Plant W/ Lab
5 units
Organic Chemistry I
4 units
Visual, Literary and Perf Arts or World Languages 1
Choose a course
5 units
Quarter 6
To-Do List
To-Do List
  • Check in with university for admissions status
Organic Chemistry II
4 units
Visual, Literary and Perf Arts or World Languages 2
Choose a course
5 units
Introduction to Statistics
5 units
Quarter 7
To-Do List
To-Do List
Organic Chemistry Lab I
4 units
Choose a Course
5 units
ENGL&102 or CMST&101 or CMST&220
Choose a course
5 units

More Information

Tuition and Funding

It's time to apply for Financial Aid for next year by completing
either the FAFSA or the WASFA 2024-25.

Need help paying for college?

To apply for financial aid, including grants and scholarships you don’t have to pay back, visit Central's Financial Aid Department for details. Part-time and full-time students can qualify for financial aid funds.

Learn more about the estimated cost of attendance and general fees to attend college.

Career Opportunities

An Environmental Health pathway can lead to various career opportunities. Examples include: 

  • Environmental Scientist
  • Marine Biologist
  • Environmental Education Officer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Nature Conservation Officer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Recycling Officer
  • Sustainability Consultant
  • Waste Management Officer
  • Water Quality Scientist
  • Environmental Lawyer
  • Environmental Consultant

A Bachelor’s degree or higher may be required for some careers listed above. For current employment and wage estimates, please visit https://www.bls.gov/oes/.  To discuss additional careers options, speak with faculty once you begin classes or contact the Career Exploration Center. CareerServicesCenter@seattlecolleges.edu or 206.934.4383 

Future Education Opportunities

Once you complete this Associate degree, additional education opportunities include:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Health or a related field at a four-year college or university.

Seattle Central College has direct transfer agreements with four-year institutions throughout Washington state, including University of Washington, Washington State University and Seattle University. Environmental Health graduates from Central have also transferred to out-of-state institutions. Program and admissions requirements vary from college to college. Contact an advisor to create an educational plan tailored to transfer to the institution of your choice. You can use the College Navigator search engine found at http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator to find Environmental Health programs in Washington state or around the country. 

Additional Information

Learn more about the Transfer process, Transfer agreements, and Bachelor’s degrees including transferring to top universities around the state and nation, such as Historically Black Universities and Colleges.

Area of Study

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

Program Contact

For more information, contact
Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Business Division

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