The Associate of Science degree in Environmental Science provides a broad and interdisciplinary approach to natural resource stewardship that emphasizes Anishinaabe environmental values and worldviews. The program includes hands-on field experiences with forests, water, wildlife, fish, and other natural resources as well as a foundation in social science disciplines that are critical for understanding human dimensions of environmental problems and solutions. Students collaborate with Tribal natural resource agency personnel, complete internships, and conduct original scientific research. Students completing the program are well-positioned for employment or for transfer to 4-year degree programs.
1. Explain the importance of the natural world in Anishinaabe culture.
2. Explain scientific principles pertinent to environmental science.
3. Explain social science concepts pertinent to environmental science.
4. Conduct environmental research relevant to tribal cultural values by applying the scientific process within indigenous scientific frameworks
5. Deliver a presentation developed from original research.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Dr. Andrew Kozich
Environmental Science Department Chair
Wabanung Campus – Room 303
General Education Requirements
College Success Elective (Choose LS103 or LS133) – 2 credits
EN102 College Composition I – 3 credits
EN202 College Composition II – 3 credits
Math Elective (Choose MA130 or MA201) – 4 credits
Humanities Elective (Choose ES218, ES219, or any humanities-designated course from a different subject area than the Anishinaabe Awareness elective) – 4 credits
Social Science Elective (Choose any non-ES social science-designated course) – 4 credits
Anishinaabe Awareness Elective (Choose AS102 or OS110) – 4 credits
Environmental Science Requirements
ES110 Introduction to Environmental Science – 4 credits
GS105 Introduction to Earth Science – 4 credits
ES216 Sustainability – 4 credits
Ecology Elective (Choose BI200 or BI206) – 4 credits
Applied Ecology Elective (Choose BI200, ES204, or ES209) – 4 credits
Wildlife Science Elective (Choose BI203 or BI205) – 4 credits
Plant Science Elective (Choose BI211 or ES121) – 4 credits
Environmental Social Science Elective (Choose ES125, ES158, or ES217) – 4 credits
Science Elective (Choose any BI or ES course, or IS110) – 3 credits
ES298 Internship – 1 credit
ES297 Capstone Seminar – 2 credits
Total Credits Required – 62 credits
Environmental Science Research
The KBOCC Environmental Science Department conducts grant-funded scholarly research and employs students as research assistants. Below are recent articles the department has published in peer-reviewed journals.
Walleye Ogaawag Spearing in the Portage Waterway, Michigan: Integrating Mixed Methodology for Insight on an Important Tribal Fishery
Authors: Andrew T. Kozich, Valoree S. Gagnon, Gene Mensch, Sophia Michels, Nicholas Gehring
Universities Council on Water Resources – Journal of Contemporary Water Research & Education – Issue 169, Pages 101-116, April 2020