The Tribal Environmental Science (TES) department offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) and Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Environmental Science & Research and an Associate degree in Pre-engineering.  We focus on providing students with the skills necessary for careers in environmental fields and going on to graduate school in science fields.  

Environmental Science recognizes that the challenges facing the world today are bigger than just one field of Science and that by studying the connections between fields, we can begin to make be a more sustainable society.  

The department offers degrees which are in line with other programs in the state, making it easy for students to transfer seamlessly to other institutions.  Students have the opportunity to compete in national competitions across the country, networking with other students and scientists from a various companies, agencies, and institutions.  

Environmental Science & Research AAS Degree

Environmental Science provides students with a well-rounded foundation in Biology, Chemistry, Range Management, and Geology.  Students use research investigations to learn core concepts and develop skills for addressing environmental issues in their own communities.

Students are provided the opportunity to work closely with state, federal, and Tribal agencies (many of which have regional offices in Bismarck) on research projects of their choosing.  Students entering the program should have a good background in math and science or a strong desire to learn math and science concepts in a fun and hands-on atmosphere.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Environmental Science & Research AAS degree program will:

  1. Identify various factors from different disciplines that impact environmental issues.
  2. Execute introductory research to address an environmental issue.
  3. Employ the scientific communication format to present projects.
  4. Articulate the benefits of collaboration and professional networks.

 


Environmental Science & Research BS Degree

Students in the BS program will receive advanced training in one of two concentrations: Ecology & Conservation Biology or Molecular Biology.  Graduates from the program work in EPA, water resources, and Game & Fish departments, environmental consulting firms, private industry, or move on to higher degrees in Biology, Natural Resource Management, Conservation Sciences, or Wildlife Biology.  

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Environmental Science & Research BS degree program will:

  1. Operate independently.
  2. Mitigate sources of risks or hazards in the work environment
  3. Exhibit professionalism.
  4. Explain the legal structure for environmental regulations
  5. Employ critical thinking

 

Pre-Engineering

Click here to learn more about the Pre-Engineering AAS Degree.


For More Information Contact:
Jeremy Guinn, PhD
Department Chair
Email: jguinn@uttc.edu
Phone:701.255.3285 Ext. 1458
www.facebook.com/UTTCTES

Curriculum

AAS Environmental Science & Research Core Courses (38 Credits)

Environmental Science & Research AAS Degree Plan

  • BIO 124   3cr. Environmental Science
  • BIO 151   4cr. General Biology I/II and Lab  
  • BIO 230   4cr. Ecology  
  • CHM 122 4cr. General Chemistry I/II and Labs
  • GEO 105 4cr.  Physical Geology
  • GIS 105   3cr.  Intro to GIS
  • MTH 210 3cr. Elementary Statistics
  • TES 222   3cr. Environmental Law & Conservation Programs
  • TES 199   1cr. Intro to Scientific Literature
  • TES 290-292   3cr. Environmental Seminar
  • TES 293-298   6cr. Environmental Research

Course Offerings

Course Code Course Description Credits
Fall Offerings
BIO 124 Environmental Science 3
BIO 230 Ecology 4
GIS 105 Intro to GIS 3
TES 199 Intro to Scientific Lit 1
TES 291 Environmental Seminar 1
TES 293 Environmental Research 3
Spring Offerings
GEO 105 Physical Geology w/Lab 4
TES 199 Intro to Scientific Lit 1
TES 222 Environmental Law and Conservation Programs 3
TES 291 Environmental Seminar 1
TES 293 Enviromental Research 3

BS Environmental Science & Research Core Courses (61 Credits)

Environmental Science & Research BS Degree Plan

  • BIO 124   3cr. Environmental Science
  • BIO 151   4cr. General Biology I/II and Lab  
  • BIO 230   4cr. Ecology  
  • CHM 122 4cr. General Chemistry I/II and Labs
  • GEO 105 4cr.  Physical Geology
  • GIS 105   3cr.  Intro to GIS
  • MTH 210 3cr. Elementary Statistics
  • TES 222   3cr. Environmental Law & Conservation Programs
  • TES 199   1cr. Intro to Scientific Literature
  • TES 290-292   3cr. Environmental Seminar
  • BIO 312 3cr. Evolution
  • CHM 341 4cr. Organic Chemistry
  • CHM 360 4cr. Biochemistry
  • MTH 342 3cr. Env. Research Statistics
  • PHY 211  4cr. College Physics
  • SOI 210 4cr. Intro to Soil Science
  • TES 490-492 3cr. Senior Seminar I-III
  • TES 493-498 6cr. Senior Research I-VI

Ecology & Conservation Concentration (21 Credits)

  • BIO 315 3cr. Intro to Genetics
  • BIO 320 3cr. Botany & Plant Systematics
  • BIO 431 4cr. Wildlife Management & Restoration
  • TES 410 3cr. Environmental Regulations

Plus eight additional elective credits

Cellular Biology Concentration (21 Credits)

  • BIO 203 4cr. Medical Microbiology
  • BIO 315 3cr. Intro to Genetics
  • BIO 316 3cr. Advanced Genetics
  • BIO 460 3cr. Advanced Cell Biology

Course Offerings

Course Code Course Description Credits
Fall Offerings
BIO 312 Evolution 3
BIO 315 Intro to Genetics 3
CHM 341 Organic Chemistry w/Lab 4
SOI 210 Intro to Soil Science w/Lab 4
TES 493 Senior Research 3
TES 491 Environmental Seminar 1
BIO 320* Botany and Plany Systematics 3
BIO 431* Wildlife Management & Restoration w/Lab 4
BIO 336* Mycology 3
Spring Offerings
BIO 203 Microbiology w/Lab 4
BIO 316 Advanced Genetics 3
MTH 342 Environmental Research Statistics 3
BIO 410 Environmental Regulations 3
BIO 460 Advanced Cell Biology 3
CHM 360 Biochemistry w/Lab 4
TES 491 Seminar 1
TES 493 Senior Research 3
TES 256* Intro to Range Management 3
TES 260* Environmental Sampling 3
BIO 415* Fenomics 3
BIO 499* Special Topics 2
*Concentration Electives offered every other year

