General Education Requirements

General education objective and learning outcomes for undergraduate students seeking baccalaureate degrees at the University of Alaska Fairbanks:

  1. Build knowledge of human institutions, sociocultural processes, and the physical and natural world through the study of the natural and social sciences, technologies, mathematics, humanities, histories, languages and the arts.
    • Competence will be demonstrated for the foundational information in each subject area, its context and significance, and the methods used in advancing each.
  2. Develop intellectual and practical skills across the curriculum, including inquiry and analysis, critical and creative thinking, problem solving, written and oral communication, information literacy, technological competence, and collaborative learning.
    • Proficiency will be demonstrated across the curriculum through critical analysis of proffered information, well-reasoned solutions to problems or inferences drawn from evidence, effective written and oral communication, and satisfactory outcomes of group projects.
  3. Acquire tools for effective civic engagement in local through global contexts, including ethical reasoning, intercultural competence, and knowledge of Alaska and Alaska issues.
    • Facility will be demonstrated through analyses of issues including dimensions of ethics, human and cultural diversity, conflicts and interdependencies, globalization and sustainability.   
  4. Integrate and apply learning, including synthesis and advanced accomplishment across general and specialized studies, adapting them to new settings, questions and responsibilities, and forming a foundation for lifelong learning.
    • Preparation will be demonstrated through production of a creative or scholarly product that requires broad knowledge, appropriate technical proficiency, information collection, synthesis, interpretation, presentation and reflection.  

Courses that satisfy the GER have course numbers ending with X. For example, English F111X and Communication F141X meet specific GER communication requirements. Credit may be counted toward general education requirements or a degree major requirement, but not both. If additional courses are added to GER in later catalog years, students may use them to fulfill a specific GER in this catalog year. Students must earn a C- grade or higher in each course used to meet a baccalaureate GER.

General Education Requirements at a Glance

Refer to tables below for specific courses.

Library Information and Research0-1
Social Sciences6
Additional Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences3-5
Natural Sciences8
Upper-Division W- and O-Intensivevaries
Total Credits38-44

Course Requirements


Complete the following courses:
ENGL F111XIntroduction to Academic Writing3
ENGL F211XAcademic Writing about Literature3
or ENGL F213X Academic Writing about the Social and Natural Sciences
COMM F121XIntroduction to Interpersonal Communication3
or COMM F131X Fundamentals of Oral Communication: Group Context
or COMM F141X Fundamentals of Oral Communication: Public Context


Complete one of the following prior to junior standing:0-1
Library Information and Research
Or successful completion of library skills competency exam


Select one course from the following:3
Introduction to Alaska Native Performance
Aesthetic Appreciation of Alaska Native Performance
Alaska Native Music
Explorations in Art
History of World Art
History of World Art
Introduction to the Study of Film
History of the Cinema
Performance, Production and the Audience
Dramatic Literature and History
Unity in the Arts
Music Fundamentals
Enjoying Jazz
Explorations in Music


Select one from the following:3-5
Beginning Athabascan-Koyukon or Gwich'in
Beginning Athabascan
Introduction to Athabascan Linguistics
Introduction to Alaska Native Languages
American Sign Language I
American Sign Language II
World Literature
Introduction to Creative Writing
Elementary Central Yup'ik
Elementary Central Yup'ik
Elementary Inupiaq
Elementary Inupiaq
Elementary French I
Elementary French II
Elementary German I
Elementary German II
Elementary Japanese I
Elementary Japanese II
Media and Culture
Introduction to Broadcasting
Beginning Latin I
Beginning Latin II
Nature of Language
Languages of the World
Introduction to Philosophy
Logic and Reasoning
Religions of the World
Elementary Russian I
Elementary Russian II
Elementary Spanish I
Elementary Spanish II

Social Sciences

Select two from the following in two different disciplines:6
Principles of Financial Accounting
Native Cultures of Alaska
Individual, Society and Culture
Introduction to Anthropology
Ancient Civilizations
Fundamentals of Archaeology
Introduction to Business
Introduction to Human Communication
Child Development I: Prenatal, Infants and Toddlers
Political Economy
Principles of Economics I: Microeconomics
Principles of Economics II: Macroeconomics
Introduction to Natural Resource Economics
Expedition Earth: Introduction to Geography
Modern World History
Western Civilization Since 1500
East Asian Civilization
History of the U.S.
Introduction to Justice
Political Economy
Comparative Politics
Introduction to Psychology
Rural Development in the North
Introduction to Social Work
Individual, Society and Culture
Social Problems
Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies

Additional Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences

Complete one additional course from the arts, humanities or social sciences courses listed above.3-5


Select one from the following:3
Business Ethics
Communicating Ethics
Ethics and Justice
Environmental Ethics and Actions
Ethics and Society


Select one from the following:3-4
Concepts and Contemporary Applications of Mathematics
Precalculus for Business and Economics
College Algebra for Calculus
Calculus Essentials with Applications 1
Calculus I 1
Calculus II 1
Calculus III 1
Elementary Probability and Statistics

Natural Sciences

Select two from the following:8
Weather and Climate of Alaska
Human Biology
Biology and Society
Natural History of Alaska
Fundamentals of Biology I
Fundamentals of Biology II
Introduction to Human Nutrition
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Chemistry in Complex Systems
Basic General Chemistry
Survey of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Introduction to Enviromental Chemistry of the Arctic
Earth and Environment: Elements of Physical Geography
Introduction to Earth Science
The Dynamic Earth
Life in the Age of Dinosaurs
The History of Earth and Life
Glaciers, Earthquakes and Volcanoes: Past, Present and Future
The Oceans
Energy and Society
College Physics I
College Physics II
Physical Sciences
Introduction to Astronomy
General Physics I
General Physics II
Elementary Modern Physics

Upper-Division Writing and Oral Communication

Courses meeting the upper-division writing-intensive and oral-intensive communication requirements for the baccalaureate degree are identified in the course description of the catalog with the following designators:
W - Writing-Intensive Course
O or O/2 - Oral-Intensive Communication Course
Complete the following at the upper-division level:
Two writing-intensive courses designated (W)
One oral-intensive communication course designated (O) or two oral-intensive communication courses designated (O/2)
(See degree and/or major requirements.)

Or any math course having one of these as a prerequisite.


You may earn credit for MATH F151X or MATH F122X but not both.


You may earn credit for MATH F251X or MATH F230X but not both.