Degree: Associate of Science
Credit Hours Required: 65
The curriculum for Sustainable Environmental Studies is designed to prepare students to transfer to an environmental science program at a four-year institution or to further employment opportunities. This degree provides a well-rounded approach to the environmental sciences with a strong emphasis on core biology and chemistry components

Program Outcomes:

A. Synthesize basic concepts of environmental sciences.
B. Exhibit knowledge with at least one major taxonomic group.
C. Recognize the environmental issues impacting both the Lake Traverse Reservation and the Global community.
D. Incorporate environmental behaviors that reflect community awareness.
E. Perform good laboratory practices.
F. Exhibit basic mastery of course content.
G. Analyze a land use plan.
Required Professional Courses 24
NS 130 Principles of Botany 4
NS 212 General Biology 4
NS 225 Environmental Science 4
Students are required to complete 12 credit hours selected from: 12
NS 115, NS 135, NS 140, NS 170, NS 215, NS 220, NS 226, or NS 260
General Education Requirements 41
Please refer back to page 32-33 of the catalog for a full description of each of these General Education requirements.
English/Communications 6
Math/Science 7
Humanities 3
Social Sciences 6
Dakota Studies 6
Computer Science 3
General Education 4
General Education Electives 6

Students that come into the program prepared to take 100 level classes, can complete the program in two years (4 semesters) and one summer if taking 15 credits each semester. If a student takes 12 credits, minimum for full-time, the program can be completed in 2.5 years (5 semesters) and one summer.
Sustainable Environmental Instructor: TBA
Cost to complete the program within normal time (15 credits per semester):
(Based on five semesters)

Tuition $ 8,125
Registration Fee 250
Lab Fee $50 (per lab class) 400
Library Usage/Email Account Fee 150
Building Usage Fee 125
Technical Fee 450
Books and Supplies (estimate) 3000
Graduation Fee 40
Activity Fee 150
Total $12,690*


* SWC does not participate in any type of loan program.

There is a science laboratory equipped with equipment and supplies for students to use. There is a special science classroom equipped with computers that are available for student use.

Due to the program size SWC does not publish graduation rates in order to protect the privacy of the students.



Transfer Information – 34 CFR 668.43

Accreditation, Approval, or Licensure ( 34 CFR 668.41(a) –(d); 34 CFR 668.43 )

Names of associations, agencies, or governmental bodies that accredit,approve, or license the school and its programs.
Procedures for obtaining or reviewing documents describing accreditation, approval, or licensing. 

Academic and Financial Aid Appeal 2017 34 CFR 668.41 (a)-(d), 34 CFR 668.42, 34 CFR 668.43

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99)

Retention Rates 34 CFR 668.41 and Graduation Rates

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