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Natural History of Alaska

A whales tale breaches the water.

Alaska is known for its spectacular scenery and wildlife. This field program, based in Anchorage and on the Kenai Peninsula, will introduce students to the geology, wildlife (terrestrial and marine), and impacts of climate change in south-central Alaska. Students will investigate conservation and management strategies employed in Alaska, in particular in relation to fisheries sustainability, and see examples of how humans have negatively impacted the environment. 

Admission is selective, and space is limited.


This program has been postponed until summer 2021.

Program Travel: Dates TBD

Courses will meet on the Texas State University campus in San Marcos six times during the first two weeks of the program (three times in week one and two times in week two) and one time after the trip in July 2021.

Orientation Meetings: Dates TBD

Course Meetings:  Dates TBD

Required:   Field trip to Alaska

Course Options 


Natural History of America



Marine Ecology and Conservation



3 Hours (1 Course) Undergraduate TBD
6 Hours (2 Courses) Undergraduate



Program Fee

Additional costs / program fee Cost TBD

Course tuition and program fee will be billed and paid through SBS Billing and Payment.

Important Covid-19 Information

All participants in Texas State Study in America programs adhere to the health guidelines in the Texas State University Roadmap, including the Health and Safety Measures and Student Roadmap page. The guidelines provided for protecting health and safety on campus also apply to field locations and travel in this Study in America program.

The field/travel portion of the program is subject to change and/or cancellation. If the field portion of the program is cancelled, course instruction will continue virtually, but Texas State Study in America will refund the additional program fee (not course tuition).

Applying to the Courses/Program

Important:  To ensure your place in this course/program you must complete the program application and then receive approval from Dr. Dutton.

Applications are not yet open for this program.

Registering for Courses

After applying for and being accepted into the program, you must also register for your course though the Student Information System/Catsweb during the regular University registration period.

For more information about the content of the course/program, please contact Dr. Jessica Dutton

For questions about appying/registering, please contact the Office of Distance and Extended Learning.

Kenai Fjords National Park entrance