Environmental Science, B.S.


The main objective of the Environmental Science (ENVS) 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. Please visit uas.alaska.edu/envs for the most current information about the program.

Disciplinary emphasis areas are listed in the breadth courses section. ENVS students can also earn a minor in Biology or Mathematics. This is especially desirable for students interested in becoming secondary science teachers or considering graduate school. Program assessment plans and student learning outcomes are posted at the Program Assessment website.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the ENVS degree program requires the completion of four years of high-school math and science courses or the equivalent UAS courses:

PHYS S102Survey of Physics4
CHEM S103Introduction to General Chemistry4
MATH S151College Algebra for Calculus4
MATH S152Trigonometry3

When a student declares Environmental Science as a major they will be matched with an ENVS faculty advisor. Students should consult with their advisor for course selection and sequencing.

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 credit 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 Requirements38
Quantitative and Spatial Analysis 8
Concentration Areas18
General Education Requirements
Students should consult with an advisor and select courses that satisfy prerequisites required in this degree program.
Must include:
BIOL S105Fundamentals of Biology I4
ENVS S102Earth and Environment4
MATH S251Calculus I 14
Major Requirements38
BIOL S271Ecology4
CHEM S105General Chemistry I4
CHEM S106General Chemistry II4
ENVS S422Earth's Climate System3
GEOL S104Physical Geology4
GEOL S302Hydrology4
STAT S273Elementary Statistics3
Select one of the following Physics sequences:8
College Physics I
and College Physics II
General Physics I
and General Physics II
Quantitative and Spatial Analysis 8
BIOL S355Experimental Design and Data Analysis4
ENVS S111Introduction to Differential GPS1
ENVS S309Mobile GIS Technology and Applications2
ENVS S338Introduction to GIS3
ENVS S410Advanced Geographic Information Systems3
MATH S252Calculus II4
STAT S400Statistical Computing with R2
STAT S401Regression and Analysis of Variance4
Capstone Courses
ENVS S375Current Topics in Earth and Ecosystem Research2
ENVS S492Environmental Science Seminar 21
Select at least one of the following:1
(Environmental Science Internship)
Research in Environmental Science
Concentration Areas
Select 12 credits from primary concentration and 6 additional credits from either concentration:18
Forests and Ecosystems
CHEM S350Environmental Chemistry4
ENVS S406Remote Sensing3
ENVS S414Biogeochemistry3
ENVS S415Biogeography and Landscape Ecology3
ENVS S430Forest Ecosystems3
ENVS S431Forest Field Ecology Lab3
GEOG S210Temperate Rainforest Ecosystems3
GEOG S313Sustainable Resource Management3
Earth Systems and Climate Change
ENVS S213Natural Hazards3
ENVS S302Glaciology3
ENVS S406Remote Sensing3
ENVS S407Snow Hydrology4
ENVS S414Biogeochemistry3
ENVS S496Juneau Icefield Research Program6
GEOG S350Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Climate Change3
GEOL S301Geomorphology4
GEOL S320Geological Resources and the Environment3
To include upper division courses as needed to meet 48 upper dividion credits required for degree.20

 Prerequisites include MATH S151, S152


May be repeated once for a total of 2 credits; not a substitute for ENVS S491 or ENVS S498


May be repeated once


Juneau Icefield Research Program courses are offered in the summer only