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The program is composed of full time faculty actively involved in a wide range of disciplines including marine ecology, marine mammalogy, phycology, comparative physiology, neurobiology,  population genetics and conservation biology.

The location of the university provides students with a natural laboratory that includes extensive marine habitat, rainforest, wetlands, and ice fields -- all within walking distance of the classrooms. A small student-to-professor ratio ensures a more personal approach to learning than is possible at larger universities.

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Bachelor of Arts: Biology

Bachelor degree programs are designed to prepare students for employment, or graduate school, in their chosen field.

Typically a bachelor degree program is 120 credits (four years).

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 UAS, including 24 upper division credits.

Minimum Credit Hours120
General Education Requirements36
The following courses must be included in the GERs for a B.A. in biology:
BIOLS105Fundamentals of Biology I4
BIOLS106Fundamentals of Biology II4
MATHS107College Algebra4
Major Requirements36
BIOLS271Ecology4
BIOLS362Genetics4
BIOLS482Evolution4
CHEMS105General Chemistry I4
CHEMS106General Chemistry II4
MATHS108 or higher3-4
STATS273Elementary Statistics3
select
BIOLS310Animal Physiology4
or
CHEMS___Any Upper Division Course4
Select two from the following (6 credits):
ASTRS225General Astronomy3
ENVSS102 or higher1-4
GEOLS104 or higher3-4
PHYSS102 or higher3-4
STATS373 or higher3-4
Biology Electives10
BIOLS215Introduction to Marine Biology3
BIOLS239Introduction to Plant Biology4
BIOLS300Vertebrate Zoology4
BIOLS305Invertebrate Zoology4
BIOLS355Experimental Design and Data Analysis4
BIOLS375Current Topics in Biology 22
BIOLS380Marine Ornithology and Herpetology3
BIOLS382Wetlands Ecology4
BIOLS384Marine Mammalogy4
BIOLS401Phycology4
BIOLS415Physiology of Marine Animals4
BIOLS427Introduction to Ichthyology4
BIOLS441Animal Behavior4
BIOLS445Vascular Plants of Southeast Alaska3
BIOLS480Aquatic Pollution3
BIOLS481Marine Ecology4
BIOLS492Biology Seminar1
Breadth Electives38

To include upper-division courses as needed. Students are encouraged to include a minor or double major.

Bachelor of Science: Biology

Bachelor degree programs are designed to prepare students for employment, or graduate school, in their chosen field.

Typically a bachelor degree program is 120 credits (four years).

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 recommendations for the GERs in Biology are listed below. Degree must include 48 credit hours of upper-division (300 or above) courses, 24 of which must be completed at UAS.

Minimum Credit Hours120
General Education Requirements36
Must include:
MATHS200Calculus I*4
BIOLS105Fundamentals of Biology I4
BIOLS106Fundamentals of Biology II4
*Prerequisites include MATH S107 and MATH S108
Major Requirements43
BIOLS271Ecology4
BIOLS310Animal Physiology4
BIOLS362Genetics4
BIOLS482Evolution4
CHEMS105General Chemistry I4
CHEMS106General Chemistry II4
CHEMS341Organic and Biological Chemistry I4
CHEMS342Organic and Biological Chemistry II4
STATS273Elementary Statistics3
select both
PHYSS103College Physics I4
PHYSS104College Physics II4
or both
PHYSS211General Physics I4
PHYSS212General Physics II4
Biology Electives20
Select four from the following (20 credits):
BIOLS215Introduction to Marine Biology3
BIOLS239Introduction to Plant Biology4
BIOLS300Vertebrate Zoology4
BIOLS305Invertebrate Zoology4
BIOLS373Conservation Biology3
BIOLS375Current Topics in Biology*4
BIOLS380Marine Ornithology and Herpetology3
BIOLS382Wetlands Ecology4
BIOLS384Marine Mammalogy4
BIOLS396Field Studies in Behavior and Ecology*1-6
BIOLS398/S498Research**1-6
BIOLS401Phycology4
BIOLS415Physiology of Marine Animals4
BIOLS427Introduction to Ichthyology4
BIOLS441Animal Behavior4
BIOLS445Vascular Plants of Southeast Alaska3
BIOLS480Aquatic Pollution3
BIOLS481Marine Ecology4
BIOLS492Biology Seminar*2
ENVSS414Biogeochemistry3
ENVSS415Biogeography & Landscape3
*Only 4 credits from BIOL S375 and 2 credits from BIOL S492 may be applied toward the biology electives. Additional credits may be applied toward electives.
**Up to 6 credits total from BIOL S396/398/498 may be applied.
Electives21
To include upper-division courses as needed to meet 48 upper division credits required for degree.

