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.
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 S107 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 (2013-2014 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 Hours||120|
|General Education Requirements||36|
|Students should consult with an advisor and select courses that satisfy prerequisites required in this degree program.|
|ENVS||S102||Earth and Environment||4|
|BIOL||S105||Fundamentals of Biology I||4|
|CHEM||S105||General Chemistry I||4|
|CHEM||S106||General Chemistry II||4|
|ENVS||S338||Introduction to GIS||3|
|Select one from the following (4 credits):|
|CHEM||S341||Organic and Biologic Chemistry I||4|
|Select one from the following (4 credits):|
|PHYS||S103||College Physics I||4|
|PHYS||S104||College Physics II||4|
|PHYS||S211||General Physics I||4|
|PHYS||S212||General Physics II||4|
|Select at least one from the following (2 credit):|
|ENVS||S491||Environmental Science Internship||1-4|
|**May be repeated once for a total of 2 credits; not a substitute for ENVS S491 or S498|
|Select from the following (20 credits total):|
|ENVS||S110||Intro to Geographic Information Systems||1|
|ENVS||S111||Intro to Differential Global Positioning Systems||1|
|ENVS||S200||Hazardous Materials Management||3|
|ENVS||S311||Technical Writing for Science Majors||3|
|ENVS||S410||Advanced Geographic Information Systems||3|
|ENVS||S491||Internship in ENVS Field||1-4|
|ENVS||S492||Environmental Science Seminar*||1|
|ENVS||S498||Research in Environmental Science||1-6|
|GEOL||S300||Geology of Alaska||3|
|GEOL||S310||Glaciation and Climate Change||3|
|___||S__||Juneau Icefield Program courses**||3-9|
|*May be repeated once|
|**Juneau Icefield Research Program Courses are offered only in the summer|
Icefield Courses and Academic Credit: Students are generally registered for a minimum of 3 credits through the UAS. Six credits comprise a full load. Additional credits (up to 9 per summer session) are available with cost borne by the participant.
Courses are in Earth Systems Field Science, emphasizing geological, glacial, periglacial, geophysical, arctic ecological, and glacio-atmospheric systems. Directed Studies in Mountain and Arctic Earth Systems Sciences can be arranged with concentration on selected topics.
|Additional Natural Sciences Department Breadth courses for ENVS Majors|
|STAT||S373||Probability and Statistics||3|
|STAT||S401||Regression and Analysis of Variance||4|
|Must include a minimum of 12 credits at the upper division level.|
The UAS Career Services Office provides a current listing of internship opportunities available to UAS students. These internships are funded by Alaskan, federal, national and international organizations and businesses. Changes occur frequently. 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.