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Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

The main objective of the Environmental Science degree program is to produce graduates who are well educated in the processes and interactions that occur in and between the atmosphere, biosphere, lithosphere, and hydrosphere. To achieve this, the curriculum draws from a number of disciplines. Students have the opportunity to be trained in basic mathematical and scientific methods and the application of these methods in examining the relationships between natural processes and human endeavors.

Degree Requirements

Please refer to the academic catalog for a complete list of course requirements.

Minor in Environmental Science

Minimum Credit Hours 18

A minor in Environmental Science will enable non majors to begin to develop an acquaintance with Earth Systems science, expand their awareness of human impacts to these systems, and receive recognition on their transcripts for their efforts. The minor will also provide opportunities for Humanities, Social Science, Business, Education and Career Education majors who would like to broaden their knowledge of physical and biological science without majoring in a Natural Sciences Department degree program. Please contact your advisor or an Environmental Sciences faculty member for specific requirements.

Degree Requirements

Please refer to the academic catalog for a complete list of course requirements.


Courses for Environmental Sciences Majors could include some of the following courses, though specific classes should be selected and arranged with your program advisor.  Click on the below links for current course offerings.

The Environmental Sciences 6 year plan for course offerings can be found on the Provost's web page.

ASTR S225 General Astronomy (3 cr)

BIOL S105 Fundamentals of Biology I (4 cr)
BIOL S271 Ecology (4 cr)
BIOL S382 Wetland Ecology (4 cr)
BIOL S480 Aquatic Pollution (3 cr)
BIOL S481 Marine Ecology (4 cr)

CHEM S105 General Chemistry I (4 cr)
CHEM S106 General Chemistry II (4 cr)
CHEM S341 Organic and Biologic Chemistry I (4 cr)
CHEM S450 Environmental Chemistry (4 cr)

Environmental Science
ENVS S101 Introduction to Environmental Science (4 cr)
ENVS S110 Intro to Geographic Information Systems (1 cr)
ENVS S111 Intro to Differential Global Positioning Systems (1 cr)
ENVS S200 Hazardous Materials Management (3 cr)
ENVS S301 Soil Sciences (4 cr)
ENVS S310 Geographic Info Systems (3 cr)
ENVS S311 Technical Writing for Science Majors (3 cr)
ENVS S402 Limnology (4 cr)
ENVS S403 Remote Sensing (3 cr)
ENVS S404 Snow Hydrology (4 cr)
ENVS S408 Biogeochemistry (3 cr)
ENVS S410 Advanced Geographic Information Systems (3 cr)
ENVS S420 Atmospheric Science (3 cr)
ENVS S491 Internship in ENVS Field (1-4 cr)
ENVS S492-ENVS Seminar (1 cr)
ENVS S493 Planetary Science (3 cr)
ENVS S498-Directed research (1-4 cr)

GEOL S104 Physical Geology (4 cr)
GEOL 271 Earth Materials (4 cr)
GEOL S300 Geology of Alaska (3 cr)
GEOL 301 Geomorphology (4 cr)
GEOL 302 Hydrology (4 cr)
GEOL S310 Glaciation and Climate Change (3 cr)
GEOL S315 Glacier Surveying* (3 cr)

MATH S200 Calculus I (4 cr)
MATH S201 Calculus II (4 cr)
MATH S202 Calculus III (4 cr)
MATH S302 Differential Equations (3 cr)
MATH S305 Geometry (3 cr)
MATH S311 Modern Algebra (3 cr)
MATH S314 Linear Algebra (3 cr)
MATH S460 Mathematical Modeling (3 cr)

PHYS S103 College Physics I (4 cr)
PHYS S104 College Physics II (4 cr)
PHYS S211 General Physics I (4 cr)
PHYS S212 General Physics II (4 cr)

STAT S273 Elementary Statistics (3 cr)
STAT S373 Probability and Statistics (3 cr)
STAT S401 Regression and Analysis of Variance (4 cr)

Juneau Icefield Program courses (3-9 cr)
Courses are offered only in the summer. For more information see your program advisor or Juneau Icefield Research Program.


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