Increase knowledge of environmental science and policy that shape northern regions and apply it in the lab and in field settings inside and outside of Alaska.
Develop the skills for scientific research and publication while you are still in school through collaboration on real-world projects with your faculty.
Graduate with an original, publishable thesis project, a professional network and the experience for a career in the environmental science field of your choosing.
The Master of Science in Environmental Science (MSES) is a great option for those seeking careers in the natural sciences as well as working professionals seeking a degree to advance in their workplace and in their career. Work with your faculty advisor to identify your goals and create an individualized program of courses and field experiences to achieve them. The Environmental Science faculty is pursuing a broad range of projects across the sciences. You will work closely with faculty whose research programs and interests align with your own. This program welcomes part-time students.
examines various perspectives and philosophies concerning the natural environment and resource utilization are explored in order to give the student a basis to develop his or her own ethical perspective. The human factor in addressing natural resource issues is emphasized.
is a field-oriented block course that explores the ecology of a tropical region. Emphasis on the structure, function, and biodiversity of natural ecosystems, but logging, agriculture, sustainable development, and conservation are also discussed. This course requires difficult and uncomfortable travel through underdeveloped rural and wilderness areas by minibus, boat, and foot.
Introduction to Remote Sensing
introduces students to the principles and techniques necessary for applying remote sensing to diverse issues within environmental science. The course emphasizes a hands-on learning environment with theoretical and conceptual aspects of satellite remote sensing.
I like the flexibility of the program and how hands-on the projects are. I like that APU is a small community. You know all your classmates and professors and they know you, too. I like that there have been opportunities for me to do the things that I’m interested in, like science diving and taking care of the aquariums. -Anne Benolkin, Master of Science, Environmental Science, 2015
Yukon Delta Fisheries Development Association
Full-time undergraduate and graduate students from Alakanuak, Emmonak, Grayling, Kotlik, Mountain Village and Nunam Iqua, GPA of 2.5 or higher, awarded through Yukon Delta Fisheries Development Association
Saltchuk Alaska Scholarship Program
Full-time undergraduate or part-time graduate Alaskan residents in communities where Saltchuk operates, GPA of 3.0 or higher
Cook Inlet Region Inc. Scholarship Fund*
Full-time students who are CIRI shareholders
William Randolph Hearst Alaska Native Scholarship*
Full-time Alaska Native or Native American students
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.