A place where landforms are still a work in progress

Earn your Earth Science degree in a challenging interdisciplinary program where geologically active Alaska is your classroom. From your earliest days in the major, you’ll take part in field work alongside geoscientists in areas like climate change, ecology, oceanography, and snow and glacier science.

APU Earth Science grads compete successfully for placement with

  • National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and other agencies
  • private sector environmental and geotechnical consulting
  • mineral and energy industries in Alaska and beyond
  • graduate studies
  • U.S. Geological Survey, headquartered on the APU campus

Wilderness shapes your degree

Earth Science at APU can find you camping on a glacier or contributing to grant-funded research on meltwater and climate change. Let your interest in snow science lead you to Mount McKinley, where Earth Science students are working with the National Park Service. Or pursue geophysics with select undergraduates from around the country taking part in National Science Foundation research.

Earth Science students are accomplishing all of these, and much more, while gaining real-world skills.

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Earth Science Core

  • Physical Geology
  • Alaskan Earth history
  • Principles of Biology II
  • Principles of Chemistry I
  • Survey and Methods in Environmental Science
  • Calculus I
  • Calculus II
  • Environmental Physics
  • Principles of Chemistry II
  • Applied Statistics for Environmental Science
  • Introduction to GIS
  • Weather and Climate
  • Junior Practicum
  • Earth Materials
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Scientific Writing
  • Research Methods
  • Senior Project

Earth Science Electives

  • Snow and Avalanche Science for Professionals
  • Glaciology and Glacier Travel
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Snow Science for Outdoor Professionals
  • Oceanography
  • Introduction to Remote Sensing
  • Applied GIS
  • Principles of Ecohydrology
  • Field Methods in Ecohydrology
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Water Resources Management
  • Environmental Geology
  • Geomorphology
  • Field Methods in Earth Sciences
  • Climate Change
  • Principles of Glaciology
  • Any 300 or 400 level Math course


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Your future as a scientist starts now.

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? 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.

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