So what does the Alaska “lab” have to Offer?

Atmospheric Science

Atmospheric Science

Studying the arctic and subarctic atmospheres has captured the attention of many scientists as they try to figure out how climate change and the melting of sea ice will affect the cycling of chemicals and elements. Scientist also study the aurora borealis and the other different levels of the atmosphere.

Biology & Wildlife

Biology & Wildlife

For students interested in wildlife ecology and natural resource management, Alaska has it all. It has vast stretches of wilderness, charismatic megafauna like polar bears and a variety of habitats. Students can learn about animal behavior or explore the Alaska on the microscopic scale. In terms of health sciences, we have several professors who are studying health in rural communities and how the health of people, the planet and wildlife all interrelate.

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Since all of Alaska and the people living in it are made of elements, it stands to reason that the whole of Alaska provides a large scientific playground for chemists. We have professors who are studying Alaska’s chemistry through mineral extraction, in how carbon moves through the environment and in how mercury is deposited from the atmosphere

Geology & Geophysics

Geology & Geophysics

Of the 20 highest peaks in the United States, 17 are in Alaska. Mt. McKinley, the highest peak in North America, is 20,320 ft. above sea level.

Mathematics and Statistics

Mathematics and Statistics

Mathematicians and statisticians are also connected to Alaska. Many work with national parks or other federal and state natural resource agencies to help them understand and interpret their data. In fact a student studying statistics has a great opportunity to land a job in Alaska at a natural resource agency.

Physics Phenonona Amazes

Physics Phenonona Amazes

Not only is the aurora borealis amazing, but our scientists are also studying it by sending sounding rockets into the atmosphere. Since physics is about how the world works, studying how the complex “Alaska” works is exciting.

Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary students have an opportunity to study in a state with unique wildlife and communities that still subsist on the land and depend on hunting and fishing as a major supplement to their food. Veterinary students interested in going into research can work with veterinary professors who study environmental toxicity and wildlife disease.

Our Laboratory is 1/5 the Size of the Lower 48

CNSM classes and research can bring you to places that most people in the world never get to see – the wilderness nooks and crannies of majestic splendor. Our college helps undergraduate and graduate students connect with one of the greatest natural resources in the world – Alaska.

Alaska is a Natural Laboratory

Being in the heart of Alaska means abundant opportunities for students to take their education outside the classroom. Wherever we can, we use Alaska’s unique position in the Arctic, it’s bountiful wilderness and its diverse landscape as a laboratory that none other can rival.

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