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Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies

The Geography B.A. degree in Environmental Studies provides broad cultural background in the liberal arts  with an emphasis on Alaska and the Arctic. The B.A. also provides a geographic perspective based on these regions and prepares students for careers in management, policy, teaching, field-based research, regional planning, and private sector careers. The B.A. develops a strong foundation for advanced studies in a wide range of academic disciplines. Students may complete the Geography/Environmental Studies B.A. with an Emphasis in Outdoor Studies. This emphasis provides focus on outdoor sport and recreation and field experience in outdoor and adventure settings.

Program Assessment plans and student learning outcomes are posted on the Program Assessment website.

Admission Requirements

Students are admitted to the program after declaring a Geography and Environmental Studies major to an academic advisor in the Geography program. Students will be assigned an advisor in the Humanities, Social Science, or Natural Science department depending on their interests. Students should consult with their advisor for course selection and sequencing. Additional admission requirements exist for the Emphasis in Outdoor Studies. Please visit the ODS website for specific application and admission requirements.

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.

Internship Opportunities

The UAS Career Services office provides a current listing of internship opportunities available to UAS students. Internships can be paid/unpaid, and are offered by local, regional, and national organizations and businesses. Internship oftentimes turn into full time job offers following graduation which make them both advantageous and lucrative. If you have an interest in internships please contact Career Services for assistance. If admitted to a degree program you can also speak with a faculty member if you are interested in an internship for academic credit.

 
 

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