Minor in Biology

Minors are areas of study that students can use to expand the scope of their bachelor degree program (for example a student in a Art major can add a Business minor).

Typically a minor is 15 credits, it cannot be the same emphasis as the main degree program.

Degree Requirements (2014-2015 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours18
BIOLS105Fundamentals of Biology I4
BIOLS106Fundamentals of Biology II4
Select three from the following (10-12 credits):*
BIOLS215Introduction to Marine Biology3
BIOLS239Introduction to Plant Biology4
BIOLS271Ecology4
BIOLS300Vertebrate Zoology4
BIOLS305Invertebrate Zoology4
BIOLS310Physiology4
BIOLS362Genetics4
BIOLS373Conservation Biology3
BIOLS380Marine Ornithology and Herpetology3
BIOLS382Wetlands Ecology4
BIOLS384Marine Mammalogy4
BIOLS401Phycology4
BIOLS427Introduction to Ichthyology4
BIOLS441Animal Behavior4
BIOLS445Vascular Plants of Southeast Alaska3
BIOLS480Aquatic Pollution3
BIOLS481Marine Ecology4
BIOLS482Evolution4
*Must include at least one 4 credit course

UAS is an open enrollment institution, this means that you do not have to be in a UAS degree program to take a class. Anyone can take our classes as long as they meet the course pre-requisites.

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BIOL Classes: Fall - 2014


Fundamental principles of biology focusing on human biology, ecology and the environment. Laboratory sessions include field trips, experiments, demonstrations, and discussion of contemporary biological topics. For non-majors; cannot be used to fulfill requirement for biology majors.

Corequisite: MATH 105.

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80447T01Kitty Labounty
SC215
Mon, Wed
10:00a - 12:00p
9/2 - 12/13

Tuition and fees: $781 (additional charges may apply)

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80448TD1Kitty Labounty
DISTELIVE
Wednesday
5:30p - 6:30p
9/2 - 12/13

Order textbooks from MBS Direct: http://direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm. Go to: http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/support/learning.html to get started in your class.

Tuition and fees: $821 (additional charges may apply)

Introduction to basic principles of cell biology and evolution. Topics include cell structure, metabolism, and genetics.

Corequisite: MATH S105.

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79336K01Christopher Donar
PAUL305
Tue, Thu
10:30a - 12:30p
9/2 - 12/13
PAUL301
Friday
10:30a - 12:30p
9/2 - 12/13

Tuition and fees: $786 (additional charges may apply)

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79877J01Johanna Fagen
EG112
Mon, Wed, Fri
10:20a - 11:20a
9/2 - 12/13
AD314
Tuesday
5:15p - 8:15p
9/9 - 12/13

Tuition and fees: $756 (additional charges may apply)

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79878J02Johanna Fagen
EG112
Mon, Wed, Fri
10:20a - 11:20a
9/2 - 12/13
AD314
Wednesday
5:15p - 8:15p
9/10 - 12/13

Tuition and fees: $756 (additional charges may apply)

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79879J03Johanna Fagen
EG112
Mon, Wed, Fri
10:20a - 11:20a
9/2 - 12/13
AD314
Thursday
8:00a - 11:00a
9/11 - 12/13

Tuition and fees: $756 (additional charges may apply)

Introduces human structure and function. The integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems are covered. Recommended for health science students.

