Geography and Environmental Resources, B.S.


The Geography B.S. degree in Environmental Resources integrates and synthesizes courses in geography, climate change, physical and biological sciences, and geographic information sciences and technology. This degree provides students with an interdisciplinary background in the geospatial science and earth system processes and prepares students for science-based careers in environmental research, management and consulting as well as graduate studies in related fields of geography and environmental science. Senior practicum courses serve as integrating capstone experiences enabling students to apply what they have learned in real-world settings. Courses in statistics, GIS, GPS and remote sensing are integrated with the geography core curriculum and courses in natural sciences. Program assessment plans and student learning outcomes are posted at the Program Assessment website.

Admission Requirements

Students are admitted to the program after declaring a Geography and Environmental Resources major to an academic advisor in the Geography program. Students will be assigned an advisor in the Natural Science department. Students should consult with their advisor for course selection and sequencing.

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 (2.00) or better.

Minimum Credit Hours120
General Education Requirements36
Major Requirements56
General Education Requirements
Complete all General Education Requirements which must include the following:36
Calculus I
One of the following Science sequences:
Fundamentals of Biology I
and Fundamentals of Biology II
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
College Physics I
and College Physics II
General Physics I
and General Physics II
Major Requirements 1
ENVS S492Environmental Science Seminar1
GEOG S101Local Places, Global Regions: Introduction to Geography3
GEOG S102Earth and Environment4
GEOG S312Humans and the Environment3
GEOG S338Introduction to GIS3
GEOG S490Geography Seminar2
Advisor approved courses in environment management3
Earth Systems
Select twenty-one credits of the following:21
Conservation Biology
Aquatic Pollution
Environmental Chemistry
Earth's Climate System
Temperate Rainforest Ecosystems
Snow Hydrology
Biogeography and Landscape Ecology
Geology of Alaska
Select two of the following:6
Arctic Anthropology
Natural Resource/ Environmental Economics
Literature and the Environment
Sustainable Resource Management
Perspectives on the Natural World
Environmental Sociology
Geographic Analysis
Select ten credits of the following:10
Introduction to Differential GPS
Mobile GIS Technology and Applications
Remote Sensing
GIS Jam: Projects in GIS and Remote Sensing
Advanced Geographic Information Systems
Mathematical Modeling
Elementary Statistics
Regression and Analysis of Variance
Select 28 credits of electives in consultation with an advisor, including a minimum of 12 credits of upper division courses.28
Total Credits120

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