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Environmental Science

The Environmental Science curriculum draws from a variety of disciplines including: the earth sciences, chemistry, physics, biology, math, and spatial analysis. Students learn biological principles and skills in lecture, laboratory, and field courses. A particular emphasis of the program is student involvement in research projects, and undergraduates in Environmental Science regularly present their research results at regional and national scientific meetings.

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Bachelor of Science: Environmental Science

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)

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
Students should consult with an advisor and select courses that satisfy prerequisites required in this degree program.
Must include:
ENVSS102Earth and Environment4
GEOLS104Physical Geology4
MATHS200Calculus I4
Major Requirements48
BIOLS105Fundamentals of Biology I4
CHEMS105General Chemistry I4
CHEMS106General Chemistry II4
ENVSS338Introduction to GIS3
ENVSS422Earth’s Climate System3
GEOLS301Geomorphology4
GEOLS302Hydrology4
MATHS201Calculus II4
Select one from the following (4 credits):
CHEMS341Organic and Biologic Chemistry I4
CHEMS350Environmental Chemistry4
Select one from the following (4 credits):
BIOLS271Ecology4
ENVSS212Natural Hazards4
select both
PHYSS103College Physics I4
PHYSS104College Physics II4
or both
PHYSS211General Physics I4
PHYSS212General Physics II4
Capstone Courses
ENVSS492Environmental Science Seminar*1
Select at least one from the following (1 credit):
ENVSS491Environmental Science Internship1-4
ENVSS498Directed Research1-6
**May be repeated once for a total of 2 credits; not a substitute for ENVS S491 or S498
Breadth Requirements20
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
ENVSS402Limnology4
ENVSS406Remote Sensing3
ENVSS407Snow Hydrology4
ENVSS410Advanced Geographic Information Systems3
ENVSS414Biogeochemistry3
ENVSS491Internship in ENVS Field1-4
ENVSS492Environmental Science Seminar*1
ENVSS498Research in Environmental Science1-6
GEOLS300Geology of Alaska3
GEOLS310Glaciation and Climate Change3
GEOLS315Glacier Surveying*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
BIOLS271Ecology4
BIOLS382Wetland Ecology4
BIOLS480Aquatic Pollution3
BIOLS481Marine Ecology4
MATHS202Calculus III4
MATHS302Differential Equations3
MATHS305Geometry3
MATHS311Modern Algebra3
MATHS314Linear Algebra3
MATHS460Mathematical Modeling3
STATS273Elementary Statistics3
STATS373Probability and Statistics3
STATS401Regression and Analysis of Variance4
Electives16
Must include a minimum of 12 credits at the upper division level.

Minor in Environmental Science

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
ENVSS102Earth and Environment4
Select one from the following (4 credits):
CHEMS105General Chemistry4
GEOLS104Physical Geology4
PHYSS103College Physics4
PHYSS211General Physics4
Select 10 credits from the following*
ENVSS110Introduction to Geographic Information Systems1
ENVSS111Introduction to Differential Global Positioning Systems1
ENVSS301Introduction to Soil Science4
ENVSS338Introduction to GIS3
ENVSS402Limnology4
ENVSS406Remote Sensing3
ENVSS407Snow Hydrology3
ENVSS414Biogeochemistry3
ENVSS410Advanced GIS3
ENVSS422Earth’s Climate System 
ENVSS341Organic Chemistry4
ENVSS350Environmental Chemistry4
GEOLS271Earth Materials4
GEOLS300Geology of Alaska3
GEOLS301Geomorphology4
GEOLS302Hydrology4
GEOLS310Glaciation & Climate Change3
GEOLS315Glacier Surveying3
*Additional prerequisites are required for upper division courses.

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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ENVS Classes: Spring - 2015


Studies the greater environmental science of the Mendenhall valley, river, lake and Glacier. Topics include isostatic rebound, forest succession, river and lake geomorphology, glacial geomorphology, and glacial dynamics of a quickly retreating and thinning glacier. Students will be involved with collection and analysis of relevant field data and will do a project.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
40185J01Michael Hekkers
HB105
Tuesday
8:15a - 11:15a
1/12 - 5/2

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

ENVS S309A is a one-credit version of ENVS S309, with no research project. Extends students' basic knowledge of GPS and GIS to allow interactive GIS mapping, data collection, and analysis in the field setting.

