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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 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)

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
Major Requirements48
Breadth Requirements20

General Education Requirements

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

Must include:

ENVSS102Earth and Environment4
GEOLS104Physical Geology4
MATHS251Calculus I4

Major Requirements

BIOLS105Fundamentals of Biology I4
CHEMS105General Chemistry I4
CHEMS106General Chemistry II4
ENVSS338Introduction to GIS3
ENVSS422Earth’s Climate System3
MATHS252Calculus II4

Select one from the following (4 credits):

CHEMS341Organic and Biologic Chemistry I4
CHEMS350Environmental Chemistry4

Select one from the following (4 credits):

ENVSS212Natural Hazards4

Select both

PHYSS103College Physics I4
PHYSS104College Physics II4

or both

PHYSS211General Physics I4
PHYSS212General Physics II4

Capstone Courses

ENVSS492Environmental Science Seminar*1
* May be repeated once for a total of 2 credits; not a substitute for ENVS S491 or S498

Select at least one from the following (1 credit minimum):

ENVSS491Environmental Science Internship1-4
ENVSS498Directed Research1-6

Breadth Requirements

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
ENVSS406Remote Sensing3
ENVSS407Snow Hydrology4
ENVSS410Advanced Geographic Information Systems3
ENVSS491Internship in ENVS Field1-4
ENVSS492Environmental Science Seminar*1
ENVSS496Juneau Icefield Program Courses**1
ENVSS498Research in Environmental Science1-6
GEOLS300Geology of Alaska3
GEOLS310Glaciation and Climate Change3

* May be repeated once

** Juneau Icefield Research Program Courses are offered only in the summer

Additional Natural Sciences Department Breadth Courses for ENVS Majors

BIOLS382Wetland Ecology4
BIOLS480Aquatic Pollution3
BIOLS481Marine Ecology4
MATHS253Calculus III4
MATHS302Differential Equations3
MATHS311Modern Algebra3
MATHS314Linear Algebra3
MATHS460Mathematical Modeling3
STATS273Elementary Statistics3
STATS373Probability and Statistics3
STATS401Regression and Analysis of Variance4


Must include a minimum of 12 credits at the upper division level.

Minor in Environmental Science

A minor is a student's secondary field of study.  Typically a minor is 15 credits and cannot be the same emphasis as the main bachelor's degree program.

Degree Requirements (2015-2016 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
ENVSS406Remote Sensing3
ENVSS407Snow Hydrology4
ENVSS410Advanced GIS3
ENVSS422Earth’s Climate System3
ENVSS341Organic Chemistry4
ENVSS350Environmental Chemistry4
GEOLS271Earth Materials4
GEOLS300Geology of Alaska3
GEOLS310Glaciation & Climate Change3
* 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: Summer - 2016

ENVS 491
4 CR

Part-time work in an approved science agency where the student is supervised by a senior employee of the agency in cooperation with the faculty advisor.

52820J01Sonia Nagorski
5/16 - 8/6

Tuition and fees: $920 (additional charges may apply)

This 8-week field course integrates field techniques in glacial geomorphology and glaciology, and explores the key relationships between the Earth, atmospheric, and climate sciences. Students will conduct original research on the icefield and present their findings at the end of the course. Research projects may be associated with ongoing research or new projects developed by the students and instructor.

Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

All Week
8:00a - 8:00p
6/24 - 8/29
3:00p - 4:00p
6/25 - 6/25
9:00a - 10:30a
6/25 - 6/25
1:30p - 2:30p
6/25 - 6/25
8:30a - 9:30a
6/26 - 6/26
8:30a - 9:30a
6/28 - 6/28
8:30a - 12:00p
6/29 - 6/29
7:00p - 8:30p
6/29 - 6/29

Course continues through fall term with a final exam in November. Supported by the Foundation for Glacier and Environmental Research (FGER). Takes place on the Juneau Icefield.

Tuition and fees: $120 (additional charges may apply)


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