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79383K01Christopher Donar
PAUL305
Monday
4:30p - 7:20p
9/2 - 12/13
PAUL301
Wednesday
4:30p - 7:20p
9/2 - 12/13

Tuition and fees: $786 (additional charges may apply)

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80450TD1Marnie Chapman
DISTELIVE
Mon, Wed
12:00p - 1:00p
9/2 - 12/13

Order textbooks from MBS Direct: go to http://direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm Go to: http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/support/learning.html to get started in your distance class.

Tuition and fees: $826 (additional charges may apply)

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80451TD2Marnie Chapman
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
6:00p - 8:00p
9/2 - 12/13

Order textbooks from MBS Direct go to: http://direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm. Go to: http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/support/learning.html to get started in your class.

Tuition and fees: $826 (additional charges may apply)

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80452TD3Marnie Chapman
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
6:00p - 8:00p
9/2 - 12/13

Order textbooks from MBS Direct go to: http://direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm Go To: http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/support/learning.html to get started in your class.

Tuition and fees: $826 (additional charges may apply)

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81356TD4Deborah Barnett
DISTELIVE
Mon, Wed
7:00p - 8:30p
9/2 - 12/13

Tuition and fees: $826 (additional charges may apply)

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81673TD5Deborah Barnett
DISTELIVE
Mon, Wed
7:00p - 8:30p
9/2 - 12/13

Tuition and fees: $826 (additional charges may apply)

Introduces human structure and function. The integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems are covered. Recommended for health science students.

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79881J01Heidi Pearson
AD204
Tue, Thu
11:30a - 1:00p
9/2 - 12/13
AD314
Monday
1:10p - 4:10p
9/8 - 12/13

Tuition and fees: $756 (additional charges may apply)

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79882J02Heidi Pearson
AD204
Tue, Thu
11:30a - 1:00p
9/2 - 12/13
AD314
Thursday
1:15p - 4:15p
9/11 - 12/13

Tuition and fees: $756 (additional charges may apply)

Lab/Material Fee $50.00. Web based, online meetings. Students are required to attend all Elluminate sessions. Additional Lab sessions TBA. Students must have access to a computer with a microphone (MS ppt and Word), digital camera (can be provided by UAS), and the internet. Contact with instructor via Email and the internet. Additional information available at the course website: www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling toll free 800-478-6653.

Prerequisite: BIOL 111 (C- or better) or permission.

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80457TD1Jon Martin
DISTELIVE
Tue, Thu
6:00p - 7:30p
9/2 - 12/13

Order textbooks from MBS Direct: http://direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm Go To: http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/support/learning.html to get started in your class.

Tuition and fees: $826 (additional charges may apply)

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80459TD2Jon Martin
DISTELIVE
Tue, Thu
6:00p - 7:30p
9/2 - 12/13

Tuition and fees: $826 (additional charges may apply)

A fall symposium of lectures as part of the annual Sitka WhaleFest: A Celebration of Marine Wildlife. Marine scientists will present current research findings on topics focused on marine life around the Pacific Rim, with an emphasis on marine mammals. To pass, students must attend an introductory class (can be in class, by audio or web), all symposium lectures, daily follow-up discussions with invited researchers, participate in a marine wildlife viewing cruise, and provide written summaries of the lectures by the end of the semester. Students must be registered for the SitkaWhaleFest.

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80460T01Janice Straley
SITKA
Sun, Fri, Sat
11/7 - 11/9

May be repeated for credit when content differs.

Tuition and fees: $184 (additional charges may apply)

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80461T02Janice Straley
SITKA
Sun, Fri, Sat
11/7 - 11/9

Additional Fee: (Subject to change) Housing for 4 nights at $25 per night (Sitka Fine Arts Camp) will be collected at the time student registers. Total housing cost for 4 nights: $100. Rooms are double occupancy (includes linens).

Tuition and fees: $184 (additional charges may apply)

Fundamentals of shellfish farming, gear, regulations and business planning.

