Environmental Science & Research

For More Information Contact

Jeremy Guinn, PhD
Department Chair
Email: jguinn@uttc.edu
Phone:701.255.3285 Ext. 1458

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The Tribal Environmental Science (TES) department offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) and Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Environmental Science & Research. 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.

Job Projections

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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.

Job Projections

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AAS Environmental Science & Research Core Courses (38 Credits)

Environmental Science & Research AAS Degree Plan

Course Offerings

BS Environmental Science & Research Core Courses (61 Credits)

Environmental Science & Research BS Degree Plan

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
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 Plant 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* Genomics 3
BIO 499* Special Topics 2
*Concentration Electives offered every other year


Jeremy Guinn

Jeremy Guinn, PhD, Chair
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.

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
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
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 vacation to see famous castles; collect Victorian buttons, hat pins, shoes and millinery; and play in my garden. 

Levi Binstock

Levi Binstock, BS
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
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. 

Mandy Guinn

Paul Pansegrau, PhD
701.255.3285 Ext. 1329

Dr. Pansegrau obtained his B.Sc. in chemistry from the University of North Dakota in 1981.  He then pursued graduate studies at Colorado State University, obtaining a Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 1985.  Post-doctoral studies were conducted at Ohio State University.  Dr. Pansegrau began a career in industry in 1987, working for Monsanto, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Dakota Gasification Company.  Project areas included pure and basic research into herbicides, pharmaceutical agents, fine chemicals, chemical processes, and emission control units.  Dr. Pansegrau contributed to the successful commercialization of three products, Taxol®, Ifetroban®, and Dimension® turf herbicide during his industrial career.  Dr. Pansegrau also conducted research at the Energy and Environmental Research Center at the University of North Dakota in the areas of renewable fuels, fertilizers and chemicals.  Dr. Pansegrau spent 5 years as an environmental consultant assisting clients developing energy infrastructure projects in North Dakota.

Research interests include green chemical processes, renewable chemistry, and environmental protection and remediation.