Prerequisite: ENVS/GEOG S110 or S111 or S310, or instructor permission.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
37399J01Sanjay Pyare
HB105
Sun, Sat
9:00a - 3:45p
4/4 - 4/5

Tuition and fees: $216 (additional charges may apply)

Extends students' basic knowledge of GPS and GIS to allow interactive GIS mapping, data collection, and analysis in the field setting. Includes training in the use of handheld computers enabled with GPS and GIS software; design and use of field data collection forms that integrate with GIS: transfer and use of GIS data between desktop and field; and the utility of mobile GIS technology in navigation, civil engineering, environmental science, forestry and other fields.

Prerequisite: ENVS/GEOG S110 or S111 or S338.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
37398J01Sanjay Pyare
HB105
Sun, Sat
9:00a - 3:45p
4/4 - 4/5
ARR
4/4 - 4/5

Requires an additional 25 hours research to be arranged individually with the instructor.

Tuition and fees: $432 (additional charges may apply)

Examines the representation of spatial data with vector object models, explores the relationship between spatial data and automated thematic mapping, and trains students in the use of GIS software.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
37400J01Sanjay Pyare
WB102
Tuesday
5:30p - 7:30p
1/12 - 5/2
WB102
Thursday
5:30p - 8:30p
1/12 - 5/2

Tuition and fees: $688 (additional charges may apply)

ENVS 407
4 CR

An in-depth look at processes related to snow in mid-latitude areas. Topics include snow formation in the atmosphere, snow accumulation and distribution, snowpack metamorphism, avalanche dynamics, snowmelt runoff and chemistry, techniques for measuring snow properties, and case studies. Labs will entail collection of field data as well as analysis of data.

Prerequisite: Science or Geography major with upper division standing, or instructor permission.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
37419J01Eran Hood
HB110
Wednesday
2:00p - 5:00p
1/12 - 5/2
HB110
Monday
3:30p - 5:30p
1/12 - 5/2

Required labs may take place on Saturday.

Tuition and fees: $934 (additional charges may apply)

Explores how components of the Earth system influence climate. Special emphasis will be placed on thinking of the Earth as a highly coupled complex system. Topics include the global energy balance, atmospheric and ocean heat transport, ice-albedo feedback, plate tectonics, glaciations, sea level variability, the carbon cycle, and the evolution of Earth's climate.

Prerequisite: ENVS/GEOG S102 and PHYS S103 or S211; or instructor permission.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
37420J01Jason Amundson
HB105
Mon, Fri
11:30a - 1:00p
1/12 - 5/2

Tuition and fees: $663 (additional charges may apply)

Current topics in environmental science. Weekly seminars will include faculty and student-lead discussions of peer-reviewed journal articles, and student presentations of ongoing undergraduate research projects. May be repeated once for a total of 2 credits.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
37404J01Eran Hood
EG218
Wednesday
12:00p - 1:00p
1/12 - 5/2

Tuition and fees: $216 (additional charges may apply)

ENVS 493
3 CR

Applies basic ecological principles to forests and their management, with a focus on forest development, structure, communities, and stand/landscape dynamics in the context of climate change and global use patterns. Will cover basic mensuration techniques relevant to local ecosystems.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
37421J01Brian Buma
HB201
Tue, Thu
1:15p - 2:45p
1/12 - 5/2

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

Individual research in the environmental sciences undertaken by a student in consultation with a member of the ENVS faculty. Student may submit research ideas, and with faculty input, develop them into a project. Requires consent of advisor and appropriate faculty sponsor, signed study contract, and instructor approval form.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing and signed permission forms.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
40319J02Brian Buma
ARR
1/12 - 5/2

Tuition and fees: $432 (additional charges may apply)

Individual research in the environmental sciences undertaken by a student in consultation with a member of the ENVS faculty. Student may submit research ideas, and with faculty input, develop them into a project. Requires consent of advisor and appropriate faculty sponsor, signed study contract, and instructor approval form.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing and signed permission forms.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
37422J01Eran Hood
ARR
1/12 - 5/2

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

 
 

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