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B.S. in Geography and Environmental Resources

The Geography B.S. degree in Environmental Resources integrates and synthesizes courses in geography, climate change, physical and biological sciences, and geographic information sciences and technology. This degree provides students with an interdisciplinary background in the geospatial science and earth system processes and prepares students for science-based careers in environmental research, management and consulting as well as graduate studies in related fields of geography and environmental science. Senior practicum courses serve as integrating capstone experiences enabling students to apply what they have learned in real-world settings. Courses in statistics, GIS, GPS and remote sensing are integrated with the geography core curriculum and courses in natural sciences.

Admission Requirements

Students are admitted to the program after declaring a Geography and Environmental Resources major to an academic advisor in the Geography program. Students will be assigned an advisor in the Natural Science department. Students should consult with their advisor for course selection and sequencing.

Degree Requirements (2014-2015 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 48 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. All major courses require a C or better.

Minimum Credit Hours120
General Education Requirements36
MATHS200Calculus I4
Select both
BIOLS105Fundamentals of Biology I4
BIOLS106Fundamentals of Biology II4
or both
CHEMS105General Chemistry I4
CHEMS106General Chemistry II4
or both
PHYSS103College Physics I4
PHYSS104College Physics II4
or both
PHYSS211General Physics I4
PHYSS212General Physics II4
Major Requirements*56
ENVSS492Environmental Science Seminar1
GEOGS101Introductory Geography3
ENVSS102Earth and Environment4
GEOGS312Humans and the Environment3
GEOGS338Introduction to GIS3
GEOGS490Geography Seminar2
___S___Advisor-approved courses in environmental management3
Select from the following (21 credits):
Earth Systems
BIOLS373Conservation Biology4
BIOLS480Aquatic Pollution3
CHEMS350Environmental Chemistry4
ENVSS212Natural Hazards4
ENVSS422Earth’s Climate System4
GEOGS210Temperate Rainforest Ecosystems3
GEOGS407Snow Hydrology4
GEOGS415Biogeography and Landscape Ecology3
GEOLS300Geology of Alaska3
GEOLS310Glaciation and Climate Change3
Select two from the following (6 credits):
Human Environment
ANTHS342Arctic Ethnology3
ECONS435Natural Resource Economics3
ENGLS303Literature and the Environment3
PHILS371Perspectives on the Natural World3
SOCS404Environmental Sociology3
Select from the following (10 credits):
Geographic Analysis
GEOGS111Introduction to Differential GPS1
GEOGS309Mobil GIS Technology and Applications2
GEOGS406Remote Sensing3
GEOGS409GIS Jam: Projects in GIS and Remote Sensing1-3
GEOGS410Advanced Geographic Information Systems3
MATHS460Mathematical Modeling3
STATS273Elementary Statistics3
STATS401Regression and Analysis of Variance4

*Classes should be selected in consultation with an advisor and must include a minimum of 12 credits of upper division courses.

Internship Opportunities

The UAS Career Services Office provides a current listing of internship opportunities available to UAS students. These internships are funded by Alaskan, federal, national and international organizations and businesses. Changes occur frequently. 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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