Skagit Valley College

Environmental Conservation

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Have you always wanted to work in the natural environment? Interested in studying and managing our wildlands, lakes, rivers and coastal waters, managing for parks and recreation lands, or focusing on the impacts caused by urbanization, forestry practices or agriculture? Enroll in SVC's Environmental Conservation program and begin your career!

  • Program Options

    The Environmental Conservation program is designed to meet the growing need for environmental and natural resource technicians within the natural resources and parkland areas. The program offers four areas of emphasis. The effects from landscape uses such as forestry, agriculture, and urban development are the main focus of the Aquatic/Terrestrial emphasis. Students choosing the Marine emphasis will focus on jobs in the marine environment. Students may also build upon their exsiting AAS-T degree and receive a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Environmental Conservation.

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  • Outcomes

    Graduates of the Environmental Conservation AAS-T and ATA de­grees will be able to:

    • Demonstrate professional, ethical, and culturally sensitive be­haviors expected of entry-level workers in the environmental and natural resource fields.
    • Demonstrate proficiency in general laboratory and field skills expected of entry-level workers in the environmental and natural resource fields.
    • Apply basic ecological principles and concepts when developing an ecological project.
    • Demonstrate the interrelationship of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.
    • Interpret and report field and laboratory data in a scientific manner.

    Graduates of the BASEC program will be able to:

    • Understand and apply federal, state, and tribal policies driving natural resource policies.
    • Use landscape ecology principles and technology to analyze eco­logical scenarios for management decisions at the watershed level.
    • Apply forest ecology and silvicultural techniques to develop man­agement scenarios for working forests.
    • Use salmon biology to inform and to make management deci­sions regarding individual salmon stocks and outline ecological restoration measures.
    • Contribute to natural resource decision-making groups utilizing effective communication techniques.
    • Apply conservation biology strategies and community ecology principles in the management of biodiversity at the landscape level.
    • Incorporate watershed management science in management strate­gies for managing watersheds sustainably for ecosystem services and natural resources.
    • Develop and implement management actions for aquatic habitats.
    • Develop and demonstrate leadership skills within the environ­mental sciences and natural resources management.
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Department Contact

Dr. Claus Svendsen
Department Chair

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