2023-2025 Catalog

Bachelor of Science, Native Environmental Science, Interdisciplinary Concentration Option, Junior-Entry Alternative

This alternative is for students entering at the junior level after earning an approved Associate in Arts and Sciences or the equivalent from NWIC or another institution. Northwest Indian College accepts the Associate in Arts Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) from Washington state community colleges. Students who have completed another type of associate’s degree should consult with an advisor because additional coursework may be necessary to complete program requirements. Students transferring from another college may apply up to 90 credits from an approved transfer degree toward completion of the program. Students must complete at least 180 credits, 60 of which are at the 300-499 level, in order to graduate. Please note that early declaration in this degree program is highly recommended.

Prerequisite Requirements

Required (21 Credits)

Students are expected to complete the prerequisite courses as preparation for the Native Environmental Science core and Interdisciplinary Concentration Option requirements.

BIOL 201Cell Biology: Creation, Energy and the Gift of Life


CHEM 121General Chemistry I


GEOL 101Introduction to Geology


MATH 102College Algebra


NESC 110Intro to Native Environmental Scien


NOTE: The MATH 102 requirement may also be satisfied by the following higher level math courses: MATH 103, MATH 104, MATH 105, MATH 124, MATH 125, or MATH 126.

Prior Credits (90 Credits)

Approved Associate’s degree or transfer degree.

Native Environmental Science Core Requirements (35 Credits)

CSOV 300Cultural Sovereignty Transfer Seminar


CSOV 301Indigenous Theory and Methods: We Own Our Knowledge


CSOV 302Indigenous Research: Validating our Past, Writing our Future


MATH 210Biostatistics


NESC 310Native Science


NESC 499Native Environmental Science Capstone


POLS 319FromBegTime: NA Fishing Rights


CSOV 300: Students who have completed CSOV 101 or the equivalent at NWIC or another institution need to enroll in 5 credits of upper-division coursework in place of CSOV 300.

NESC 499: 5 credits of NESC 499 are required, up to 10 credits are allowed through variable credits, which count towards electives.

Interdisciplinary Concentration Option Requirements (55 Credits, 30 credits must be 300-400 level)

NESC 305NES Concentration Seminar


NESC 305: taken the 1st or 2nd quarter in concentration

Individualized studies courses within concentration (10 Credits)

Individualized Studies courses focus on key areas of inquiry contained in the concentration. They should focus on building coursework related to the main topic of inquiry. They could also include fieldwork, volunteer projects, service learning, and travel study projects. Minimum of 10 Individualized Courses should be included in ICO. Maximum amount of individualized credits is 20, which would count towards electives.

Selected courses taken within concentration as approved in Interdisciplinary Concentration Option proposal (40 Credits)

Choose electives in consultation with a faculty advisor. Prerequisite courses completed following transfer may be included as electives. A minimum of 30 elective credits must be at the 300-499 level. A maximum of 10 elective credits may be taken through individualized studies coursework (courses numbered 189, 289, 389, or 489) following the Native Environmental Sciences individualized studies course guidelines.

Total Credit Hours: 180