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Environment and Society B.S.

  • Students working on a research project outside in the winter

    Environment and Society B.S.

    Explore the complex relationships between people and environments while developing skills and tools to improve these relationships personally, professionally and globally.

Explore the environment and society bachelor’s degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage

Providing a strong background in social, biophysical and spatial sciences, UAA’s B.S. program in environment and society offers a diverse, liberal arts education with a focus on natural resources and living systems.

Environment and society scholarships and financial aid
From college and leadership scholarships to tuition stipends and military student aid, UAA offers incredible resources to help you pay for college. Visit the UAA Office of Financial Aid to learn more.

Career preparation
Developing marketable job skills, such as MEPA-related, field-based, GIS and public science writing skills, UAA’s environmental studies program is committed to helping you build a career in a related field of study. For example, team-based assessments and e-portfolios help you demonstrate skills, results and professional growth to potential employers.

Flexible options
A growing number of online classes in geography and environmental studies are available. You can also take courses through distance delivery at the Eagle River and Kenai Peninsula satellite campuses. Classes that aren’t offered online or remotely provide hands-on, collaborative coursework at UAA’s Anchorage campus.

Student advising
With help from an academic advisor, you can petition to earn credit for classes from other departments.

Environment and Society B.S.

Degree Type:

  • Baccalaureate

Concentration: Geology, social science, spatial science, biology

Program Length: Four Years

Availability:Anchorage campus

Other program options: Minor in environmental studies

Did you know..

Environment and society faculty member Audrey Taylor was elected board president of the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States and is currently serving a two-year term that started in January 2018.

What can you do with an environmental degree from UAA?

Graduate school and career opportunities for environmental studies majors vary widely depending on your interests.

Environmental graduate programs

  • M.S. in environmental science
  • M.S. in biological sciences
  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Master of Public Health
  • M.S. in clinical psychology

Environmental careers
From the oil and fishing industries to government and military service, UAA Environment and Society alumni have found jobs in a variety of fields, such as:

  • Fieldwork and scientific research
  • GIS
  • Agriculture
  • Environmental advocacy
  • Policy setting and analysis
  • Education
  • Urban and resource planning

Environment and society bachelor’s degree program highlights

Learn to identify, devise and communicate scientific solutions to some of the world’s most common problems, such as global health, food subsistence, climate change, mining and oil.

  • Learn from and network with professionals in class and at special events. They answer questions and help you understand the skills you need to work in the field.
  • Take hands-on courses in the classroom and in the field. You will learn valuable outdoor skills that help with exploration and research.
  • Complete an internship for practical work experience. UAA engages with community partners who provide opportunities for you to participate in real-world work and research that result in a tangible product to show future employers.
  • Conduct experiments and research in classrooms, labs and field locations. Partnering with other departments and programs across campus, the UAA Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences provides opportunities for undergraduate research in all classes.
  • Learn from faculty who are deeply experienced and well connected in their fields. Program faculty have earned various honors and awards for their commitment to undergraduate research and teaching. As board members, peer reviewers, conference organizers and more, they provide a network of opportunities for you, including internships, service projects and jobs.
  • Practice and research in state-of-the-art facilities with advanced technology and equipment. UAA houses a wet lab with water quality equipment, air quality equipment, radiotelemetry, GPS units and more. You also have access to advanced GIS resources, including 18 computers with GIS and mapping software.

Amazing stories from environmental studies majors

The Environment and Society Department not only provided me with the knowledge to compete with other STEM students across the nation, but it also provided me with phenomenal professors that mentored me to an accelerated career path as an environmental scientist.

Tess Forstner
B.S. Environment and Society ’15; Former Field Biologist, U.S Geological Survey; Graduate Student, Simon Fraser University
A student writes on a piece of paper during STEM Day

A collaboration between UAA’s science departments and related programs and offices, the annual STEM Day offers K–12 students free, hands-on activities, from lab demonstrations to planetarium shows to Baja car races, on the Anchorage campus.

UAA STEM Day
Students working on a research project in a lab

Integrating service learning, reflection and critical thinking into program coursework, UAA’s Geography and Environmental Studies Department partners with the Center to identify projects and other academic opportunities for students.

Two students working on a project in a large lab space

Collaborating with the Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S., the Anchorage Museum and the Institute of the North, UAA co-hosted an event to share research and activities among the Anchorage-area Arctic research community and build new connections.

Environment and society bachelor’s degree program curriculum

With an emphasis on community engagement and learning,
the B.S. in environment and society improves your environmental literacy to help you become a more informed, responsible and active member of your community.

You will also take five classes in one of four areas of concentration to specialize your degree and work toward a career in geology, social science, spatial science or biology.

Top classes for environmental studies majors

  • Use basic research equipment and practices to prepare to work in outdoor environments in Field Methods.
  • Build your resume, set career goals and showcase your work in Professional Preparation in Environmental Fields I and II.
  • Complete an interdisciplinary, immersive project for a federal or state agency while engaging with the community and networking with professionals in Capstone.