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Geography provides a holistic view of the earth system, its distinct and varied regions, as well as the types of and interaction between human activities and the physical world. Geography is the two-way bridge between the physical and social sciences as it explores the interrelationships between the earth’s physical and biological systems and how these environmental systems provide a natural resource base for human societies. Geography also provides the framework for the integration of new and emerging technologies such as geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing with studies in a broad range of academic disciplines.

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Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies

Bachelor degree programs are typically 120 credits (four years), and are designed to prepare students for employment or graduate school in their chosen field.

Degree Requirements (2015-2016 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 42 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. Candidates who expect to teach in public secondary schools should seek advising from the UAS School of Education. Grades of C (2.00) or better are required in all major courses.

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

Minimum Credit Hours120
General Education Requirements36
Major Requirements45
Breadth Requirements15
Electives39

Major Requirements

To include upper division classes as needed (42 credit minimum). Classes should be selected in consultation with an advisor and students are encouraged to include a minor. No more than 6 credits from the major can be used toward a minor.

GEOGS101Introductory Geography3
GEOGS102Earth and Environment4
GEOGS312Humans and the Environment3
GEOGS338Introduction to GIS3
GEOGS490Geography Seminar2

Earth Systems and Geographic Analysis

Select from the following (6 credits):

ENVSS422Earth’s Climate System3
GEOGS210Temperate Rainforest Ecosystems3
GEOGS309Mobile GIS Technology and Applications2
GEOGS406Remote Sensing3
GEOGS410Advanced GIS3
GEOGS415Biogeography and Landscape Ecology3
GEOLS301Geomorphology4
GEOLS302Hydrology4

Human-Environment

Select from the following (9 credits):

ANTHS342Arctic Ethnology3
ANTHS408Ethnobiology3
ECONS435Natural Resource Economics3
ENGLS303Literature and the Environment3
PHILS371Perspectives on the Natural World3
SOC404Environmental Sociology3

Breadth Requirements

Select from the following (15 credits):

ANTHS314Archeology of Southeast Alaska3
ANTHS428Tlingit Culture and History3
ANTHS475Alaska Native Social Change3
ENGLS363Nature Writing3
ENGLS365Literature of Alaska3
ENGLS370Native American Literature3
ENGLS423Ecocriticism3
GEOGS407Snow Hydrology4
GEOGS414Biogeochemistry3
GEOLS300Geology of Alaska3
GEOLS310Glaciation and Climate Change3
HSS206Introduction to Environmental Health3
ODSS243Outdoor Leadership I3
ODSS244Outdoor Leadership II2
___S___Advisor-approved upper-division courses__

Electives

To include upper division classes as needed (42 credit minimum). Classes should be selected in consultation with an advisor and students are encouraged to include a minor. No more than 6 credits from the major can be used toward a minor.

Outdoor Studies Emphasis

In order to enroll in ODS designated courses, students must provide ODS application materials and be accepted into the ODS Emphasis Program.

Minimum Credit Hours120
General Education Requirements34
Major Requirements68
ODS Emphasis Requirements20
Breadth Requirements9
Breadth Electives18

Major Requirements

GEOGS101Introduction to Geography3
GEOGS102Earth and Environment4
GEOGS312Humans and the Environment3
GEOGS338Introduction to GIS3
GEOGS490Geography Seminar2
____S___Electives*6

ODS Emphasis Requirements

ODSS120Wilderness First Responder4
ODSS243Outdoor Leadership I3
ODSS244Outdoor Leadership II2
ODSS245ODS Certificate Capstone1-4
ODSS444Expedition Planning and Leadership2
ODSS445ODS Emphasis Capstone2-4
HUMS270Sport, Leisure, and Culture3
PHILS371Perspectives on the Natural World3

Outdoor Skills

Select from the following (12 credits):

ODSS112Swiftwater Rescue1
ODSS114Backpacking in SE Alaska1-2
ODSS115Winter Backpacking in SE Alaska1
ODSS116Introduction to Rock Climbing1-2
ODSS117Introduction to Ice Climbing1-2
ODSS118Avalanche Eval and Theory-Level I2
ODSS119Introduction to Flyfishing2
ODSS133Introduction to Sea Kayaking1
ODSS134Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking1
ODSS148Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding1
ODSS205Backcountry Navigation and Travel2
ODSS216Rock Climbing Level II1-3
ODSS217Ice Climbing Level II1-3
ODSS218Avalanche Evaluation and Theory Level II2
ODSS221Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue Fundamentals2
ODSS222Mountaineering2
ODSS233Expedition Sea Kayaking*1-2
ODSS___other approved ODS Skills courses 
* May be repeated for up to 3 credits

Earth Systems and Geographic Analysis

Select from the following (3-4 credits):

ENVSS422Earth’s Climate System3
GEOGS210Temperate Rainforest Ecosystems3
GEOGS406Remote Sensing3
GEOGS410Advanced GIS3
GEOGS415Biogeography & Landscape Ecology3
GEOLS301Geomorphology4
GEOLS302Hydrology4

Human-Environment

Select one from the following (3 credits):

ANTHS342Arctic Ethnology3
ANTHS408Ethnobiology3
ECONS435Natural Resource Economics3
ENGLS303Literature and the Environment3
SOCS404Environmental Sociology3

Breadth Requirements

Select from the following (9 credits):

ANTHS314Archeology of SE Alaska3
ANTHS428Tlingit Culture and History3
ANTHS458AK Native Economic & Political Dev3
ENGLS363Nature Writing3
ENGLS365Literature of Alaska3
ENGLS370Native American Literature3
ENGLS423Ecocriticism3
GEOGS407Snow Hydrology4
GEOGS414Biogeochemistry3
GEOLS300Geology of Alaska3
GEOLS310Glaciation and Climate Change3
HSS206Introduction to Environmental Health3

Breadth Electives

12 credits of breadth electives must be upper division.

