Degrees and Programs
Northwest Campus offers access to academic degree programs, specialized programs and training, and other initiatives.

Northwest Campus is a community campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, as part of the College of Rural and Community Development, and cooperates with all Bering Strait regional partners to provide relevant programs and training opportunities.

Academic Programs PDF Print E-mail

Bringing Higher Education to Western Alaska

Northwest Campus instruction extends to students in all portions of Alaska through the College of Rural and Community Development distance schedule.

A Northwest campus student has the option to participate in a local course as well as the option of taking a course offered from any one of eight or more campuses by audio conference and/or Blackboard.

Some academic programs available through Northwest Campus and UAF are:

Other degrees available through sponsorship by Bering Strait regional partners are:

For a complete list of degrees, endorsements, and credentials available by distance from all University of Alaska campuses, check out University of Alaska Distance Learning.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 December 2016 14:07
High Latitude Range Management (HLRM) PDF Print E-mail
HLRM Flier Come earn either an Occupational Endorsement (13 credits) or a Certificate (31 credits) in High Latitude Range Management! The HLRM program is a part-time three-year program, including distance-delivered online courses and two-four intensive 6-9 day sessions annually. This program offers courses that are relevant to the Bering Strait region's residents; students will learn field-based techniques to identify, inventory, and monitor local plant and animal populations. Students will be trained in ecological concepts of sustained yield and resource management. Students will learn important reading, writing, mathematical, and human relation skills needed by entrepreneurs. This program has been brought together by local experts in ecological science, reindeer herding “masters”, and university faculty to prepare students for entry-level jobs in the fields of natural resource management and small business ownership. Topics in the program include, but are not limited to:

Food Security: access by all people at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life.

Environmental Health: a branch of public health concerned with all aspects of the natural and built environment affecting human health.

Sustainability: meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Natural Resources Management: management of natural resources such as land, water, soil, plants and animals, with a particular focus on how management affects the quality of life for both present and future generations (stewardship).

Entrepreneurship: With knowledge from the HLRM program you can work towards starting a business with a sustainable natural resource.

For more information contact the HLRM Program Assistant.
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Phone: 907-443-8400
Toll free: 1-800-478-2202 ext 8400


Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 October 2021 13:26
Nome Regional Nursing Program PDF Print E-mail

Interested in a nursing career?NWC Nursing Lab Get it in Nome!

Looking for a great career that pays well, offers lots of variety, and allows you to help people? Nursing might be for you!

The Bering Strait Region Health Consortium is working with the University of Alaska Anchorage to bring UAA’s nursing program to Nome. Students will be able to earn a nursing degree without having to move away from our region.

For more information, download brochure (PDF 1.1M)

Nursing Brochure

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 January 2019 12:15
Dual Credit Courses PDF Print E-mail

As a result of the direct partnership between Northwest Campus and the Northwestern Alaska Career and Technical Center (NACTEC), BSSD and NPS students participating with NACTEC programs can earn dual (high school and college) credit through certain offerings. Currently, dual credit will be awarded to students who successfully complete the following NACTEC classes:

Survival Swimming
1 cr.
Driver's Education
2 cr.
1-3 cr.
NCCER Core Curriculum
5 cr.
NCCER Carpentry I
6.5 cr.
Personal Care Attendant
4 cr.
Certified Nurse Assistant
6 cr.
Emergency Trauma Technician
3 cr.
Small Engine Repair
1 cr.
Early Childhood Education
1 cr.
Introduction to the Health Field
3 cr.

*NACTEC classes are for high school students only. Speak to your principal or guidance counselor, or contact NACTEC directly for a complete schedule, more information or to register at (907) 443-3507. Additional information can also be found online at

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 June 2013 07:55
Marine Advisory Program PDF Print E-mail

The Marine Advisory Program (MAP) is a university-based, statewide, outreach and technical assistance program designed to help Alaskans wisely develop, use, conserve, and enjoy Alaska's marine and coastal resources. MAP faculty members and staff provide informal marine education, offer technical assistance to coastal communities related to economic development, conduct applied research, and serve as a link between the University of Alaska and Alaska Sea Grant, and marine and freshwater resource users in many areas of the state not served by traditional faculty.

The Marine Advisory Program works to:

  • Broaden the opportunities of coastal residents through involvement in activities that diversify the community economic base such as marine recreation and tourism, shellfish mariculture, and direct marketing of seafood;
  • Enhance the value of the commercial fishing, shellfish mariculture, and seafood industries in Alaska through training and technical assistance; and
  • Contribute to the information base of Alaskans who are making decisions affecting the conservation of our marine resources, or who are dependent on them for traditional, cultural, recreational, or nutritional sustenance.

