What We Do
Each fall, the University of Alaska Anchorage's Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College located in Homer, Alaska, offers students from around the country the opportunity for an academic hands-on learning experience studying biological sciences with easy access to cold-water marine habitats. A selection of upper division biology courses are offered along with others with an Alaskan theme. The semester has been designed to meet the needs of students majoring in the natural sciences in a creative and adventurous way.
Our Amazing Bay
Kachemak Bay is one of the richest marine estuaries in the world. Charismatic species such as sea otters, killer and humpback whales, bald eagles, puffins, jellies, halibut, and salmon utilize the waters and coastal environments of Kachemak Bay. Students are immersed with these and other species, such as beluga whales, during hands-on labs and field trips conducted throughout the semester here in Kachemak Bay and the surrounding waters of Cook Inlet.
About Our Town
Homer, Alaska is an area alive with opportunities for diverse outdoor adventures and is home to a vibrant art community. Homer is one of the top small art and cultural towns in the U.S. and a recreational and maritime center of Alaska. Located on the shores of Kachemak Bay, Homer offers breathtaking views of glaciers, mountains and wildlife. With an area population of 14,000,
Kachemak Bay Campus
About Our Campus
University of Alaska Anchorage's Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College is located on 3 acres in the coastal community of Homer, Alaska on the shores of Kachemak Bay, overlooking a vista of glacier-capped mountains. The campus offers a wide variety of degree and continuing education courses and programs of excellence in a friendly, personalized setting.
What do our students say?
"Spending a semester in Homer, Alaska was one of
the best academic decisions I have made. Not only were the class sizes
small, we were constantly having class out in Kachemak Bay, learning
research techniques used by marine biologists and ornithologists.
"KBC's Semester by the Bay program reignited my passion for the ocean and for learning. The knowledge, skills, experiences, connections, friendships, and sense of independence that I gained were once in a lifetime and incomparable to what I was getting out of my 4-year college. It became home, and I cannot wait to get back."
"I was welcomed by all the professors and advisors at the campus and really by the whole town. Homer is a friendly town in general and if you stay long enough everyone gets to know your name."
Students must check with the financial aid office at their parent institution to determine if they will be eligible to receive federally-based aid while attending KBC. Your financial aid office will want to know that Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on colleges and Universities and is Title IV eligible. KPC's federal OPE ID is: 011402, University of Alaska Anchorage. It is the student's responsibility to make sure that attending a different university for a semester will not violate the admission's policy at the parent institution.
National Student Exchange
The University of Alaska Anchorage's Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College is a participating member of the National Student Exchange, a program for undergraduate exchange within the United States. Interested students must contact their home university for application procedures and timelines. National Exchange programs are first come, first served, so speak to your advisor right away!