To be eligible for graduation with the bachelor of arts degree, each student enrolled in the program must meet the UW Tacoma scholastic standards (2.0 UW GPA), credits required (minimum 180) and the final-year residency requirement and complete the following program requirements:
- Complete all general education requirements not met with transfer courses. See advisor for details.
- Complete a minimum of 45 credits of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences course work. Some majors or concentrations may require more.
- Complete a minimum of 45 credits of upper-division course work, including transfer courses and UW Tacoma courses.
- Complete 5 credits of English composition with a minimum 2.0 grade. This must be completed in a student’s first two quarters at UW Tacoma.
- Complete the requirements for a major or concentration (minors are optional).
- No more than 15 elective credits can be taken for a Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory grade. See advisor for details.
- Complete at least 45 of last 60 credits in residence at the University of Washington Tacoma.
- Meet with an advisor to complete a graduation application no later than the second week of the quarter in which the student plans to graduate.
Note: Environmental Sustainabiliy majors may not earn the Environmental Studies minor or Restoration Ecology minor. Environmental Sustainability majors may earn the Restoration Ecology certificate.
For Environmental Sustainability, you need to complete 40 preparatory credits and 58-60 credits to meet the degree requirements. You must earn a total of 180 quarter credits, or 225 quarter credits for a double degree, in order to earn a bachelor of arts degree in your chosen major.
Environmental Sustainability preparatory courses
Preparatory courses must have been completed within the last 5 years. If they were completed before that time frame or for specific transfer courses that are accepted, please consult an academic advisor.
Additionally, students must be computer literate, which is defined as the ability to use word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and communication software.
- Preparatory courses
- TBIOL 110 General Biology (with lab); minimum 1.5 GPA (formerly TESC 110)
- TCHEM 131 Chemistry and Society (with lab); minimum 1.7 GPA (formerly TESC 131)
- TECON 200 Introduction to Microeconomics; minimum 2.0 GPA
- TGEOS 243 Geography of the Physical Environment (with lab); minimum 2.0 GPA (formerly TESC 243)
- TMATH 110 Introductory Statistics with Applications; minimum 2.0 GPA
- TPHIL 251 Data and Discourse; minimum 2.0 GPA
- TPSYCH 340 Environmental Psychology; minimum 2.0 GPA (Note: prerequisite of TPSYCH 101)
- TWRT 211 Argumentation and Research; minimum 2.0 GPA or TWRT 291 Technical Communication in the Workplace; minimum 2.0 GPA
Environmental Sustainability degree requirements
- Core Courses (35 credits):
- TBIOL 232 Issues in Biological Conservation (formerly TESC 232)
- TESC 201 The Science of Environmental Sustainability
- TESC 345 Pollution and Public Policy
- TEST 200 Fundamentals of Environmental Studies and Sustainability
- TLAW 438 Environmental Law
- TWRT 331 Writing in the Natural Sciences
- One of the following:
- Capstone experience: must select at least a 3-credit option from the list on the Environmental Sustainability web page.
Options for in-depth Focus
Take 4 or more courses in one selected option. See Environmental Sustainability web page for approved option lists.
- Environmental Policy and Law
- Environmental Communication
- Business/Nonprofit Environmental Sustainability
- Environmental Education