As with all SKC academic programs, the Environmental Sciences degree uses the foundations of culture, communication, critical thinking and citizenship as the basis for its program. This degree provides students a broad-based scientific education interwoven with cultural elements. After gaining a basic and technical understanding of resource issues at the two-year level, students proceeding on to the 4-year degree will achieve a greater theoretical and conceptual understanding of natural resource management in a number of areas. The program offers the flexibility to concentrate more in animal or plant science areas depending on the interests of the student. Students completing the bachelor’s degree are required to complete an undergraduate thesis that demonstrates all the knowledge they have gained in their undergraduate education. Upon completion of the Bachelor’s degree, students are prepared for a variety of natural resource careers or for graduate school.
Upon completion of the Associate of Science degree in Environmental Sciences, students will:
- Explain the presence and distribution of natural resources based on a basic understanding of biological and physical sciences.
- Demonstrate basic technical skills required in environmental measurement and monitoring.
- Design a study of a natural resource management issue using appropriate field and data analysis techniques.
- Record and communicate information about natural resources on reservation lands.
- Use critical thinking methods in analyzing and responding to environmental and resource issues.
Requirements for Bachelor of Science Degree
A student must receive a “C” or better in all required courses while maintaining an overall grade point average of 2.0 to graduate. Students transferring to the BS program after completing an Associate of Science degree in resource-related program at another tribal college may substitute equivalent courses within the first two years of the degree plan. Students must have completed all basic math and sciences courses. Although students will be introduced to a broad range of techniques and concepts, each student may specialize through his/her choice of electives offered, field problems and internship. For the Associate’s Degree, students must complete 13 credits of lower division (100- and 200-level) emphasis electives, and for the Bachelor’s degree, students must complete an additional 12 credits of upper division (300- and 400-level) emphasis electives (see lists).
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Sciences, a student will, in addition to the goals listed for the Associate of Science, be able to:
- Demonstrate broad-based theoretical and technological knowledge of environmental and resource sciences.
- Demonstrate cultural literacy and a knowledge base of the role of the natural world in tribal life, and develop an approach to environmental research and management that honors a tribe’s cultural values.
- Compare and contrast the economic and political systems of Native American governments with those agencies that interact with reservations.
- Research a natural resource issue, and report the findings in written and oral form