770 N. Main St. L'Anse MI, 49946
(906) 524-8400

Environmental Science


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 independent research.


Dr. Andrew Kozich
Environmental Science Department Chair

(906) 524-8303
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
Anishinaabe Awareness Elective (Choose AS102 or OS110) – 4 credits

Environmental Science Requirements
ES110 Introduction to Environmental Science – 4 credits
ES121 Trees of the Upper Great Lakes – 4 credits
GS105 Introduction to Earth Science – 4 credits
BI206 Principles of Ecology – 4 credits
Applied Ecology Elective (Choose BI200, BI208, or ES204) – 4 credits
Wildlife Science Elective (Choose BI203 or BI205) – 4 credits
Environmental Social Science Elective (Choose ES158, ES216 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.

A Case Study of Non-Industrial Private Forest Management: Effects of a Selective Harvest on the Regeneration of a Mesic Northern Forest in Baraga County, Michigan 

Authors: Andrew T. Kozich, Stephanie Cree Kozich

Mellon Tribal College Research Journal – Volume 2

Climate Change and the Sacredness of Water in Native America: A Case Study in the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Michigan, USA

Author: Andrew T. Kozich

Tribal College and University Research Journal – Volume 1, Issue 1

Anishinaabe Perspectives on Water Resourches in Northern Michigan

Author: Andrew T. Kozich

Tribal College and University Research Journal

Perspectives on Water Resources among Anishinaabe and Non-Native Residents of the Great Lakes Region
Authors: Andrew T. Kozich, Kathleen E. Halvorsen, Alex S. Mayer

Universities Council on Water Resources – Journal of Contemporary Water Research & Education – Issue 163, Pages 94-108, April 2018

Climate Change Perspectives and Policy Support in a Great Lakes Anishinaabe Community

Authors: Andrew T. Kozich, Valoree S. Gognon, Gerald P. Jondreau, Erin E. Johnston, Trey A. Loonsfoot, Max L. Rivas

Tribal College and University Research Journal

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

Exploring Relationships Between Non-Human Relatives in Riparian Cedar Swamp Ecosystems of Baraga County, Michigan
Authors: Andrew T. Kozich, Carissa LaFernier, Sydni Voakes, Patrick LaPointe, Gene Mensch

Regeneration of Culturally-Significant Conifer Tree Species in the L’Anse Indian Reservation: Impacts From Herbivory by Deer (Waawaashkeshi)

Authors: Andrew T. Kozich, Gerald (Jerry Jondreau), John Lusty, Victoria Ripley

Tribal College and University Research Journal