In a state as big as Alaska that is so dependent on the health of marine resources, it's critical that people can readily get information and technical assistance. MAP agents and specialists live and work in the communities they serve. The integration of MAP personnel with local communities provides for the efficient flow of information between the University of Alaska and the people.

The Marine Advisory Program (MAP) is part of the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Funding comes from the State of Alaska and the National Sea Grant College Program, a research, education, and outreach program in the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

For more information, please contact:

Gay Sheffield
Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program
School of Fisheries & Ocean Sciences
UAF | Northwest Campus
907-443-2397 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Automated Identification System (AIS) is here!

AIS is a method to track vessels at sea. NWC now has AIS at your disposal brought to you by Marine Traffic. To learn more about the Marine Traffic program or AIS, visit Marine Traffic FAQ. Take a look at the map and click to see what vessels are near Nome!

If you have any questions, please contact Gay Sheffield.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 June 2013 11:56
Cooperative Extension Service PDF Print E-mail

The UAF Cooperative Extension Service Mission is to interpret and extend relevant research-based knowledge in an understandable and usable form; and to encourage the application of this knowledge to solve the problems and meet the challenges that face the people of Alaska.

The Cooperative Extension Service is an outreach educational delivery system supported by a partnership between the United States Department of Agriculture and the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the College of Rural and Community Development.

The Cooperative Extension Service offers community programs through its network of district offices that cover topics in four main subject areas:

  • Home Economics
  • 4H and Youth Development
  • Land Resources
  • Community Development

rur-05-1511-074.jpgThe Northwest District is composed of Nome, 15 villages in the Bering Straits Region, Kotzebue and the 11 village that make up the Northwest Arctic Borough. The population of this region is 16,505 spread over an area of 80,000 square miles. The region is predominately Alaska Native (83%) with the majority of the remaining population primarily Caucasian. The region is subsistence oriented. It is also the center of the reindeer industry as well as a center for much of the state's mining. The economy of the region is based primarily on state and federal monies.

Classes offered through the Cooperative Extension Services in the region have included the following: Cold Climate Home building, Solar Power for Alaska, Gardening, Food Preservation, Food Safety, Child Development, Home Visiting Skills, Fitness, Nutrition, Health, Basic Prospecting, Global Positioning System, Meat Cutting and Experiential Learning.

The Northwest District Office of the Cooperative Extension Service is staffed by an Administrative Assistant and District Agent. The office is located to the north of Nagozruk Administration building, in the Community Outreach building.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 October 2016 08:05
Lifelong Learning PDF Print E-mail
As the primary provider of post-secondary education in the Bering Strait region, Northwest Campus offers a variety of lifelong learning and special interest courses to enrich the lives of western Alaskans. The campus also hosts academic and culturally-relevant public lectures to bring attention to various contemporary issues.

Most Northwest Campus special interest courses are led by adjunct instructors. Adjuncts add great diversity to Northwest Campus's list of course offerings. Our adjuncts have taught courses on a wide range of topics, including ceramics, photography, watercolor, Microsoft Excel and Word, emergency medical services, first aid, snowmachine maintenance and repair, welding, edible and medicinal plants, and various languages.

Northwest Campus continually solicits part-time adjuncts in all areas of expertise. In addition to Nome based offerings, adjuncts are frequently utilized to lead Northwest classes in regional villages.

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming an Adjunct Instructor through Northwest Campus, follow this link to learn more.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 April 2012 11:35
Adjunct Recruitment PDF Print E-mail

As the primary provider of post-secondary education in the Bering Strait region, Northwest Campus also offers a variety of special interest courses to enrich the lives of western Alaskans. Additionally, the campus frequently hosts academic and culturally relevant public lectures in efforts to bring attention to various contemporary issues.

mike_c_wmo.jpg The majority of our special interest courses are led by adjunct instructors. Adjuncts play a vital role for the campus in helping to add richness and diversity to our list of course offerings. In the past, adjunct-led courses have covered everything from the arts, to mechanics, to Middle Eastern studies. Some recent courses taught by adjuncts include ceramics, photography, watercolor, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word, EMS/first aid, car and small engine maintenance and various language classes among many others. Northwest Campus continually solicits part-time adjuncts in all areas of expertise. In addition to Nome-based offerings, adjuncts are frequently utilized to lead Northwest classes in regional villages.

If you have mastered a particular skill, art or discipline and are looking for a way to share it with the community, then we are looking for you. Anyone interested in becoming an adjunct is encouraged to contact the Instructional Services office at 443-8420 to learn more about teaching at Northwest Campus.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 April 2018 15:43

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