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82125K01Raymond Ralonde
ROBT115
Thu, Fri
8:00a - 5:00p
10/9 - 10/10
ARR
Saturday
10/11 - 10/11

Tuition and fees: $84 (additional charges may apply)

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81630T03Kitty Labounty
SC124
Mon, Wed
2:40p - 5:00p
9/2 - 12/13

Tuition and fees: $358 (additional charges may apply)

Molecular techniques offer unique oppertunities to investigate population, individual and ecological questions about marine mammals. The course will consist of a series of lectures with topic related laboratory work. Students will learn the basics of DNA extraction, Polymerase chain reaction, and gel electrophoresis through hands-on laboratory work. Students will use specific primers on whale skin and tissue samples for sexing and DNA extration from fecal samples for prey assessment to address real research questions. Lectures will focus on how the results of the applied molecular techniques can be incorporated into ecological and population studies of marine mammals. Specifically, how these tools are used to study the population structure and foraging ecology of North Pacific Humpback whales.

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80464T01Kitty Labounty
SITKA
Tue, Wed, Thu
9/2 - 12/13

Tuition and fees: $184 (additional charges may apply)

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80465T02Kitty Labounty
SITKA
Tue, Wed, Thu
9/2 - 12/13

Additional Fee: Housing for 4 nights at $25 per night (Sitka Fine Arts Camp) will be collected at the time student registers. Total housing cost for 4 nights: $100. Rooms are double occupancy (includes linens).

Tuition and fees: $184 (additional charges may apply)

An introduction to the major characteristics of ocean ecosystems and the organisms that inhabit them. Includes physical, chemical, and biological principles that affect marine biodiversity.

Prerequisite: BIOL S105 and BIOL S106.

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79883J01Carolyn Bergstrom
AD203
Mon, Wed, Fri
12:00p - 1:00p
9/2 - 12/13

Tuition and fees: $537 (additional charges may apply)

General introductory microbiology with emphasis on microorganisms as disease causing agents. Fundamentals of microbial biology and diversity including host microbe interactions and epidemiology. Not accepted for Biology major credit. Recommended for health science students.

Prerequisite: 8 credits in biology or chemistry. BIOL S112 and CHEM S104 recommended.

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80466TD1Paul Bahna
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
6:00p - 8:30p
9/2 - 12/13

Tuition and fees: $776 (additional charges may apply)

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80467TD2Paul Bahna
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
6:00p - 8:30p
9/2 - 12/13

Tuition and fees: $776 (additional charges may apply)

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80468TD3Amanda Smith
DISTELIVE
Thursday
4:00p - 6:00p
9/2 - 12/13

Tuition and fees: $776 (additional charges may apply)

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81357TD4Paul Bahna
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
6:00p - 8:30p
9/2 - 12/13

Tuition and fees: $776 (additional charges may apply)

BIOL 300
4 CR

Evolution, classification, functional anatomy and general biology of vertebrates. Alaskan species will be included. Not a lab course.

Prerequisite: BIOL S105 and BIOL S106.

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80353J01Johanna Fagen
AD314
Tue, Thu
1:15p - 3:15p
9/2 - 12/13
AD203
Tuesday
1:15p - 3:15p
9/16 - 9/30
AD203
Tuesday
1:15p - 3:15p
10/28 - 10/28
AD203
Tuesday
1:15p - 3:15p
11/11 - 11/11

Tuition and fees: $904 (additional charges may apply)

BIOL 310
4 CR

Chemical and physical principles underlying living processes, and the integration of these principles into the physiology of cells and whole organisms. Three hours lab per week required.

Prerequisite: BIOL S105 and S106, CHEM S105 and S106, and MATH S107.

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79885J01Melissa Prechtl
AD204
Mon, Wed, Fri
9:10a - 10:10a
9/2 - 12/13
AD314
Tuesday
8:20a - 11:20a
9/9 - 12/13

Tuition and fees: $904 (additional charges may apply)

BIOL 362
4 CR

Principles of inheritance; physiochemical properties of genetic systems.