Bachelor of Science in Geography and Environmental Resources

Bachelor degree programs are typically 120 credits (four years), and are designed to prepare students for employment or graduate school in their chosen field.

Degree Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours120
General Education Requirements36
Major Requirements56
Electives28

General Education Requirements

MATHS251Calculus I4

Select both

BIOLS105Fundamentals of Biology I4
BIOLS106Fundamentals of Biology II4

or both

CHEMS105General Chemistry I4
CHEMS106General Chemistry II4

or both

PHYSS103College Physics I4
PHYSS104College Physics II4

or both

PHYSS211General Physics I4
PHYSS212General Physics II4

Major Requirements

Classes should be selected in consultation with an advisor and must include a minimum of 12 credits of upper division courses.

ENVSS492Environmental Science Seminar1
GEOGS101Introduction to Geography3
GEOGS102Earth and Environment4
GEOGS312Humans and the Environment3
GEOGS338Introduction to GIS3
GEOGS490Geography Seminar2
___S___Advisor-approved courses in environmental management3

Earth Systems

Select from the following (21 credits):

BIOLS271Ecology4
BIOLS373Conservation Biology4
BIOLS480Aquatic Pollution3
CHEMS350Environmental Chemistry4
ENVSS212Natural Hazards4
ENVSS422Earth’s Climate System4
GEOGS407Snow Hydrology4
GEOGS414Biogeochemistry3
GEOGS415Biogeography and Landscape Ecology3
GEOLS300Geology of Alaska3
GEOLS301Geomorphology4
GEOLS302Hydrology4
GEOLS310Glaciation and Climate Change3

Human-Environment

Select from the following (6 credits):

ANTHS342Arctic Ethnology3
ANTHS408Ethnobiology3
ECONS435Natural Resource Economics3
ENGLS303Literature and the Environment3
PHILS371Perspectives on the Natural World3
SOCS404Environmental Sociology3

Geographic Analysis

Select from the following (10 credits):

GEOGS111Introduction to Differential GPS1
GEOGS309Mobile GIS Technology and Applications2
GEOGS406Remote Sensing3
GEOGS409GIS Jam: Projects in GIS and Remote Sensing1-3
GEOGS410Advanced Geographic Information Systems3
MATHS460Mathematical Modeling3
STATS273Elementary Statistics3
STATS401Regression and Analysis of Variance4

Electives

Classes should be selected in consultation with an advisor and must include a minimum of 12 credits of 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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GEOG Classes: Spring - 2016


World regions; analysis of environment with emphasis on the major culture realms.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
36033J01Richard Simpson
EG219
Tue, Thu
3:00p - 4:30p
1/11 - 4/30

Tuition and fees: $570 (additional charges may apply)

GEOG S309A is a one-credit version of GEOG 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
36036J01Sanjay Pyare
WB102
Sun, Sat
9:00a - 3:45p
4/2 - 4/3

Tuition and fees: $230 (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
36035J01Sanjay Pyare
ARR
4/2 - 4/22
WB102
Sun, Sat
9:00a - 3:45p
4/2 - 4/3

Requires an additional 25 hours research to be arranged individually with the instructor. Final project due 4/22.

Tuition and fees: $460 (additional charges may apply)

Anthropological approaches to the relationships between socio-cultural and ecological systems. Analysis of traditional ecological knowledge, subsistence patterns, and adaptations. Intensive study of selected cases and theories.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
38460KD1Brandon Chapman
DISTELIVE
Thursday
4:30p - 5:50p
1/11 - 4/30

Delivered via web with required live online meetings. Requires access to email, MSWord and microphone/headset. View course information at UASOnline. Students must order books; go to http://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/ualaska.htm for book information. Call 1-888-550-6177 with questions or for registration information.

Tuition and fees: $690 (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
36038J01Sanjay Pyare
WB102
Tuesday
3:00p - 5:00p
1/11 - 4/30
WB102
Thursday
3:00p - 6:00p
1/11 - 4/30

Tuition and fees: $690 (additional charges may apply)

How do architecture, urban planning, and interior design represent structures of knowledge and power? We will explore the relationship between politics and the built environment articulated by key geographic thinkers from the 19th century to 21st century. Students will acquire a foundation in interdisciplinary methodology as we address critical approaches to the way environment functions as both a product of social and political identities, and in turn, as an active producer of these identities.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
37907J01Richard Simpson
EG224
Tue, Thu
11:30a - 1:00p
1/11 - 4/30

Tuition and fees: $690 (additional charges may apply)

An introduction to two related disciplines emphasizing a geographical focus on natural processes. Landscape ecology studies large-scale ecological patterns and processes occurring on whole landscapes; biogeography studies species distribution in relation to environmental and historical factors. Students learn how these disciplines serve as foundations for decision making in land use planning, resource management, and biological conservation. Includes the use of geospatial tools like GIS and remote sensing, and hands-on field exercises.

Prerequisite: ENVS S102 or BIOL S104 or S105, or instructor permission.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
38467J01Brian Buma
WB102
Tue, Thu
8:00a - 9:30a
1/11 - 4/30

Tuition and fees: $690 (additional charges may apply)

GEOG 490
2 CR

Capstone seminar providing senior year geography majors with a format for interdisciplinary exploration of a current topic or theme in geography. Perspectives from physical and human geography will be addressed through a combination of instructor lectures, guest speakers, and student-led discussions and presentations.

Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
37964J01Richard Simpson
EG114
Friday
3:30p - 5:20p
1/11 - 4/30

Tuition and fees: $460 (additional charges may apply)

 
 

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