College of Rural and Community Development
Community and Technical College
Kuskokwim Campus
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Minimum Requirements for Certificate: 30 - 32 credits

The ethnobotany certificate program involves interdisciplinary study of the role of native plants in indigenous cultures. Students will learn about native plants and their uses and ecology in the context of their cultural, social and economic importance by combining scientific and anthropological concepts and methods. The program emphasizes culturally relevant, place-based courses that highlight the ways this information contributes to other fields of study, such as cultural and natural resource management, community development, adaptive resilience, and human health. It is also designed to serve as a bridge to a variety of associate and baccalaureate programs in natural sciences and liberal arts.

This program may be especially of interest to individuals employed by or interested in employment with state, federal or tribal agencies or other local entities in rural Alaska which provide natural resource management services.

Admission requires a high school diploma or GED and interest in science-related fields. It is highly recommended that students have completed two high school lab-based science courses, preferably in biology, chemistry or physics.

Students whose ACT/SAT scores are not sufficient for placement into college level courses will be required to take the ASSET or ACCUPLACER test and will be placed into the appropriate developmental level course.

Certificate Program

  1. Complete the general university requirements.
  2. Complete the certificate requirements.*
  3. Complete the following requirements:
    1. Complete one of the following communication courses:
      ENGL F111X--Introduction to Academic Writing (3)
           or ABUS F170--Business English (3)--3 credits
    2. Complete one of the following computation courses:
      DEVM F105--Intermediate Algebra (3)
           or MATH F103X--Concepts and Contemporary Applications of Mathematics (3)
           or MATH F107X--Functions of Calculus (4)--3 - 4 credits
    3. Complete the following human relations courses:
      ANTH/SOC F100X--Individual, Society and Culture--3 credits
      ABUS F154--Human Relations--3 credits
  4. Complete the following program requirements:*
    1. Complete two science foundation courses:
      BIOL F103X--Biology and Society (4)
           or BIOL F104X--Natural History of Alaska (4)
           or BIOL F116X--Fundamentals of Biology II (4)--4 credits
      CHEM F103X--Basic General Chemistry (4)
           or CHEM F105X--General Chemistry I (4)--4 credits
    2. Complete the following:
      EBOT F100--Introduction to Ethnobotany--3 credits
      EBOT F200--Seminar in Ethnobotany--1 credit
      EBOT F210--Ethical Wildcrafting--1 credit
      EBOT F220--Ethnobotanical Techniques--2 credits
      EBOT F230--Ethnobotanical Chemistry--3 credits
    3. Complete 3 - 4 credits of approved electives--3 - 4 credits
      ENGL F212--Business, Grant and Report Writing (3)
           or ENGL F213X--Academic Writing About the Social and Natural Sciences--3 credits
           or 100 - 200-level advisor-approved electives from the following subject areas:
      Alaska Native Languages, Alaska Native Studies, Applied Art, Anthropology, Economics, Education, Eskimo, Biology or Natural Resource Management
  5. Minimum credits required--30 - 32 credits

* Students must earn a C grade (2.0) or better in each course.