Welcome to the Native Environmental Science Program! We are pleased to offer one of the only Bachelor of Science in Native Environmental Science programs in the world. Our cutting-edge program is designed to support students in becoming leaders in their fields and in their communities. Our curriculum is place-based, experiential, and culturally-grounded. That is, we draw on the deep and sustained connections to place and commitment to environmental protection to guide our programming. Our students excel in understanding the changing world around them by working within Indigenous Knowledge Systems and utilizing cutting-edge scientific methods, technology, and tools.
Seventy-two students have graduated with a BSNES degree since our first student graduated in 2009. Currently, we have 60 students enrolled in our program and offer programming at the Lummi, Swinomish, Nez Perce, Port Gamble, and Nez Perce sites. Many of our students enter graduate school to continue their education, and many others return to their tribes to work in Natural Resources or Planning Departments. We have a strong emphasis in marine sciences, plants and ethnobotany, environmental health and wellness, and tribal environmental governance and policy. Our faculty and students are engaged in research that is aligned with and supportive of the Indigenous Communities we serve. We offer excellent courses based on student-centered pedagogy. With an impressive student-faculty ratio, ranging from 4-25 students per class, we offer individual attention and high-quality education.
NES Students and Staff at the MtnClim 2016 Conference Leavenworth, WA
Joining in Solidarity with Protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline
The Bachelor of Science in Native Environmental Science (BSNES) is designed to meet the critical need for effective Native American leaders and environmental scientists who are rooted in their culture. This program will emphasize and explore the interrelatedness of Native ways of knowing, traditional ecological knowledge, and w\Western science. Prominent aspects of the program include: hands-on learning and the involvement of students in place-based community service, research, and internships. The program will prepare graduates to work within tribal communities in support of environmental stewardship, conservation, and revitalization. This program was designed with considerable input from Pacific Northwest Tribal elders, leaders, environmental managers, educators, and students. Students may choose between the Environmental Science Option (ESO) and the Interdisciplinary Concentration Option (ICO).
BSNES Program Documents
Scholarship/Financial Aid Opportunities
Nooksack River Project
Place-based Research in the Salish Sea
BSNES Graduates, 2015