Graduate Degree in Environmental Science in Alaska
Three years of undergraduate coursework are completed at Carroll University followed by two years of graduate study at Alaska Pacific University (APU). The first year of APU courses transfer back to Carroll to complete the Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science with a minor in biology or chemistry. The agreement with APU specifies that students should be able to complete the Master of Science degree after two years of study in Alaska.
In preparation for this graduate program, students must complete a minimum of 104 credits at Carroll, all LSP courses, plus the following math and science courses during their first three years at Carroll:
Environmental Science 105, Introductory Physical Geography
Environmental Science 220, Weather and Climate
Environmental Science 223, Geologic Landscapes of North America
Environmental Science 230, Chemistry of the Environment
Environmental Science 253, Mapping and Remote Sensing
Environmental Science 267, Geographic Information Systems
Environmental Science 292, Environmental Ethics and Applications
Environmental Science 325, Soils and Hydrology
Environmental Science 349, Environmental Policy and Planning
Environmental Science 455, Watershed Management
Environmental Science 499, Capstone Seminar in Environmental Assessment (2 credits)
Biology 150, Organismal Biology I
Biology 160, Organismal Biology II
Biology 260, Introduction to Ecology and Evolution
Chemistry 109, Principles of Inorganic Chemistry
Chemistry 110, Principles of Analytic Chemistry
Computer Science 107, Problem Solving Using Information Technology (2 credits)
Mathematics 112, Introduction to Statistics
Mathematics 140, Calculus and its Applications
Information about Alaska Pacific University’s Master’s Program in Environmental Science can be found at: http://www.alaskapacific.edu/attend/msenviro.html
I couldn't have asked for a better preparation coming into APU than I had received from Carroll. I had a strong broad knowledge in Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, and GIS. Many of the students that come into this program from other schools generally have concentrated their previous studies and have a difficult time in the larger scene because they don't have that broad knowledge to recall to help them better understand all the issues with the topics. Carroll gave me a great advantage to help me excel in my graduate studies here at APU.
APU excels at allowing you to study what your heart desires. The professors are here to help guide you as you unravel all the questions that intrigue you. They truly are here for the students. My mentor continues to surprise me with generous time to discuss my research and provide me with excellent advance. There is a broad wealth of knowledge among the professors here so I never feel like there isn't someone that would know the answer to my dilemma. I would say APU's greatest advantage is their strong emphasis on providing students with the latest and greatest GIS training and technology.
The purpose of my masters research is to explore current major market Municipality of Anchorage residential land developers' perceptions of quality of life, compare these perceptions with residential development site designs, and determine developer familiarity with the Title 21 rewrite process.
APU is all about active learning. Active in the sense that you will get out in the field and dig soil pits, conduct wet land delineations, and observe glacial features on an actual glacier. Alaska is our textbook and APU tries to learn from all thing things right under our noses before they dare show you a movie on it.