Journalism: Science and the Environment B.A.

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Minimum Requirements for Science and Environmental Journalism B.A.: 120 credits

Students must earn a C- grade or better in each course.

General University Requirements
Complete the general university requirements.
General Education Requirements
Complete the general education requirements.35-40
B.A. Degree Requirements
Complete the B.A. degree requirements.37
Journalism: Science and the Environment Program Requirements
Complete the following:
JOUR F101XMedia and Culture3
JOUR F201News Writing for the Media3
JOUR F207Audio Production3
JOUR F211If Einstein Were a Photographer3
JOUR F301Reporting Science3
JOUR F303Copy Editing3
JOUR F307Video Production3
JOUR F400Professional Internship3
JOUR F429Public Relations and Public Information in the Sciences3
JOUR F439Science Writing for Popular Media3
JOUR F490Journalism Capstone: Portfolio 10
Complete one of the following: 23
Media and the Environment
Seminar: Issues in Science and the Environment
Documentary Filmmaking
Complete two of the following: 26-7
Media and the Environment
Seminar: Issues in Science and the Environment
Northern and Environmental Literature
Advanced Digital Photography Portfolio
Documentary Filmmaking
Individual Study
Undergraduate Research
Geography of the Arctic and Circumpolar North
Fundamentals of Archaeology
Culture, Health and Healing
Circumpolar Archaeology
Beginnings in Microbiology
Biomedical and Research Ethics
Aquatic Food Web Ecology
Human Dimensions of Environmental Systems
Human-environment Research Methods
Environmental History
Fire, Ice, and the Fate of Humanity: A History of Energy and Climate Change
Principles of Sustainable Agriculture
Environmental Ethics and Actions
Environmental Law
U.S. Environmental Politics
International Law and the Environment
Political Economy of the Global Environment
Science, Technology and Politics
Comparative Environmental Politics
Environmental Psychology and Human Well-being
General Electives3-9
Total Credits120

Fulfills the baccalaureate capstone requirement.


Each course may satisfy only one requirement.

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Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.

  • This roadmap should be used in conjunction with regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor or mentor each semester.
  • Some courses and milestones must be completed in the semester listed to ensure timely graduation.
  • Transfer credit may change the roadmap.
  • Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.
  • Courses with (*) are recommended.
First Year
JOUR F101X203JOUR F211203
MATH F113X (*)63LS F101X151
WRTG F111X13General Education Requirement - Natural Sciences4
General Education Requirement - Arts3Degree Requirement - Humanities3
Complete one of the following:13Complete one of the following:13
 15 14
Second Year
JOUR F201203JOUR F30120,253
JOUR F207203General Education Requirement - Humanities3
General Education Requirement - Social Sciences3General Education Requirement - Social Sciences3
General Education Requirement - Natural Sciences4General Education Requirement - Additional Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences3
Degree Requirement - Social Sciences3Degree Requirement - Alaska Native-themed3
 16 15
Third Year
JOUR F30320,253JOUR F205, F391, or F480203
Degree Requirement - Ethics + Upper Division3Degree Requirement - Humanities or Social Sciences - Upper Division3
Degree Requirement - Humanities3Program Requirement3
Degree Requirement - Humanities or Social Sciences3Minor Course3
Minor Course3Minor Course3
 15 15
Fourth Year
JOUR F30720,253JOUR F42920,253
JOUR F40020,253JOUR F43920,253
Degree Requirement - Social Sciences -Upper Division3JOUR F49020,21,250
Program Requirement - Upper Division3Minor Course - Upper Division3
Minor Course3General Elective - Upper Division3
 General Elective - Upper Division3
 15 15
Total Credits 120

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Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes are measurable statements that describe knowledge or skills achieved by students upon completion of the program.

Students graduating from this program will be able to:

  • Interpret complicated science and environmental issues for news consumers
  • Demonstrate a deep understanding of AP Style, journalistic ethics and news writing principles and practices
  • Collect information using a variety of methods and use it to create compelling stories for all forms of media
  • Revise and edit their own work as well as the work of others