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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 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 (2013-2014 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 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 Requirements*45
GEOGS101Introductory Geography3
GEOGS102Earth and Environment4
GEOGS312Humans and the Environment3
GEOGS338Introduction to GIS3
GEOGS490Geography Seminar2
___S___Electives*6-8
Select from the following (6 credits):
Earth Systems and Geographic Analysis
ENVSS420Atmospheric Science3
ENVSS309Mobile GIS Technology and Applications2
ENVSS406Remote Sensing3
GEOGS410Advanced GIS3
GEOGS415Biogeography and Landscape Ecology3
GEOLS301Geomorphology4
GEOLS302Hydrology4
Select three from the following (9 credits):
Human-Environment
ANTHS342Arctic Ethnology3
ANTHS408Ethnobiology3
ECONS435Natural Resource Economics3
ENGLS303Literature and the Environment3
PHILS371Perspectives on the Natural World3
SOC404Environmental Sociology3
Breadth Requirements15
Select from the following (15 credits):
ANTHS314Archeology of Southeast Alaska3
ANTHS428Tlingit Culture and History3
ANTHS475Alaska Native Social Change3
ANTHS458Alaska Native Economic and Political Development3
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
Electives*39

*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 Requirements*68
Geography Core21
GEOGS101Intro to Geography3
GEOGS102Earth and Environment4
GEOGS312Humans and the Environment4
GEOGS338Introduction to GIS3
GEOGS490Geography Seminar2
____S___Electives*6
ODS Emphasis Requirements20
ODSS120Wilderness First Responder4
ODSS243Outdoor Leadership I3
ODSS244Outdoor Leadership II2
ODSS245ODS Certificate Capstone1-4
ODSS444Expedition Planning and Leadership2
ODSS445ODS Emphasis Capstone2
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 Fund2
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):
ENVSS420Atmospheric Science3
GEOGS406Remote Sensing3
GEOGS410Advanced GIS3
GEOGS415Biogeography & Landscape Ecology3
GEOLS301Geomorphology4
GEOLS302Hydrology4
Human-Environment
Select from the following (3 credits):
ANTHS342Arctic Ethnology3
ANTHS408Ethnobiology3
ECONS435Natural Resource Economics3
ENGLS303Literature and the Environment3
SOCS404Environmental Sociology3
BREADTH REQUIREMENTS9
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 ELECTIVES18
12 credits of breadth electives must be upper division.

Bachelor of Science in Geography and Environmental Resources

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 (2013-2014 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
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
BIOLS271Ecology4
BIOLS373Conservation Biology4
BIOLS480Aquatic Pollution3
CHEMS350Environmental Chemistry4
ENVSS420Atmospheric Science3
GEOGS407Snow Hydrology4
GEOGS414Biogeochemistry3
GEOGS415Biogeography and Landscape Ecology3
GEOLS271Earth Materials4
GEOLS300Geology of Alaska3
GEOLS301Geomorphology4
GEOLS307Hydrology4
GEOLS310Glaciation and Climate Change3
Select two from the following (6 credits):
Human Environment
ANTHS342Arctic Ethnology3
ANTHS408Ethnobiology3
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
Electives**28

**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 - 2014


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

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
79454KD1John Radzilowski
DISTWEB
9/2 - 12/13

Delivered via web. Requires access to internet, email and MSWord. Go to course site at https://online.uas.alaska.edu/online for course information. 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: $577 (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
79919J01Eran 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
79920J02Eran 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
79921J01Kathy 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)

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 S107 or concurrent enrollment.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
80908J01Michael Hekkers
HB201
Mon, Wed
1:15p - 2:45p
9/2 - 12/13

Tuition and fees: $537 (additional charges may apply)

Biogeography, ecology, and dynamics of temperate rainforests around the world. Class will explore the abiotic and biotic characteristics that create and maintain temperate rainforests, their unique ecology and dynamics, and identify current conservation and management concerns.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
80775J03Brian Buma
HB105
Mon, Wed, Fri
10:20a - 11:20a
9/2 - 12/13

Tuition and fees: $537 (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
79924J01Sanjay 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)

 
 

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