In the Samoan archipelago:

 

Polynesian culture resides in sustainable harmony with the ocean, coral reef and the rainforest.

 

At APU, environmental science education balances human needs with ecological preservation.

 

Dean's Message

Welcome to 
American Pacific University's Environmental Study Program


American Pacific University's environmental education curriculum embraces Polynesia's 4,000 year old cultural heritage respecting nature and her fruits.

 

At APU, these cultural practices are woven into the environmental curriculum in ways that define biodiversity as life giving, protective, symbiotic and mutually adaptive.

 

APU's blend of science, research and culture brings knowledge of nature's life supportive energy to students previously unaware of the biological connections between the plant, aquatic, animal and human worlds.

 

Academically known as "ethnobotany", the Polynesian practice of taking from nature what is necessary for survival and nothing more is deeply ingrained into generational sustenance and preservation.

 

APU's environmental curriculum bridges age old wisdom about the natural world with modern scientific themes of understanding, protection and preservation of the fragile world we inhabit.

 

 

LIVING LABORATORY

 

American Samoa, the U.S. Territory located in the heart of Polynesia, is a living laboratory for environmental study and research.

 

The main islands of Tutuila and Manu'a are home to rich and diverse coral reefs, ocean resources, luxuriant rainforests and abundant wildlife.

 

The National Park Service's only tropical rainforest  park occupies portions of both islands.

 

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration oversees America's largest marine sanctuary comprising more than 13,000 square miles of ocean, coral reefs, atolls and volcanic islands.

 

Those environmental resources are the subjects of more than one thousand peer and jury reviewed academic papers archived in Google Scholar.

 

 

TO UNDERSTAND NATURE

 

Students enrolled in the American Pacific University learn to understand nature not only through the lens of science but also through the perspective eye of  Polynesian culture where environmental sustainability and preservation are the keys to present and future life.

 

                                            American Pacific University
                                              President
                                              John Wasko

 

 

 

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