Alaska is at the forefront of environmental change – there’s nowhere else in the country where you can examine these changes as they happen. Alaska has diverse ecosystems ranging from coastal to tundra to alpine, riverine to boreal forest to glaciers. If you’re interested in marine biology, fisheries, ecology, climate change, applied mathematics, aquarium and husbandry science, or environmental policy the Marine and Environmental Sciences degree is for you.
An APU Marine and Environmental Sciences degree can lead you to:
- Graduate study in a diverse array of environmental disciplines, even law school!
- Employment with the leading environmental consulting firms in Alaska and beyond.
- Seasonal and entry-level jobs with the National Parks Service, state and federal agencies, and Alaska Native corporations.
Survey and Methods in Environmental Science takes you from designing research to collecting data in the field, analyzing samples in the lab, conducting statistical analysis, and writing up your results. This is where you learn and DO the process of field science.
Geographic Information Systems is one of the most highly sought after skills in the job market. This series of courses will prepare you to conduct complex spatial analyses using the most up-to-date technology.
Fisheries Ecology teaches you the science and management of commercial fisheries, which are economically and ecologically critical to Alaska, the US, and the world.
The Marine Biology concentration allows you to specialize in the biology and ecology of marine organisms and ecosystems. With the changes to ocean ecosystems from climate change and other human activity this is an emerging area critical to the future of ocean health, ecosystem services, and global food security.
The Fisheries concentration trains you to work in fisheries management, with an understanding of the science, regulatory framework and policy, and management in the industry. This concentration prepares you for jobs in all three sectors – science, agency management, and industry.
Earth and Climate
The Earth and Climate concentration prepares you to understand how the physical, chemical, and atmospheric processes of the Earth combine to shape geology, glacial and hydrological cycling, and global climate. Through coursework in Geomorphology, Weather and Climate, and Oceanography you’ll learn how connected these systems are in terrestrial, marine, and aquatic systems and how they drive our interactions with the planet.
If you’re interested in terrestrial ecosystems and organisms and how they function the Ecology concentration is for you. You’ll learn about ecosystem and organism structure and function, ecological interactions and communities, population biology, animal behavior, and the spatial distribution of plant and animal life.
The underlying structure of all scientific disciplines is mathematics, and the Applied Math concentration allows you to understand that structure at the most complex levels. If you want to pursue graduate work in Mathematics, Systems Modeling, or Engineering, or if you just love math, this concentration is for you.
Aquarium and Husbandry Science
Have you always wanted to work in an aquarium and care for animals in captivity? Then Aquarium and Husbandry Science is your ticket in! Learn to design and maintain aquarium systems, care for captive fish and invertebrates, and understand animal behavior. Participate in APU’s Scientific Diving Program for an opportunity to dive into the tanks at the Alaska SeaLife Center!
Students in other majors, including Outdoor Studies, Sustainability Studies, and Business, often supplement their degree with a Marine and Environmental Sciences, Environmental Policy, or Mathematics for Environmental Science minor.
Marine & Environmental Sciences
Mathematics for Environmental Science
Nick and Laura Giles Expedition Scholarship
To support the ongoing adventures of Alaska Pacific University Outdoor Studies and/or Marine and Environmental Sciences students.
Rusty Myers Memorial Scholarship
Full-time freshman, sophomore or junior in Marine and Environmental Science, GPA of 3.0 or higher, demonstrating financial need and a passion for Environmental Science
At-Sea Processors Association Scholarship*
Students studying fisheries-related fields (e.g. marine biology, fisheries ecology) or other subjects relevant to the seafood industry and in good academic standing
Institute & Program Area
Moving boldly, with curiosity and conviction – 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!
Our programs in Marine & Environmental Sciences will help you address the most pressing questions in marine biology, earth science, environmental science and climate 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 as well as other 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 a competitive job market or further study and research.