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Environmental Science

Welcome to APU Environmental Science!

Are you interested in the workings of the natural world? How glaciers are formed? How marine mammals dive to the depths? How fisheries are managed? The impacts of climate change? How natural resources are managed?

Then you’ve come to the right place! The APU Environmental Science department has the majors that will help you address the most pressing questions in Earth Science, Marine Biology, and Environmental Science in the 21st century. You’ll engage in cutting edge research with world class faculty, get out into the field to study natural processes in the pristine environment of Alaska and locations around the globe. You’ll work with leaders in our collaborating institutions, agencies, and industry. And you’ll gain the critical thinking, deep knowledge, and real skills that will prepare you for graduate school and a competitive job market.

Click on the links below to get more information! What are you waiting for? Your future starts NOW!

Leslie Cornick, Ph.D.
Chair, Environmental Science

Environmental Science – A broad degree in Environmental Science prepares you for a wide variety of career opportunities, including working in industry, consulting, for state agencies, or sets you on the road to a graduate degree. Our graduates have an outstanding track record of employment in the State and beyond after graduation. You can also focus on Biological Science and work as a field biologist, or minor in Environmental Policy.

Earth Science – With a landscape that includes more than 50 active volcanoes, 3 million lakes, 100,000 glaciers, 365,000 miles of rivers and streams, and a tectonically active plate boundary, Alaska is part of a northern region where climate warming and projected future changes have significant local and worldwide implications. In addition to traditional study of rocks and the earth’s structure, the Earth Science degree provides an integrated geosciences curriculum that is relevant to a variety of career paths in geology, glacier and snow science, climate science and hydrology. Alaska represents an incredible opportunity to study these large-scale processes in a pristine setting.

Marine Biology – Alaska is one of the best places in the world to study marine systems, and is at the forefront of cutting edge research with global implications. In addition to your core courses, MAR students can participate in three areas of applied research – Behavioral Ecology, Physiological Ecology, and Fisheries Science. Undergraduate and graduate students are directly involved in critical research throughout Alaska, the United States, and internationally, collaborating with top research institutions and state and federal agencies to answer the most pressing questions in marine science.

Master of Science – Already have your BA or BS degree? The Master of Science in Environmental Science is your next step on the road to an advanced degree, a more competitive position, and a higher salary. The MSES is a flexible program that allows you and your advisor to craft a degree plan and thesis research that is tailored to your goals and interests as you develop your expertise as a scientist. You will become an independent scientist capable of generating new ideas and questions and taking them all the way through publication in the scientific literature. The only limit is your imagination!

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