B.S., General Science

Minimum Requirements for Degree: 130 credits

Students must earn a C- grade or better in each course.

General University Requirements
Complete the general university requirements.
General Education Requirements
Complete the general education requirements.
B.S. Degree Requirements
Complete the B.S. degree requirements.
Program Requirements
BIOL F115XFundamentals of Biology I4
BIOL F116XFundamentals of Biology II4
CHEM F105XGeneral Chemistry I 14
CHEM F106XGeneral Chemistry II 14
GEOS F101XThe Dynamic Earth4
GEOS F112XThe History of Earth and Life4
MATH F151XCollege Algebra for Calculus4
MATH F152XTrigonometry3
MATH F251XCalculus I 24
PHYS F103XCollege Physics I 14
PHYS F104XCollege Physics II 14
Select one from the following by the start of the junior year: 320
Two majors
One major and two minors 4
Select one from the following:20-24
Complete a second major from the following: biological sciences, chemistry, geosciences, physics or mathematics. 5
Complete two minors, one of which must be in the natural sciences or mathematics, while the other may be selected from the following disciplines: anthropology, English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, history, political science or economics. 6
Complete the baccalaureate capstone requirement as determined by the program.
Total Credits83-87

PHYS F211XPHYS F212X and PHYS F213X may substitute for PHYS F103X and PHYS F104X. CHEM F212 may substitute for CHEM F105X and CHEM F106X.


A student does not need to take MATH F151X and MATH F152X if the student completes MATH F251X with a C or better. Complete a B.S. degree mathematics elective for 3 credits if MATH F151X and MATH F152X are not taken.


A general science student, after meeting with his/her general science advisor, should contact the head of the major/minor department as early as possible to determine course requirements in that discipline. These courses will be determined by the department head of the discipline and will reflect the student’s needs as well as the intent of the general science program.


Complete one major from the following: biological sciences, chemistry, geosciences or physics. The major requires the completion of at least 20 credits in addition to the foundation courses in the discipline.


The major requires the completion of at least 20 credits in addition to the foundation courses in the discipline.


The minor must include 12 or more credits in addition to the foundation courses in that discipline.

Requirements for General Science Teachers (grades 7-12)

  1. Complete all the requirements of the general science B.S.
  2. If the student opts for one major and two minors, all must represent science or mathematics disciplines.
  3. All prospective science teachers must complete the following:
PHIL F481Philosophy of Science3

Note: We strongly recommend that prospective secondary science teachers seek advising from the UAF School of Education early in your undergraduate degree program so that you can be appropriately advised of the State of Alaska requirements for teacher licensure. You will apply for admission to the UAF School of Education’s postbaccalaureate teacher preparation program, a one-year intensive program, during your senior year. Above requirements apply to all candidates who apply to the UAF School of Education Spring 2006 or later for licensure in General Science.