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College of Rural and Community Development


Minimum Requirements for Certificate: 30-32 credits

The ethnobotany certificate program involves interdisciplinary study of the role of native plants in indigenous cultures. Students will learn about native plants and their uses and ecology in the context of their cultural, social and economic importance by combining scientific and anthropological concepts and methods. The program emphasizes culturally relevant, place-based courses that highlight the ways this information contributes to other fields of study, such as cultural and natural resources management, community development, adaptive resilience, and human health. It is also designed to serve as a bridge to a variety of associate and baccalaureate programs in natural science and liberal arts.

This program may be especially of interest to individuals employed by or interested in employment with state, federal or tribal agencies or other local entities in rural Alaska which provide natural resource management services.

Admission requires a high school diploma or GED and interest in science-related fields. It is highly recommended that students have completed two high school lab-based science courses, preferably in biology, chemistry or physics.

Students whose ACT/SAT scores are not sufficient for placement into college-level courses must take the ASSET or ACCUPLACER test and be placed in the appropriate developmental-level course.


Minimum Requirements for Minor: 15 credits

The minor in ethnobotany allows students who have completed the ethnobotany certificate program the opportunity to continue their studies and earn a baccalaureate degree focused on the relationship of plants and humans. It also provides students who are not in the EBOT certificate program with the option of fitting ethnobotany courses into their current DANSRD or other baccalaureate program.