Summary of Certificate and Associate Degree Requirements

Types of Certificates and Associate Degrees

  • Certificate Programs
    Certificate programs are for students preparing for entry-level employment or upgrading in a specific occupation.
  • Associate of Science
    The A.S. degree represents the completion of a broad-based course of study with an emphasis in the sciences. This degree may serve as a steppingstone to a science-related baccalaureate program. You may earn only one A.S. degree.
  • Associate of Arts
    The A.A. is a program of study with an interdisciplinary approach useful for transferring to future degree programs or as a starting point for a career. An emphasis created in an A.A. program can fulfill general education requirements or become the basis for a minor in many bachelor’s programs. The A.A. degree is offered at all UAF campuses as well as online. Students may earn only one A.A.
  • Associate of Applied Science
    The A.A.S. is for students preparing for entry-level employment or upgrading in a specific occupation. This degree is not intended for transfer into a four-year degree program. However, some courses within the A.A.S. degree may be accepted in a four-year bachelor’s program. (Each course is considered on an individual basis.)

General Associate Degree Requirements

You must have completed at least 60 semester hours, including transfer credits, to earn a UAF associate degree.

At least 15 credits applicable to any associate degree must be UAF resident credits.

See a list of all Certificate and Associate Degree programs here. 

Certificate Requirements

Certificate programs vary in length; however, you can usually complete them in one year. Certificates are awarded in specific occupational fields with emphasis on entering the job market. These certificates can serve as the basis for additional education and are the first step toward an Associate of Applied Science degree. For specific major requirements, refer to the degrees and programs section.

If your degree program is delivered collaboratively within the UA system, credits you earn from each UA institution will be counted toward fulfillment of the degree requirements and fulfillment of the minimum institutional residency requirements.

You may enroll in any course for which you are eligible. To earn a certificate, you must formally be admitted to a certificate program and you must earn at least 30 credits, including transfer credit. Fifteen semester hours must be residence credits. You must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in your major and overall. Students must earn a minimum grade of C- in all major courses. Some majors require higher GPAs for major course work. Programs of study for which certificates are granted must contain a recognizable body of instruction in the program-related areas of communication, computation and human relations.

Additional appropriate topics may include safety, industrial safety and environmental awareness. Instruction in the related instructional areas may be embedded within the program curriculum or taught in blocks of specialized instruction. Each approach, however, will have clearly identified content that is pertinent to the general program of study.

Note: Students planning to go on to a bachelor’s degree need to work closely with their advisors and are encouraged to select courses meeting general education requirements and courses designated within majors and minors. Only those courses with an X designator count toward the baccalaureate general education requirements.

REQUIREMENTS

Communication2-3
Select one from the following:
Writing Across Contexts
Business English
Business Communications
Writing and the Humanities
Writing and the Professions
Writing and the Sciences
Arguing Across Contexts
Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
Fundamentals of Oral Communication: Group Context
Fundamentals of Oral Communication: Public Context
University Communications
Academic Reading for College
Other program-approved discipline-based communication course or discipline-based courses with embedded communication content.
Computation2-3
Select one from the following:
Any course at the F100-level or above in mathematical sciences (computer science, math or statistics).
Business Math
Intermediate Algebra
Math Skills for Early Childhood Educators
Mathematics in Health Care
Math Skills for Human Services
Mathematics for the Trades
Other program-approved discipline-based computation course or discipline-based courses with embedded computation content.
Human Relations2-3
Select one of the following:
Individual, Society and Culture
Introduction to Sociology
Human Relations
Teaching Methods for Alaska Native Languages
Child Development I: Prenatal, Infants and Toddlers
Child Development II: The Preschool and Primary Years
Child Development
Human Behavior in Health Care
Cultural Diversity in Human Services
Cross-Cultural Bridging Skills
and Issues of Personal Development
Other program-approved discipline-based human relations or discipline-based courses with embedded human relations content.
Major Specialty
At least 21 hours of major specialty courses21
Electives to Total30

Associate of Arts Requirements

The Associate of Arts degree represents the completion of broad-based college study. This degree may serve as a starting point for your career or as a steppingstone to a bachelor’s program. You may earn only one A.A. degree. 

Students planning to go on to a bachelor’s degree are advised to select courses meeting remaining general education requirements and courses designated within bachelor’s degree majors and minors.

