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Welcome to the Natural Sciences Department

Geology field trip photo
The Geography and Environmental Studies program at UAS provides a unique interdisciplinary place-based approach to education, not only to emphasize enculturation and human development with the well-being of community, but also to provide our students with the irreplaceable experiences and collaborative skill sets required to compete in today’s job market.  Linked by a common interest in landscape and the environment in all its forms, the classes composing this degree specifically engage the theoretical, historical, and cultural dimensions of society in fields as diverse as political science, economics, law, media studies, indigenous studies, and literature.  The program also provides a geographic focus on the regions of Alaska and the Arctic and prepares students for careers in management, policy, teaching, field-based research, and regional planning.  
Our program integrates new and emerging technologies such as geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing with studies in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences. Students in our program examine patterns and processes of physical and cultural change, including climate change, human settlement patterns, natural resource distribution and management, and the production of a sense of place among peoples throughout the world. 
Students may complete the Geography and Environmental Studies B.A. with a concentration in three specific emphasis tracks: Environmental Studies, Cultural Geography, or Outdoor Studies.  
The Environmental Studies Emphasis explores the interrelationships between the earth’s physical and biological systems and how these systems provide a natural resources for human societies. The Cultural Geography Emphasis addresses the spatial organization of societies at all scales from the local to the global and the production of place, territory, and landscape by human imagination and activity.  The Outdoor Studies Emphasis provides a focus on outdoor sport and recreation and field experience in outdoor and adventure settings.

Natural Science
  • 796-6447  (Fax)
Soboleff Bldg 
11066 Auke Lake Way
Juneau, AK
99801
Mailstop: SOB1
Traversing the Taku Glacier
 
 

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