*Concentration Electives offered every other year


Faculty

Jeremy Guinn

Jeremy Guinn, PhD, Chair
jguinn@uttc.edu
701.255.3285 ext. 1458

Classes:  Wildlife Management and Conservation, Intro to Scientific Literature, Research Courses

Professional or Research Interests: Trained as a wildlife biologist with a focus on predatory birds (hawks and eagles).  Currently conducting a study of urban coyotes in Bismarck.  I am interested in how wild animals (especially predators) are effected by human presence and habitat alterations.  I enjoy using advanced technology to observe wildlife activity ap>

Training: PhD Zoology, North Dakota State University; MS Biology, Western Illinois University; BS Biology, Bridgewater College; AA Native American Studies, Sitting Bull College.

Personal Interests: I have way too many hobbies, from hunting and tinkering on metal art projects to writing fiction and wildlife photography.  I enjoy spending time with my family, especially outdoors, and sports of all kinds.     

 

Derek Schulte

Derek Schulte, BS, Math Instructor
dschulte@uttc.edu
701.255.3285 Ext. 1495

Classes:  Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Elementary Statistics, Calculus I,II, and III

Professional or Research Interests:  I am interested in number theory and the history of mathematics.  I also have an interest in math education, understanding how everyone from elementary age to adulthood learns math and constructs their perceptions of what mathematics is.

Training:  BS Mathematics, University of North Dakota

Personal Interests:  Most of my spare time is spent playing with my three young children or reading an eclectic variety of books.  I also like to run, either fast or far but not both at the same time, and every summer I look forward to the challenge of growing vegetables in my small garden.

Julie Stock-Porter

Julie Stock-Porter, BS, Human Biology
jstockporter@uttc.edu
701.255.3285 Ext. 1408

Classes:  Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, and Cell Biology

Professional or Research Interests:  I have worked in industry and the private sector, managing labs and researching alternatives to chemical pesticides/insecticides using various trains of fungi.  I also worked in research on the Hantavirus and initial Taxol investigation.  I am most interested in how human cells function in healthy individuals and what mechanisms cause them to malfunction into unhealthy systems. 

Training:  BS Biology, Montana State University; BS Biochemistry, Montana State University; completing MS in Cellular Biology/Physiology, University of Saint Joseph, Connecticut.

Personal Interests:  I am co-owner of an exotic bird aviary and provide various species nationwide; I enjoy designing and creating dolls; love to vaction to see famous castles; collect Victorian buttons, hat pins, shoes and millinery; and play in my garden. 

Alexa Azure

Alexa Azure, MS, Engineering
aazure@uttc.edu
701.255.3285 Ext. 1395

Classes:  Introduction to Engineering, Statics, Dynamics, Physics I, Physics II, Physical Science and Lab

Professional or Research Interests:  Previous research has included an ecological risk assessment of a January 2015 brine spill in western North Dakota (Master's professional paper).  As an undergraduate, I conducted various analyses of biofuel byproducts (Braegelmann, M.P., Azure A.D., Stahl, D., Kubpáp, A., Seames, W.S., and Tande, B.M. "Extraction of Fatty Acids from Noncatalytically Cracked Triacylglycerides Using Aqueous Amines". Separation Science and Technology. 2011, 46(14)2167-2173.).

Additionally, I conducted and assisted with research pertaining to genetic variations of blue orchard bees and flea beetles at the ARS station in Fargo, North Dakota and anaimal science research (impacts of tannin on weight gain and fitness in cattle) at the ARS station in Mandan, North Dakota.

Current interests include water quality, engineering topics related to clean energy and sustainability, and discovering ways to engage and recruit Native American students to the engineering and science fields.

Training:  MS Land Resources and Environmental Science, Montana State University-Bozeman; BS Chemical Engineering (Math Minor), University of North Dakota; Tribal Environmental Science AAS, United Tribes Technical College; Art/Art Marketing Fine Arts AAS, United Tribes Technical College. 

Personal Interests:  Reading, learning, art, frisbee golfing, biking, racquetball, traveling, exploring, movies, friends & family

Levi Binstock

Levi Binstock, BS
lbinstock@uttc.edu
701.255.3285 Ext. 1349

Classes: Intro to Soils, Intro to Botany and Plant Systematics, General Ecology, Field Sampling Techniques, Intro to Geographic Information Systems, Earth Science

Research Interests: I am interested in rangeland systems ecology and the interactions between grazing wildlife and livestock, and the affects they have upon plant species composition, productivity, and sustainability.

Training: BS Animal and Range Science, North Dakota State University; Certified GIS Technician, Bismarck State College 

Personal Interests: I enjoy spending time with my family, playing hockey, building and driving old hot rod cars and pickups, and exploring

Mandy Guinn

Mandy Guinn, MS
mguinn@uttc.edu
701.255.3285 Ext. 1322

Classes:  Biology, Chemistry, Genetics, Research

Research Interests:  I am interested in better understanding North Dakota Bat Ecology as it relates to agro-economics and basic biology.  Over the past several years, we have worked on projects ranging from understanding bat behavior in communal roosts, to hybridization between bat species, to determining bat diet. 

Training:  MS Biology, University of Nebraska-Kearney; BS Biology, Concordia College (Moorhead); BS German, Concordia College (Moorhead)

Personal Interests:  I enjoy spending time with my two boys and learning new things.