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Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

The main objective of the Environmental Science (ENVS) degree program is to produce graduates who are well educated in the processes and interactions that occur in and between the atmosphere, biosphere, lithosphere, and hydrosphere. To achieve this, the curriculum draws from a number of disciplines. Students have the opportunity to be trained in basic mathematical and scientific methods and the application of these methods in examining the relationships between natural processes and human endeavors.

Disciplinary emphasis areas are listed in the breadth courses section. ENVS students can also earn a minor in Biology or Mathematics. This is especially desirable for students interested in becoming secondary science teachers or considering graduate school.

Program Assessment plans and student learning outcomes are posted on the Program Assessment website.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the ENVS degree program requires the completion of four years of high-school math and science courses or the equivalent UAS courses (PHYS S102, CHEM S103, MATH S151, and MATH S108).

When a student declares Environmental Science as a major they will be matched with an ENVS faculty advisor. Students should consult with their advisor for course selection and sequencing.

Degree Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)

UAS students must fulfill all UAS General Education Requirements (GERs), and ENVS major requirements, breadth requirements, and upper-division electives for a minimum of 120 credit hours. Courses in a degree program may be applied to only one type of degree requirement. For instance, courses used to fulfill the major requirements cannot be used to fulfill the GERs. Specific recommendations for the GERs in Environmental Science are listed below. 48 of the 120 credits hours must be at the upper-division level (300 or above). 24 of the upper-division courses must be completed at UAS.

Minimum Credit Hours120
General Education Requirements36
Major Requirements48
Breadth Requirements20

General Education Requirements

Students should consult with an advisor and select courses that satisfy prerequisites required in this degree program.

Must include:

ENVSS102Earth and Environment4
GEOLS104Physical Geology4
MATHS251Calculus I4

Major Requirements

BIOLS105Fundamentals of Biology I4
CHEMS105General Chemistry I4
CHEMS106General Chemistry II4
ENVSS338Introduction to GIS3
ENVSS422Earth’s Climate System3
MATHS252Calculus II4

Select one from the following (4 credits):

CHEMS341Organic and Biologic Chemistry I4
CHEMS350Environmental Chemistry4

Select one from the following (4 credits):

ENVSS212Natural Hazards4

Select both

PHYSS103College Physics I4
PHYSS104College Physics II4

or both

PHYSS211General Physics I4
PHYSS212General Physics II4

Capstone Courses

ENVSS492Environmental Science Seminar*1
* May be repeated once for a total of 2 credits; not a substitute for ENVS S491 or S498

Select at least one from the following (1 credit minimum):

ENVSS491Environmental Science Internship1-4
ENVSS498Directed Research1-6

Breadth Requirements

Select from the following (20 credits total):

ENVSS110Intro to Geographic Information Systems1
ENVSS111Intro to Differential Global Positioning Systems1
ENVSS200Hazardous Materials Management3
ENVSS301Soil Sciences4
ENVSS311Technical Writing for Science Majors3
ENVSS406Remote Sensing3
ENVSS407Snow Hydrology4
ENVSS410Advanced Geographic Information Systems3
ENVSS491Internship in ENVS Field1-4
ENVSS492Environmental Science Seminar*1
ENVSS496Juneau Icefield Program Courses**1
ENVSS498Research in Environmental Science1-6
GEOLS300Geology of Alaska3
GEOLS310Glaciation and Climate Change3

* May be repeated once

** Juneau Icefield Research Program Courses are offered only in the summer

Additional Natural Sciences Department Breadth Courses for ENVS Majors

BIOLS382Wetland Ecology4
BIOLS480Aquatic Pollution3
BIOLS481Marine Ecology4
MATHS253Calculus III4
MATHS302Differential Equations3
MATHS311Modern Algebra3
MATHS314Linear Algebra3
MATHS460Mathematical Modeling3
STATS273Elementary Statistics3
STATS373Probability and Statistics3
STATS401Regression and Analysis of Variance4


Must include a minimum of 12 credits at the upper division level.

Internship Opportunities

The UAS Career Services office provides a current listing of internship opportunities available to UAS students. Internships can be paid/unpaid, and are offered by local, regional, and national organizations and businesses. Internship oftentimes turn into full time job offers following graduation which make them both advantageous and lucrative. If you have an interest in internships please contact Career Services for assistance. If admitted to a degree program you can also speak with a faculty member if you are interested in an internship for academic credit.


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