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Geography provides a holistic view of the earth system, its distinct and varied regions, as well as the types of and interaction between human activities and the physical world. Geography is the two-way bridge between the physical and social sciences as it explores the interrelationships between the earth’s physical and biological systems and how these environmental systems provide a natural resource base for human societies. Geography also provides the framework for the integration of new and emerging technologies such as geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing with studies in a broad range of academic disciplines.

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Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies

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)

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.

Bachelor of Science in Geography and Environmental Resources

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)

Minimum Credit Hours120
General Education Requirements36
Major Requirements56
Electives28

General Education Requirements

MATHS251Calculus 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

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

ENVSS492Environmental Science Seminar1
GEOGS101Introduction to Geography3
GEOGS102Earth and Environment4
GEOGS312Humans and the Environment3
GEOGS338Introduction to GIS3
GEOGS490Geography Seminar2
___S___Advisor-approved courses in environmental management3

Earth Systems

Select from the following (21 credits):

BIOLS271Ecology4
BIOLS373Conservation Biology4
BIOLS480Aquatic Pollution3
CHEMS350Environmental Chemistry4
ENVSS212Natural Hazards4
ENVSS422Earth’s Climate System4
GEOGS407Snow Hydrology4
GEOGS414Biogeochemistry3
GEOGS415Biogeography and Landscape Ecology3
GEOLS300Geology of Alaska3
GEOLS301Geomorphology4
GEOLS302Hydrology4
GEOLS310Glaciation and Climate Change3

Human-Environment

Select from the following (6 credits):

ANTHS342Arctic Ethnology3
ANTHS408Ethnobiology3
ECONS435Natural Resource Economics3
ENGLS303Literature and the Environment3
PHILS371Perspectives on the Natural World3
SOCS404Environmental Sociology3

Geographic Analysis

Select from the following (10 credits):

GEOGS111Introduction to Differential GPS1
GEOGS309Mobile 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

Electives

Classes should be selected in consultation with an advisor and must include a minimum of 12 credits of 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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GEOG Classes: Fall - 2015


World regions; analysis of environment with emphasis on the major culture realms.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
76765KD1John Radzilowski
DISTWEB
8/31 - 12/12

Delivered via web. Requires access to email and MSWord. View course information at UASOnline. Students must order books; go to http://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/ualaska.htm for book information. Call 1-888-550-6177 with questions or for registration information.

Tuition and fees: $570 (additional charges may apply)

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
77678J01Jason Fellman
WB101
Thursday
9:00a - 12:00p
8/31 - 12/12
EL104
Mon, Wed, Fri
12:00p - 1:00p
8/31 - 12/12

Tuition and fees: $800 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
77679J02Jason Fellman
EL104
Mon, Wed, Fri
12:00p - 1:00p
8/31 - 12/12
WB101
Thursday
1:15p - 4:15p
8/31 - 12/12

Tuition and fees: $800 (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
77680J01Kathy Smikrud
WB101
Sun, Sat
9:00a - 4:15p
10/10 - 10/11

Final DTS project due by Oct 31, 2011.

Tuition and fees: $210 (additional charges may apply)

GEOG 212
3 CR

This lecture-only 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. Lecture is shared with ENVS S412 (a lab course). Courses are not equivalent.

Prerequisite: GEOG/ENVS S102 or GEOL S104; and MATH S151 or concurrent enrollment.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
77681J01Sonia Nagorski
EG115
Mon, Wed
1:15p - 2:45p
8/31 - 12/12

Tuition and fees: $570 (additional charges may apply)

Focuses on the basic building blocks of natural resources, the history of their management (or mismanagement), current practices, major regulatory issues surrounding their exploitation, and examples of responsible resource management.

Prerequisite: ENVS/GEOG S102 or instructor permission.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
78700J01Brian Buma
EG114
Tue, Thu
8:00a - 9:30a
8/31 - 12/12

Tuition and fees: $690 (additional charges may apply)

Exploration of current and evolving literature on climate change, and the social and cultural consequences of climate change. Emphasis is placed on interdisciplinary issues and communicating across disciplines. May be repeated for credit when content varies.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing and ENGL S211 or ENGL S212, and at least one GER in Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
77854J01Jason Amundson
EG223
Mon, Wed
3:30p - 5:00p
8/31 - 12/12

Tuition and fees: $690 (additional charges may apply)

GEOG 406
3 CR

Identification, interpretation and measurement of physical and cultural features using remotely sensed data; image enhancement and analysis; applications of remote sensing to different scientific disciplines; and an introduction to raster-based Geographic Information Systems.

Prerequisite: MATH S151.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
77747J01Sanjay Pyare
WB102
Tue, Thu
11:30a - 1:00p
8/31 - 12/12

Tuition and fees: $690 (additional charges may apply)

 
 

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