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Degrees and Programs Index


Science Application

Science application courses are not offered on the Fairbanks campus.


SCIA 100 (1 Credit) As Demand Warrants
Introducing Astronomy (1+0)
History of astronomy, the structure of the universe and its parts and the techniques used for studying the universe. Observation of celestial bodies with various optical instruments.


SCIA 101 (3 Credits) Independent Learning Only
Fundamentals of Petroleum
An overall view of the petroleum industry in terms understandable by the lay person as well as the professional. Included are lessons on petroleum geology, prospecting, leasing, drilling, production, pipelines, refining, processing and marketing. Sponsored by the Alaska Mining and Petroleum Training Service.


SCIA 107 (1 Credit) As Demand Warrants
Rock Identification (1+0)
Physical properties of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. Sight identification of rocks with emphasis on rocks found on the Seward Peninsula.


SCIA 109 (1 Credit) As Demand Warrants
Mineral Identification (1+0)
Physical and field identifiable chemical properties of rocks and minerals. Emphasis on minerals found on the Seward Peninsula.


SCIA 130 (1 Credit) As Demand Warrants
Moose Ecology (1+0)
Natural history of moose, the ecological concepts of energy flow, nutrient cycling, food webs and population dynamics. Attention to the Seward Peninsula moose population and factors used in making wildlife management decisions.


SCIA 150 (1 Credit) As Demand Warrants
Subarctic Horticulture (0+3)
Soils, plant propagation, disease and insect control, variety selection, fertilization, greenhouse construction and care and gardening techniques. Emphasis on development and care of greenhouses and gardens in the Nome area.


SCIA 157 (1 Credit) As Demand Warrants
Alaska Plants (1+0) n
Introduction to the topics of plant taxonomy and identification with specific reference to common Alaskan plants and vegetation types.


SCIA 161 (1 Credit) As Demand Warrants
Birds of Alaska (1+0)
Biology of birds including behavior, anatomy, physiology, ecology, systematics and field identification.


SCIA 162 (1 Credit) As Demand Warrants
Mammals of Alaska (1+0) n
Introduction to the mammals of Alaska and their importance to the local ecology and economy from a scientific research standpoint. Emphasis on important and/or common species for study of classification, habitat, life cycle and economic importance. (Prerequisite: Background or interest in general science or natural history or permission of instructor.)


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