Alaska Experience

July 29, 2024 —August 08, 2024

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.

Program Package

  • Accommodations
  • Course-related activities and entrances fees
  • Additional cultural program excursions
  • Health and emergency evacuation insurance (International Programs Only)
  • On-Site Director's and staff on-site 24/7

CCSA Central Office

Contact Information

Kara Arvin - Applications

Nate Addington - Payments

Denise Knisely - Travel

Joshua Cooper

On-Site Director

No Photo Submitted 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.

  • roundtrip air transportation from one of CCSA's designated U.S. departure cities.
  • roundtrip ground transportation between airport and the accommodation site.
  • CCSA faculty and staff to guide you through the immigration and customs process.
* All prices are estimates based on prior programs. Final pricing will be published on the CCSA website by the first payment deadline.


Not required for U.S. citizens for less than a 3-month stay. Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for obtaining a visa as needed.

Program Dates
July 29, 2024 —August 08, 2024

Base Price
$3,599 - $3,999*
(*price will be determined by application deadline)

Estimated Airfare
$1,071 - $1,171
(estimated additional cost based on recent airline prices)

Payment Process
See our payments page
Enrollment Status: OPEN

Regular Application Deadline
February 23, 2024
App Fee Currently $250

Courses Offered

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.
Dr. Christine Curran | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U/H
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