Environmental Studies

College of Rural and Community Development
Bristol Bay Campus


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Minimum Requirements for Certificate: 34–39 credits

This program addresses many of the environmental issues influencing Alaska communities and provides basic academic preparation for entry-level vocational environmental careers. The program serves as a steppingstone into science-related associate or baccalaureate programs.

This program may be especially of interest to individuals employed by and/or interested in employment with state, federal or tribal agencies or other groups providing natural resource management services. It is recommended that students have completed a high school lab-based science, biology or chemistry course as well as algebra due to the science focus of this program.

Certificate Program

  1. Complete the general university requirements.
  2. Complete the certificate requirements.*
  3. Complete the following:
    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 the following:
      DEVM F105--Intermediate Algebra (3)
           or MATH/CS/STAT at the 100 level or higher--3 credits
    3. Complete one of the following human relations courses:
      ANTH F100X/SOC F100X--Individual, Society and Culture (3)
           or ABUS F154--Human Relations (3)
           or other program-approved discipline-based human relations course--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 F115X--Fundamentals of Biology I (4)--4 credits
      CHEM F103X--Basic General Chemistry (4)
           or CHEM F105X--General Chemistry I (4)--4 credits
    2. Complete the following:
      ENVI F101--Introduction to Environmental Science--3 credits
      ENVI F110--Introduction to Water Quality I: Measurement--1 credit
      ENVI F130--Introduction to the National Environmental Policy Act--1 credit
      ENVI F160--Internship in Environmental Studies--1–2 credits
      ENVI F260--Field Techniques for Environmental Technicians--2 credits
      ENVI F265--Introduction to Methods in Environmental Studies--2 credits
      GEOG F111X--Earth and Environment: Elements of Physical Geography--4 credits
  5. Complete 3–4 credits from the following electives:
    BIOL F104X--Natural History of Alaska--4 credits
    BIOL F115X--Fundamentals of Biology I--4 credits
    CHEM F104X--Beginnings in Biochemistry--4 credits
    CHEM F105X--General Chemistry I--4 credits
    DEVS F100--Introduction to Science--4 credits
    FISH F101--Introduction to Fisheries--3 credits
    HLRM F130--Research Field Logistics--2 credits
    NRM F101--Natural Resources Conservation and Policy--3 credits
    RD F250--Grant Writing for Community Development--1–3 credits
    STAT F200X--Elementary Probability and Statistics**--3 credits
    Advisor-approved elective***--1–3 credits
  6. Minimum credits required--34–39 credits

* Students must earn a C- grade or better in each course.

** Cannot be used for elective credit if used as computational credit.

*** Similar level and subject matter.