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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

Please refer to the academic catalog for a complete list of course requirements.

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

Please refer to the academic catalog for a complete list of course requirements.


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.

  • BIOL    S105     Fundamentals of Biology I (4 cr)
  • BIOL    S271     Ecology (4 cr)
  • BIOL    S355     Experimental Design and Data Analysis (4 cr)


  • CHEM   S105     General Chemistry I (4 cr)
  • CHEM   S106     General Chemistry II (4 cr)
  • CHEM   S350     Environmental Chemistry (4 cr)

Environmental Science

  • ENVS   S102     Earth and Environment (4 cr)
  • ENVS   S111     Introduction to GPS (1 cr)
  • ENVS   S213     Natural Hazards  (3 cr)
  • ENVS   S302     Glaciology  (3 cr)
  • ENVS   S309     Mobile GIS Technology and Applications  (1 or 2 cr)
  • ENVS   S338     Introduction to GIS  (3 cr)
  • ENVS   S375     Current Topics in Earth and Ecosystem Research
  • ENVS   S406     Remote Sensing  (3 cr)
  • ENVS   S407     Snow Hydrology  (3 cr)
  • ENVS   S410     Advanced Geographic Information Systems  (3 cr)
  • ENVS   S414     Biogeochemistry  (3 cr)
  • ENVS   S415     Biogeography and Landscape Ecology (3 cr)
  • ENVS   S422     Earth’s Climate System (3 cr)
  • ENVS   S430     Forest Ecosystems  (3 cr)
  • ENVS   S431     Forest Field Ecology Lab  (3 cr)
  • ENVS   S491     Environmental Science Internship (1-4 cr)
  • ENVS   S492     Environmental Science Seminar (1 c)
  • ENVS   S496     Juneau Icefield Research Program (6 cr)
  • ENVS   S498     Research in Environmental Science (1-6 cr)


  • GEOG   S210    Temperate Rainforest Ecosystems
  • GEOG   S313    Sustainable Resource Management
  • GEOG   S350    Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Climate Change (3 cr)


  • GEOL   S104     Physical Geology  (4 cr)
  • GEOL   S302     Hydrology  (4 cr)
  • GEOL   S301     Geomorphology (4 cr)
  • GEOL   S320     Geological Resources and the Environment  (3 cr)


  • MATH   S200     Calculus I (4 cr)
  • MATH   S201     Calculus II (4 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    S400    Statistical Computing with R (2 cr)
  • STAT    S401    Regression and Analysis of Variance  (4 cr)

Juneau Icefield Program courses (6 cr)
Courses are offered only in the summer. For more information see your program advisor or Juneau Icefield Research Program.


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