Geography and Environmental Studies, B.A.

Juneau

The Geography B.A. degree in Environmental Studies provides broad cultural background in the liberal arts with an emphasis on Alaska and the Arctic. The B.A. also provides a geographic perspective based on these regions and prepares students for careers in management, policy, teaching, field-based research, regional planning and private sector careers. The B.A. develops a strong foundation for advanced studies in a wide range of academic disciplines. Students may complete the Geography/Environmental Studies B.A. with an Emphasis in Outdoor Studies. This emphasis provides focus on outdoor sport and recreation and field experience in outdoor and adventure settings. 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 Studies major to an academic advisor in the Geography program. Students will be assigned an advisor in the Humanities, Social Science, or Natural Science department depending on their interests. Students should consult with their advisor for course selection and sequencing. Additional admission requirements exist for the Emphasis in Outdoor Studies. Please visit uas.alaska.edu/ods for specific application and admission requirements.

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 (2.00) 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 Requirements45
Breadth Requirements15
Electives 39
General Education Requirements
Complete all General Education Requirements.36
Major Requirements 1
GEOG S101Local Places, Global Regions: Introduction to Geography3
GEOG S102Earth and Environment4
GEOG S312Humans and the Environment3
GEOG S338Introduction to GIS3
GEOG S490Geography Seminar2
Earth Systems and Geographic Analysis
Select six credits of the following:6
Earth's Climate System
Temperate Rainforest Ecosystems
Mobile GIS Technology and Applications
Remote Sensing
Advanced Geographic Information Systems
Biogeography and Landscape Ecology
Geomorphology
Hydrology
Human-Environment
Select nine credits of the following:9
Arctic Anthropology
Ethnobiology
Natural Resource/ Environmental Economics
Literature and the Environment
Sustainable Resource Management
Perspectives on the Natural World
Environmental Sociology
Breadth Requirements
Select fifteen credits of the following:15
Archaeology of Southeast Alaska
Tlingit Culture and History
Alaska Native Social Change
Nature Writing
Literature of Alaska: Native and Non-Native Perspectives
Native American Literature
Ecocriticism
Snow Hydrology
Biogeochemistry
Geology of Alaska
Introduction to Environmental Health
Introduction to Outdoor Leadership
Outdoor Leadership
Advisor approved upper-division courses
Electives
Complete elective requirements. 139
Total Credits120
1

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 Requirements68
ODS Emphasis Requirements20
Breadth Requirements18
General Education Requirements
Complete all General Education Requirements.34
Major Requirements
GEOG S101Local Places, Global Regions: Introduction to Geography3
GEOG S102Earth and Environment4
GEOG S312Humans and the Environment3
GEOG S338Introduction to GIS3
GEOG S490Geography Seminar2
Electives 16
ODS Emphasis Requirements
ODS S120Wilderness First Responder4
ODS S243Introduction to Outdoor Leadership3
ODS S244Outdoor Leadership2
ODS S245Outdoor Leadership Capstone1-4
ODS S444Expedition Planning and Leadership2
ODS S445Outdoor Studies Emphasis Capstone2-4
HUM S270Sport, Leisure and Culture3
PHIL S371Perspectives on the Natural World3
Outdoor Skills
Select twelve credits of the following:12
Swiftwater Rescue
Backpacking in Southeast Alaska
Winter Backpacking in Southeast Alaska
Introduction to Rock Climbing
Introduction to Ice Climbing
Avalanche Evaluation and Theory I
Introduction to Fly Fishing, Tying, and Casting
Introduction to Sea Kayaking
Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking
Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding
Backcountry Navigation
Rock Climbing Level II
Ice Climbing Level II
Avalanche Evaluation and Theory Level II
Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue Fundamentals
Mountaineering I
Expedition Sea Kayaking 2
Other approved ODS skills courses
Earth Systems and Geographic Analysis
Select one of the following:3-4
Earth's Climate System
Temperate Rainforest Ecosystems
Remote Sensing
Advanced Geographic Information Systems
Biogeography and Landscape Ecology
Geomorphology
Hydrology
Human-Environment
Select one of the following:3
Arctic Anthropology
Ethnobiology
Natural Resource/ Environmental Economics
Literature and the Environment
Sustainable Resource Management
Environmental Sociology
Breadth Requirements
Select nine credits of the following:9
Archaeology of Southeast Alaska
Tlingit Culture and History
Alaska Native Economic and Political Development
Nature Writing
Literature of Alaska: Native and Non-Native Perspectives
Native American Literature
Ecocriticism
Snow Hydrology
Biogeochemistry
Geology of Alaska
Introduction to Environmental Health
Breadth Electives
Complete Breadth Electives. 318
Total Credits120
1

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.

2

May be repeated for up to 3 credits

3

12 credits of breadth electives must be upper division.