B.S. in Geography and Environmental Resources
The Geography B.S. degree in Environmental Resources integrates and synthesizes courses in geography, climate change, physical and biological sciences, and geographic information sciences and technology. This degree provides students with an interdisciplinary background in the geospatial science and earth system processes and prepares students for science-based careers in environmental research, management and consulting as well as graduate studies in related fields of geography and environmental science. Senior practicum courses serve as integrating capstone experiences enabling students to apply what they have learned in real-world settings. Courses in statistics, GIS, GPS and remote sensing are integrated with the geography core curriculum and courses in natural sciences.
Students are admitted to the program after declaring a Geography and Environmental Resources major to an academic advisor in the Geography program. Students will be assigned an advisor in the Natural Science department. Students should consult with their advisor for course selection and sequencing.
Degree Requirements (2014-2015 Catalog)
Candidates must complete the General Education Requirements (GERs) as well as the specific program requirements listed below for a minimum of 120 credit hours. Courses in a degree program may be counted only once. Courses used to fulfill the major requirements cannot be used to fulfill the GERs. Specific requirements for GERs are listed below. The degree must include 48 credits of upper-division 300 or above courses. To satisfy the residency requirement, 30 credits must be completed at UA, including 24 upper division credits. All major courses require a C or better.
|Minimum Credit Hours||120|
|General Education Requirements||36|
|BIOL||S105||Fundamentals of Biology I||4|
|BIOL||S106||Fundamentals of Biology II||4|
|CHEM||S105||General Chemistry I||4|
|CHEM||S106||General Chemistry II||4|
|PHYS||S103||College Physics I||4|
|PHYS||S104||College Physics II||4|
|PHYS||S211||General Physics I||4|
|PHYS||S212||General Physics II||4|
|ENVS||S492||Environmental Science Seminar||1|
|ENVS||S102||Earth and Environment||4|
|GEOG||S312||Humans and the Environment||3|
|GEOG||S338||Introduction to GIS||3|
|___||S___||Advisor-approved courses in environmental management||3|
|Select from the following (21 credits):|
|ENVS||S422||Earth’s Climate System||4|
|GEOG||S210||Temperate Rainforest Ecosystems||3|
|GEOG||S415||Biogeography and Landscape Ecology||3|
|GEOL||S300||Geology of Alaska||3|
|GEOL||S310||Glaciation and Climate Change||3|
|Select two from the following (6 credits):|
|ECON||S435||Natural Resource Economics||3|
|ENGL||S303||Literature and the Environment||3|
|PHIL||S371||Perspectives on the Natural World||3|
|Select from the following (10 credits):|
|GEOG||S111||Introduction to Differential GPS||1|
|GEOG||S309||Mobil GIS Technology and Applications||2|
|GEOG||S409||GIS Jam: Projects in GIS and Remote Sensing||1-3|
|GEOG||S410||Advanced Geographic Information Systems||3|
|STAT||S401||Regression and Analysis of Variance||4|
*Classes should be selected in consultation with an advisor and must include a minimum of 12 credits of upper division courses.
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.