Program Overview

UAS’s BIOL 493, “Oceanographic Expedition” and PS 493, “Political Ecology Expedition” provide students with an interdisciplinary experience as a team member of a kayaking expedition, immersing students in the extraordinary natural wilderness of Southeast Alaska. While traveling and camping in one of Southeast Alaska’s most beautiful fjords, enrolled students will learn wilderness skills which will give them greater confidence in planning their own outdoor excursions. Students and instructors will also reflect on the changing nature of the Southeast Alaska natural environment, and humans’ relationship to nature.

Program Highlights

Enrollment Deadlines

Open by registration form through April 20

New to UAS? See instruction for enrollment under the “How to Enroll” tab.

Health & Safety

The best way to achieve a healthy and safe wilderness study is to inform yourself about basic health and safety issues before leaving for an expedition. You should:


This program is compliant with UAS policies regarding COVID. Updates provided at the UAS Coronavirus information site. Common timelines for out of state visitors to quarantine can vary from 2-7 days. Visitors can find accommodations at UAS housing at the academic rate.