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Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

The main objective of the Environmental Science degree program is to produce graduates who are well educated in the processes and interactions that occur in and between the atmosphere, biosphere, lithosphere, and hydrosphere. To achieve this, the curriculum draws from a number of disciplines. Students have the opportunity to be trained in basic mathematical and scientific methods and the application of these methods in examining the relationships between natural processes and human endeavors.

Degree Requirements (2015-2016 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
Major Requirements48
Breadth Requirements20

General Education Requirements

Students should consult with an advisor and select courses that satisfy prerequisites required in this degree program.

Must include:

ENVSS102Earth and Environment4
GEOLS104Physical Geology4
MATHS251Calculus I4

Major Requirements

BIOLS105Fundamentals of Biology I4
CHEMS105General Chemistry I4
CHEMS106General Chemistry II4
ENVSS338Introduction to GIS3
ENVSS422Earth’s Climate System3
MATHS252Calculus II4

Select one from the following (4 credits):

CHEMS341Organic and Biologic Chemistry I4
CHEMS350Environmental Chemistry4

Select one from the following (4 credits):

ENVSS212Natural Hazards4

Select both

PHYSS103College Physics I4
PHYSS104College Physics II4

or both

PHYSS211General Physics I4
PHYSS212General Physics II4

Capstone Courses

ENVSS492Environmental Science Seminar*1
* May be repeated once for a total of 2 credits; not a substitute for ENVS S491 or S498

Select at least one from the following (1 credit minimum):

ENVSS491Environmental Science Internship1-4
ENVSS498Directed Research1-6

Breadth Requirements

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
ENVSS406Remote Sensing3
ENVSS407Snow Hydrology4
ENVSS410Advanced Geographic Information Systems3
ENVSS491Internship in ENVS Field1-4
ENVSS492Environmental Science Seminar*1
ENVSS496Juneau Icefield Program Courses**1
ENVSS498Research in Environmental Science1-6
GEOLS300Geology of Alaska3
GEOLS310Glaciation and Climate Change3

* May be repeated once

** Juneau Icefield Research Program Courses are offered only in the summer

Additional Natural Sciences Department Breadth Courses for ENVS Majors

BIOLS382Wetland Ecology4
BIOLS480Aquatic Pollution3
BIOLS481Marine Ecology4
MATHS253Calculus III4
MATHS302Differential Equations3
MATHS311Modern Algebra3
MATHS314Linear Algebra3
MATHS460Mathematical Modeling3
STATS273Elementary Statistics3
STATS373Probability and Statistics3
STATS401Regression and Analysis of Variance4


Must include a minimum of 12 credits at the upper division level.

Minor in Environmental Science

Minimum Credit Hours 18

A minor in Environmental Science will enable non majors to begin to develop an acquaintance with Earth Systems science, expand their awareness of human impacts to these systems, and receive recognition on their transcripts for their efforts. The minor will also provide opportunities for Humanities, Social Science, Business, Education and Career Education majors who would like to broaden their knowledge of physical and biological science without majoring in a Natural Sciences Department degree program. Please contact your advisor or an Environmental Sciences faculty member for specific requirements.

Degree Requirements (2015-2016 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
ENVSS406Remote Sensing3
ENVSS407Snow Hydrology4
ENVSS410Advanced GIS3
ENVSS422Earth’s Climate System3
ENVSS341Organic Chemistry4
ENVSS350Environmental Chemistry4
GEOLS271Earth Materials4
GEOLS300Geology of Alaska3
GEOLS310Glaciation & Climate Change3
* Additional prerequisites are required for upper division courses.


Courses for Environmental Sciences Majors could include some of the following courses, though specific classes should be selected and arranged with your program advisor.  Click on the below links for current course offerings.

The Environmental Sciences 6 year plan for course offerings can be found on the Provost's web page.

ASTR S225 General Astronomy (3 cr)

BIOL S105 Fundamentals of Biology I (4 cr)
BIOL S271 Ecology (4 cr)
BIOL S382 Wetland Ecology (4 cr)
BIOL S480 Aquatic Pollution (3 cr)
BIOL S481 Marine Ecology (4 cr)

CHEM S105 General Chemistry I (4 cr)
CHEM S106 General Chemistry II (4 cr)
CHEM S341 Organic and Biologic Chemistry I (4 cr)
CHEM S450 Environmental Chemistry (4 cr)

Environmental Science
ENVS S101 Introduction to Environmental Science (4 cr)
ENVS S110 Intro to Geographic Information Systems (1 cr)
ENVS S111 Intro to Differential Global Positioning Systems (1 cr)
ENVS S200 Hazardous Materials Management (3 cr)
ENVS S301 Soil Sciences (4 cr)
ENVS S310 Geographic Info Systems (3 cr)
ENVS S311 Technical Writing for Science Majors (3 cr)
ENVS S402 Limnology (4 cr)
ENVS S403 Remote Sensing (3 cr)
ENVS S404 Snow Hydrology (4 cr)
ENVS S408 Biogeochemistry (3 cr)
ENVS S410 Advanced Geographic Information Systems (3 cr)
ENVS S420 Atmospheric Science (3 cr)
ENVS S491 Internship in ENVS Field (1-4 cr)
ENVS S492-ENVS Seminar (1 cr)
ENVS S493 Planetary Science (3 cr)
ENVS S498-Directed research (1-4 cr)

GEOL S104 Physical Geology (4 cr)
GEOL 271 Earth Materials (4 cr)
GEOL S300 Geology of Alaska (3 cr)
GEOL 301 Geomorphology (4 cr)
GEOL 302 Hydrology (4 cr)
GEOL S310 Glaciation and Climate Change (3 cr)
GEOL S315 Glacier Surveying* (3 cr)

MATH S200 Calculus I (4 cr)
MATH S201 Calculus II (4 cr)
MATH S202 Calculus III (4 cr)
MATH S302 Differential Equations (3 cr)
MATH S305 Geometry (3 cr)
MATH S311 Modern Algebra (3 cr)
MATH S314 Linear Algebra (3 cr)
MATH S460 Mathematical Modeling (3 cr)

PHYS S103 College Physics I (4 cr)
PHYS S104 College Physics II (4 cr)
PHYS S211 General Physics I (4 cr)
PHYS S212 General Physics II (4 cr)

STAT S273 Elementary Statistics (3 cr)
STAT S373 Probability and Statistics (3 cr)
STAT S401 Regression and Analysis of Variance (4 cr)

Juneau Icefield Program courses (3-9 cr)
Courses are offered only in the summer. For more information see your program advisor or Juneau Icefield Research Program.


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