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Biology

The program is composed of full time faculty actively involved in a wide range of disciplines including marine ecology, marine mammalogy, phycology, comparative physiology, neurobiology,  population genetics and conservation biology.

The location of the university provides students with a natural laboratory that includes extensive marine habitat, rainforest, wetlands, and ice fields -- all within walking distance of the classrooms. A small student-to-professor ratio ensures a more personal approach to learning than is possible at larger universities.

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Marine Biology students collecting samples in Auke Creek



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Bachelor of Arts: Biology

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 (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 UAS, including 24 upper division credits.

Minimum Credit Hours120
General Education Requirements36
The following courses must be included in the GERs for a B.A. in biology:
BIOLS105Fundamentals of Biology I4
BIOLS106Fundamentals of Biology II4
MATHS107College Algebra4
Major Requirements36
BIOLS271Ecology4
BIOLS362Genetics4
BIOLS482Evolution4
CHEMS105General Chemistry I4
CHEMS106General Chemistry II4
MATHS108 or higher3-4
STATS273Elementary Statistics3
select
BIOLS310Animal Physiology4
or
CHEMS___Any Upper Division Course4
Select two from the following (6 credits):
ASTRS225General Astronomy3
ENVSS102 or higher1-4
GEOLS104 or higher3-4
PHYSS102 or higher3-4
STATS373 or higher3-4
Biology Electives10
BIOLS215Introduction to Marine Biology3
BIOLS239Introduction to Plant Biology4
BIOLS300Vertebrate Zoology4
BIOLS305Invertebrate Zoology4
BIOLS355Experimental Design and Data Analysis4
BIOLS375Current Topics in Biology 22
BIOLS380Marine Ornithology and Herpetology3
BIOLS382Wetlands Ecology4
BIOLS384Marine Mammalogy4
BIOLS401Phycology4
BIOLS415Physiology of Marine Animals4
BIOLS427Introduction to Ichthyology4
BIOLS441Animal Behavior4
BIOLS445Vascular Plants of Southeast Alaska3
BIOLS480Aquatic Pollution3
BIOLS481Marine Ecology4
BIOLS492Biology Seminar1
Breadth Electives38

To include upper-division courses as needed. Students are encouraged to include a minor or double major.

Bachelor of Science: Biology

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 (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 recommendations for the GERs in Biology are listed below. Degree must include 48 credit hours of upper-division (300 or above) courses, 24 of which must be completed at UAS.

Minimum Credit Hours120
General Education Requirements36
Must include:
MATHS200Calculus I*4
BIOLS105Fundamentals of Biology I4
BIOLS106Fundamentals of Biology II4
*Prerequisites include MATH S107 and MATH S108
Major Requirements43
BIOLS271Ecology4
BIOLS310Animal Physiology4
BIOLS362Genetics4
BIOLS482Evolution4
CHEMS105General Chemistry I4
CHEMS106General Chemistry II4
CHEMS341Organic and Biological Chemistry I4
CHEMS342Organic and Biological Chemistry II4
STATS273Elementary Statistics3
select both
PHYSS103College Physics I4
PHYSS104College Physics II4
or both
PHYSS211General Physics I4
PHYSS212General Physics II4
Biology Electives20
Select four from the following (20 credits):
BIOLS215Introduction to Marine Biology3
BIOLS239Introduction to Plant Biology4
BIOLS300Vertebrate Zoology4
BIOLS305Invertebrate Zoology4
BIOLS373Conservation Biology3
BIOLS375Current Topics in Biology*4
BIOLS380Marine Ornithology and Herpetology3
BIOLS382Wetlands Ecology4
BIOLS384Marine Mammalogy4
BIOLS396Field Studies in Behavior and Ecology*1-6
BIOLS398/S498Research**1-6
BIOLS401Phycology4
BIOLS415Physiology of Marine Animals4
BIOLS427Introduction to Ichthyology4
BIOLS441Animal Behavior4
BIOLS445Vascular Plants of Southeast Alaska3
BIOLS480Aquatic Pollution3
BIOLS481Marine Ecology4
BIOLS492Biology Seminar*2
ENVSS414Biogeochemistry3
ENVSS415Biogeography & Landscape3
*Only 4 credits from BIOL S375 and 2 credits from BIOL S492 may be applied toward the biology electives. Additional credits may be applied toward electives.
**Up to 6 credits total from BIOL S396/398/498 may be applied.
Electives21
To include upper-division courses as needed to meet 48 upper division credits required for degree.