Prerequisite: BIOL S105 and 106, CHEM 106, and MATH 107.

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79887J01David Tallmon
AD204
Mon, Wed, Fri
12:00p - 1:00p
9/2 - 12/13
AD204
Monday
1:10p - 4:10p
9/2 - 12/13

Tuition and fees: $864 (additional charges may apply)

An exploration of how biological principles are applied to conserve diversity at all levels of biological organization, from genes to biomes.

Prerequisite: BIOL S271.

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79963J01David Tallmon
AD203
Thursday
8:20a - 11:20a
9/2 - 12/13
AD203
Tue, Thu
11:30a - 1:00p
9/2 - 12/13

Tuition and fees: $904 (additional charges may apply)

Discussion of a book or series of papers on a current topic in biology. Students will lead discussions and be graded on both their presentation and their participation in discussions. May be repeated.

Prerequisite: Completion of 3 science credits.

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79888J01Heidi Pearson
AD204
Friday
1:10p - 3:10p
9/2 - 12/13
SITKA
Sun, Fri, Sat
8:00a - 11:00p
10/31 - 11/2

Students will read and discuss published papers by marine mammal biologists and will be required to attend Whale Fest in Sitka in November (www.sitkawhalefest.org website for more information). Course fees will cover basic travel costs.

Tuition and fees: $1032 (additional charges may apply)

Examines the attitudes society has toward science through the medium of cinema. Mostly we will review a number of movies that are either science fiction or that have science as a main theme. We will analyze both the quality of the science presented and the perceived attitude of the writers as a reflection of society to science and the scientific way of looking at the world. Discussions will center on the importance of science in our everyday world. This class is designed for upper division science majors.

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80813J01Michael Stekoll
AD204
Tuesday
1:15p - 4:15p
9/2 - 12/13

Tuition and fees: $648 (additional charges may apply)

Major groups of fishes, emphasizing the fishes of northwestern North America. Classification, structure, evolution, general biology and importance to man of the major groups.

Prerequisites: BIOL S105 and S106.

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79891J01Megan Mcphee
LENA101
Tue, Thu
11:30a - 1:00p
9/2 - 12/13
Tuesday
1:10p - 4:10p
9/2 - 12/13

Tuition and fees: $904 (additional charges may apply)

BIOL 441
4 CR

The mechanisms and adaptive nature of individual and social behaviors will be explored in lectures, reading, and laboratory and field exercises. Proximal and ultimate explanations for behavior are studied in terms of genetics, ecology, and modern evolutionary theory. Laboratory and field exercises emphasize hypothesis testing through observations and analysis of behavior. BIOL 362 (Genetics) is highly recommended before taking this course.

Prerequisites: BIOL S105, S106, or S271, or instructor permission.

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79969J01Carolyn Bergstrom
AD314
Wednesday
1:10p - 4:10p
9/2 - 12/13
AD204
Mon, Wed
4:30p - 6:00p
9/2 - 12/13

Tuition and fees: $904 (additional charges may apply)

Individual research in the biological sciences undertaken by a student in consultation with a member of the Biology program faculty. Students may submit research ideas to faculty and develop them into a project with faculty input.

Prerequisite: BIOL S105, S106, and BIOL S271, and faculty permission via signed Instructor Approval Form.

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79894J02Michael Stekoll
ARR
9/2 - 12/13

Prerequisite: Signed instructor approval form required to register. Available for 1 to 6 credits, to be determined at time of registration.

Tuition and fees: $648 (additional charges may apply)

BIOL 498
1 - 6 CR

Individual research in the biological sciences undertaken by a student in consultation with a member of the Biology program faculty. Students may submit research ideas to faculty and develop them into a project with faculty input.

Prerequisite: BIOL S105, S106, and BIOL S271, and faculty permission via signed Instructor Approval Form.

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79893J01David Tallmon
ARR
9/2 - 12/13

Prerequisite: Signed instructor approval form required to register. Available for 1 to 6 credits, to be determined at time of registration.

Tuition and fees per credit hour: $216; (additional charges may apply)

 
 

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