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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 designed to prepare students for employment, or graduate school, in their chosen field.

Typically a bachelor degree program is 120 credits (four years).

Degree Requirements (2014-2015 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
Students should consult with an advisor and select courses that satisfy prerequisites required in this degree program.
Must include:
ENVSS102Earth and Environment4
GEOLS104Physical Geology4
MATHS200Calculus I4
Major Requirements48
BIOLS105Fundamentals of Biology I4
CHEMS105General Chemistry I4
CHEMS106General Chemistry II4
ENVSS338Introduction to GIS3
ENVSS422Earth’s Climate System3
GEOLS301Geomorphology4
GEOLS302Hydrology4
MATHS201Calculus 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
Select at least one from the following (1 credit):
ENVSS491Environmental Science Internship1-4
ENVSS498Directed Research1-6
**May be repeated once for a total of 2 credits; not a substitute for ENVS S491 or S498
Breadth Requirements20
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
ENVSS402Limnology4
ENVSS406Remote Sensing3
ENVSS407Snow Hydrology4
ENVSS410Advanced Geographic Information Systems3
ENVSS414Biogeochemistry3
ENVSS491Internship in ENVS Field1-4
ENVSS492Environmental Science Seminar*1
ENVSS498Research in Environmental Science1-6
GEOLS300Geology of Alaska3
GEOLS310Glaciation and Climate Change3
GEOLS315Glacier Surveying*3
___S__Juneau Icefield Program courses**3-9
*May be repeated once
**Juneau Icefield Research Program Courses are offered only in the summer

Icefield Courses and Academic Credit: Students are generally registered for a minimum of 3 credits through the UAS. Six credits comprise a full load. Additional credits (up to 9 per summer session) are available with cost borne by the participant.

Courses are in Earth Systems Field Science, emphasizing geological, glacial, periglacial, geophysical, arctic ecological, and glacio-atmospheric systems. Directed Studies in Mountain and Arctic Earth Systems Sciences can be arranged with concentration on selected topics.

Additional Natural Sciences Department Breadth courses for ENVS Majors
BIOLS271Ecology4
BIOLS382Wetland Ecology4
BIOLS480Aquatic Pollution3
BIOLS481Marine Ecology4
MATHS202Calculus III4
MATHS302Differential Equations3
MATHS305Geometry3
MATHS311Modern Algebra3
MATHS314Linear Algebra3
MATHS460Mathematical Modeling3
STATS273Elementary Statistics3
STATS373Probability and Statistics3
STATS401Regression and Analysis of Variance4
Electives16
Must include a minimum of 12 credits at the upper division level.

Minor in Environmental Science

Minors are areas of study that students can use to expand the scope of their bachelor degree program (for example a student in a Art major can add a Business minor).

Typically a minor is 15 credits, it cannot be the same emphasis as the main degree program.

Degree Requirements (2014-2015 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
ENVSS402Limnology4
ENVSS406Remote Sensing3
ENVSS407Snow Hydrology3
ENVSS414Biogeochemistry3
ENVSS410Advanced GIS3
ENVSS422Earth’s Climate System 
ENVSS341Organic Chemistry4
ENVSS350Environmental Chemistry4
GEOLS271Earth Materials4
GEOLS300Geology of Alaska3
GEOLS301Geomorphology4
GEOLS302Hydrology4
GEOLS310Glaciation & Climate Change3
GEOLS315Glacier Surveying3
*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: Fall - 2014


Examines the atmospheric, hydrospheric, lithospheric, and oceanic systems that define the environment; the interactions among these systems; energy as an environmental parameter; and the effects of physical systems on the biosphere. The labs focus on measurement and description of the environment using methods from meteorology, hydrology, and earth science. Global Positioning Systems and other relevant field techniques are introduced.

Prerequisite: MATH S105 or concurrent enrollment.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
79906J01Eran Hood
HB110
Thursday
9:00a - 12:00p
9/2 - 12/13
HB110
Mon, Wed, Fri
12:00p - 1:00p
9/2 - 12/13

Tuition and fees: $756 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
79907J02Eran Hood
HB110
Mon, Wed, Fri
12:00p - 1:00p
9/2 - 12/13
HB110
Thursday
1:15p - 4:15p
9/2 - 12/13

Tuition and fees: $756 (additional charges may apply)

An overview of the Global Positioning System; the development of a data dictionary; data acquisition using differential GPS; and integrating GPS data into environmental applications.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
79908J01Kathy Smikrud
HB110
Sun, Sat
9:00a - 4:15p
10/11 - 10/12

Final DTS project due by Oct 31, 2011.

Tuition and fees: $199 (additional charges may apply)

ENVS 212
4 CR

The study of natural hazards is a primer to living with Earth. Environmental outcomes affect the environmental health of our planet's surface and its human populations. Not all hazards lead to destruction; some are the result of ongoing and quite normal Earth processes that may involve soil, water or minerals.

Prerequisite: ENVS/GEOG S102 and GEOL S104; and MATH S107 or concurrent enrollment.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
80355J01Michael Hekkers
HB201
Mon, Wed
1:15p - 2:45p
9/2 - 12/13
HB201
Tuesday
2:00p - 5:00p
9/2 - 12/13

Tuition and fees: $716 (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
79911J01Sanjay Pyare
WB102
Tuesday
5:30p - 7:30p
9/2 - 12/13
WB102
Thursday
5:30p - 8:30p
9/2 - 12/13

Tuition and fees: $688 (additional charges may apply)

Advanced GIS examines the object models used for the representation of spatially continuous data and the analysis of those data. Specific topics include terrain models; classification; suitability analysis; utilizing imagery; local, focal and zonal functions; surface modeling, and geo-referencing.

Prerequisite: ENVS/GEOG S338.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
80007J01Sanjay Pyare
WB102
Tue, Thu
11:30a - 1:00p
9/2 - 12/13

Tuition and fees: $718 (additional charges may apply)

ENVS 491
1 - 4 CR

Part-time work in an approved science agency where the student is supervised by a senior employee of the agency in cooperation with the faculty advisor.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing and signed instructor approval form.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
79915J01
ARR
9/2 - 12/13

Available for 1 to 4 credits, to be determined at time of registration.

Tuition and fees per credit hour: $216; (additional charges may apply)

Individual research in the environmental sciences undertaken by a student in consultation with a member of the ENVS faculty. Student may submit research ideas, and with faculty input, develop them into a project. Requires consent of advisor and appropriate faculty sponsor, signed study contract, and instructor approval form.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing and signed permission forms.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
82041J02Brian Buma
ARR
9/2 - 12/13

Tuition and fees: $216 (additional charges may apply)

Individual research in the environmental sciences undertaken by a student in consultation with a member of the ENVS faculty. Student may submit research ideas, and with faculty input, develop them into a project. Requires consent of advisor and appropriate faculty sponsor, signed study contract, and instructor approval form.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing and signed permission forms.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
79970J01
ARR
9/2 - 12/13

Tuition and fees per credit hour: $216; (additional charges may apply)

 
 

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