Minor in Biology

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 (2014-2015 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours18
BIOLS105Fundamentals of Biology I4
BIOLS106Fundamentals of Biology II4
Select three from the following (10-12 credits):*
BIOLS215Introduction to Marine Biology3
BIOLS239Introduction to Plant Biology4
BIOLS271Ecology4
BIOLS300Vertebrate Zoology4
BIOLS305Invertebrate Zoology4
BIOLS310Physiology4
BIOLS362Genetics4
BIOLS373Conservation Biology3
BIOLS380Marine Ornithology and Herpetology3
BIOLS382Wetlands Ecology4
BIOLS384Marine Mammalogy4
BIOLS401Phycology4
BIOLS427Introduction to Ichthyology4
BIOLS441Animal Behavior4
BIOLS445Vascular Plants of Southeast Alaska3
BIOLS480Aquatic Pollution3
BIOLS481Marine Ecology4
BIOLS482Evolution4
*Must include at least one 4 credit course

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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BIOL Classes: Summer - 2015


Introduces human structure and function. The integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems are covered. Recommended for health science students.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
52089TD1Deborah Barnett
DISTELIVE
Mon, Wed
7:00p - 8:30p
5/18 - 8/8

Oriented toward health science students. Students participate in real time online meetings as scheduled and attendence is required. Lab integrates virtual and hands on activities. Students receive extensive college level lab supplies. Students MUST have access to a computer with a microphone, headphones, MS Power Point, MS Word and the Internet. Contact with the instructor is via e-mail, Internet and phone. Additional information available at the course website: www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling toll free, 800-478-6653. Order textbooks from MBS Direct. Go to: www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/start to get started in your distance class.

Tuition and fees: $831 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
52090TD2Deborah Barnett
DISTELIVE
Mon, Wed
7:00p - 8:30p
5/18 - 8/8

Oriented toward health science students.Students participates in real time online meetings as scheduled and attendence is required. Lab integrates virtual and hands on activities. Students receives extensive college level lab supplies. Students MUST have access to a computer with a microphone, headphones, MS Power Point, MS Word and the Internet. Contact with instructor is via e-mail, Internet and phone. Additional information available at the course website: www.uas.alaska.online or by calling toll free 800-478-6653. Order textbooks from MBS Direct. Go to: www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/start to get started in your distance class.

Tuition and fees: $831 (additional charges may apply)

Continuation of BIOL 111. Endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, excretory, and reproductive systems are covered. Recommended for health science students.

Prerequisite: BIOL 111 (C- or better) or permission.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
52184TD1Paul Bahna
DISTELIVE
Tue, Thu
6:00p - 8:00p
5/18 - 8/8

Web based, online meetings. Students may choose to listen to recorded sessions on their own (with instructor permission), or participate in real time online meetings. Additional Lab sessions TBA. Students MUST have access to a computer with a microphone and the Internet. Contact with the instructor is via e-mail and the Internet. Additional information available at the course website: www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling toll free: 800-478-6653. Order textbooks from MBS Direct. Go to: www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/start to get started in your distance class.

Tuition and fees: $831 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
52185TD2Paul Bahna
DISTELIVE
Tue, Thu
6:00p - 8:00p
5/18 - 8/8

Web based, online meetings. Students may choose to listen to recorded sessions on their own (with instructor permission), or participate in real time online meetings. Additional Lab sessions TBA. Students MUST have access to a computer with a microphone and the Internet. Contact with the instructor is via e-mail and the Internet. Additional information available at the course website: www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling toll free: 800-478-6653. Order textbooks from MBS Direct. Go to: www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/start to get started in your distance class.

Tuition and fees: $831 (additional charges may apply)

General introductory microbiology with emphasis on microorganisms as disease causing agents. Fundamentals of microbial biology and diversity including host microbe interactions and epidemiology. Not accepted for Biology major credit. Recommended for health science students.

Prerequisite: 8 credits in biology or chemistry. BIOL S112 and CHEM S104 recommended.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
52186TD1Amanda Smith
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
3:30p - 5:30p
5/18 - 8/8

Lab Pak $270 Go to http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/start/ to get started in your distance class. Lab sessions via distance. Lab integrates virtual and hands on activities. Students receive extensive college-level lab supplies. Students must have access to a computer with a microphone and the internet. Contact with instructor via Email, internet and phone. Additional information available at the course website: www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling toll free 800-478-6653. Order textbooks from MBS Direct: go to http://direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm

Tuition and fees: $771 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
52213TD2Amanda Smith
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
3:30p - 5:30p
5/18 - 8/8

Lab Pak $270 Go to http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/start/ to get started in your distance class. Lab sessions via distance. Lab integrates virtual and hands on activities. Students receive extensive college-level lab supplies. Students must have access to a computer with a microphone and the internet. Contact with your instructor via Email, internet, and phone. Additional information available at the course website: www.uas.alaska.edu/online or by calling toll free: 800-478-6653. Order textbooks from MBS Direct: go to http://direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm.

Tuition and fees: $771 (additional charges may apply)

 
 

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