Alaska has a long history of human exploration and exploitation, which creates ongoing conflicts based on scientific findings that may conflict with policies and practices adopted by government and industry. From threats to major fisheries, the lingering effects of the Exxon Valdez accident, and the accelerating changes associated with a warming climate, there are numerous opportunities to see the impacts first-hand and consider more sustainable options for future growth and development. The expansiveness of the 49th state and its multi-cultural history also present a unique opportunity to understand the difficulties of providing quality health care to a highly diverse population.
Health and emergency evacuation insurance (International Programs Only)
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Dr. Cooper's research interests are centered around understanding the diversity, evolution, and physiological ecology of eukaryotic algae (diatoms) and their neighboring microbes in freshwater ecosystems.
Group Travel Required
Travel together with faculty, staff and other participants from your CCSA program with our group travel. CCSA will purchase a airline ticket from select U.S. cities on your behalf. The airline cost will be included in your final bill from CCSA. In addition to the flight, you will also receive transport to/from the accommodation in the destination city and the airport.
You can check our currently available departure cities on our departures page CCSA highly recommends this option for those new to international travel.
$150 Early Application Fee Deadline February 09, 2024 (Early App Fee of $150 includes a $100 discount) (App Fee increases to $250 after Early Application Deadline)Scholarships: See our scholarships page
Biology / Earth & Environmental Science
When Science and Society Collide: Case Studies from Alaska
Course Description: This class introduces students to historical and current conflicts in Alaska related to energy exploration, climate change, health care, and economic development -- and the role of science in informing decision-making. Discover the rich history of Alaskan cultures and the challenges for meeting societal needs in a sustainable manner. Ecological changes will be examined through field trips to glaciers in retreat, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, salmon fisheries, the protected wilderness of Denali National Park, and earthquake sites. Students will gain insights into sustainable options for future growth and development and explore issues related to health care delivery to native Alaskan populations.
Prerequisite: Any introductory college biology, environmental science or geology course or consent of instructor. (add Pre-admission meeting) Students intending to enroll in this course are expected to meet with the instructor prior to the CCSA deadline for full refunds (https://ccsa.cc/cancellation.php) to ensure they understand the physical requirements of the course and the rigors of wilderness camping. Zoom meetings can be arranged for students unable to meet at Northern Kentucky University.