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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
Electives16

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
GEOLS301Geomorphology4
GEOLS302Hydrology4
MATHS252Calculus 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
* 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
ENVSS414Biogeochemistry3
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

BIOLS271Ecology4
BIOLS382Wetland Ecology4
BIOLS480Aquatic Pollution3
BIOLS481Marine Ecology4
MATHS253Calculus III4
MATHS302Differential Equations3
MATHS305Geometry3
MATHS311Modern Algebra3
MATHS314Linear Algebra3
MATHS460Mathematical Modeling3
STATS273Elementary Statistics3
STATS373Probability and Statistics3
STATS401Regression and Analysis of Variance4

Electives

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
ENVSS414Biogeochemistry3
ENVSS410Advanced GIS3
ENVSS422Earth’s Climate System3
ENVSS341Organic Chemistry4
ENVSS350Environmental Chemistry4
GEOLS271Earth Materials4
GEOLS300Geology of Alaska3
GEOLS301Geomorphology4
GEOLS302Hydrology4
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: Spring - 2016


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
36023J01Sanjay 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
36022J01Sanjay 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)

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
36024J01Sanjay Pyare
WB102
Tuesday
3:00p - 5:00p
1/11 - 4/30
WB102
Thursday
3:00p - 6:00p
1/11 - 4/30

Tuition and fees: $760 (additional charges may apply)

ENVS 393
2 CR

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
37982J01Jason Amundson
EG114
Mon, Fri
1:10p - 2:10p
1/11 - 4/30

Introduction to glaciers and ice sheets and their impact on the environment. Covers glacier mass balance, ice flow, basal motion, glacier hydrology, glacier-ocean interactions, and ice core records. Examines the methods used to understand glacier behavior. Special attention will be given to the wide variety of glaciers found in Alaska. Prerequisites: ENVS/GEOG S102 or GEOL S104, MATH S152.

Tuition and fees: $460 (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/GEOG S102 or BIOL S104 or S105 or instructor permission.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
38466J01Brian Buma
WB102
Tue, Thu
8:00a - 9:30a
1/11 - 4/30

Tuition and fees: $690 (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
36029J01Jamie Womble
EG219
Wednesday
12:00p - 1:00p
1/11 - 4/30

Tuition and fees: $230 (additional charges may apply)

 
 

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