The curriculum of the Associate of Arts degree consists of all courses required to meet the UAF baccalaureate core, with the following exception:

All credits for the A.A. degree must be at the F100 level or above, with 20 credits at the F200 level or above, and be distributed as follows:

General education requirement credits35-40
A.A. degree requirements0-1
General electives19-24
Total Credits60

REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Requirements for Degree: 60 credits

General Education Requirements 

Communication9
Complete the following:
Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
Fundamentals of Oral Communication: Group Context
Fundamentals of Oral Communication: Public Context
Writing Across Contexts
Writing and the Humanities
Writing and the Professions
Writing and the Sciences
Arguing Across Contexts
Arts3
Select one from the following:
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
Humanities3-5
Select one from the following:
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
Elementary Chinese I
Elementary Chinese II
Media and Culture
Introduction to Broadcasting
World Literature
Introduction to Creative Writing
Elementary French I
Elementary French II
Elementary German I
Elementary German II
Elementary Inupiaq
Elementary Inupiaq
Elementary Japanese I
Elementary Japanese II
Beginning Latin I
Beginning Latin I
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
Elementary Central Yup'ik
Elementary Central Yup'ik
Social Sciences6
Select two courses from the following in two different disciplines:
Principles of Financial Accounting
History of Colonization in Alaska: The Indigenous Response
Native Cultures of Alaska
Individual, Society and Culture
Introduction to Anthropology
Ancient Civilizations
Fundamentals of Archaeology
Introduction to Business
Personal Finance (s)
Introduction to Sport Management
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 Addictive Processes
Introduction to Justice
Criminology
Political Economy
Introduction to American Government and Politics
Comparative Politics
International Politics
Introduction to Psychology
Rural Development in the North
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems and Solutions
Introduction to Social Work
Introduction to Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies
Additional Arts/Humanities/Social Science3-5
Select one additional course from the arts, humanities or social science courses listed above.
Mathematics3-4
Select one from the following:
Concepts and Contemporary Applications of Mathematics
Precalculus for Business and Economics 1
College Algebra for Calculus 1
Trigonometry
Precalculus
Calculus Essentials with Applications 2,3
Calculus I 2,3
Calculus II 3
Calculus III 3
Elementary Probability and Statistics
Natural Sciences8
Select two from the following:
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 Environmental Chemistry of the Arctic
Earth and Environment: Elements of Physical Geography
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
1

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

2

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

3

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

A.A. Degree Requirements

Library and Information Research
Select one from the following:0-1
Library Information and Research
Successful completion of library skills competency test

Associate of Applied Science Requirements

Associate of applied science degrees are awarded in specific occupational fields with emphasis on entering the job market. This degree, usually seen as a terminal degree, can serve as the basis for additional education. For specific major requirements, see the Certificate and Associate Degree Programs section.

Students planning to go on to a bachelor’s degree need to work closely with their advisors and are encouraged to select courses meeting general education requirements and courses designated within majors and minors. Only courses with an X designator count towards the baccalaureate core.

All credits for the A.A.S. degree must be at the F100 level or above and be distributed as follows:

REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Requirements for Degree: 60 credits

Communication9
Complete the following:
Writing Across Contexts
Business Communications
Writing and the Humanities
Writing and the Professions
Writing and the Sciences
Arguing Across Contexts
Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
Fundamentals of Oral Communication: Group Context
Fundamentals of Oral Communication: Public Context
Computation3
Select one from the following:
Any course at the F100 level or above in mathematical sciences (computer science, math or statistics)
Business Math
Intermediate Algebra
Math Skills for Early Childhood Educators
Mathematics in Health Care
Math Skills for Human Services
Mathematics for the Trades
Other program-approved discipline-based computation course or discipline-based course with embedded computation content
Human Relations3
Select one from the following:
Individual, Society and Culture
Human Relations
Teaching Methods for Alaska Native Languages
Child Development I: Prenatal, Infants and Toddlers
Child Development II: The Preschool and Primary Years
Child Development
Human Behavior in Health Care
Cultural Diversity in Human Services
Cross-Cultural Bridging Skills
and Issues of Personal Development
Other program-approved discipline-based human relations course or discipline-based course with embedded human relations content
Major Specialty
At least 30 hours of major specialty courses30
Electives to total60

Associate of Science Requirements

The Associate of Science degree represents the completion of a broad-based course of study with an emphasis in the sciences. This degree may serve as a steppingstone to a science-related baccalaureate program. You may earn only one A.S. degree.

REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Requirements for Degree: 60 credits

General Education Requirements

Communication9
Complete the following:
Writing Across Contexts
Writing and the Humanities
Writing and the Professions
Writing and the Sciences
Arguing Across Contexts
Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
Fundamentals of Oral Communication: Group Context
Fundamentals of Oral Communication: Public Context
Arts3
Select one of the following:
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
Humanities3-5
Select one from the following:
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
Elementary Chinese I
Elementary Chinese II
Media and Culture
Introduction to Broadcasting
World Literature
Introduction to Creative Writing
Elementary French I
Elementary French II
Elementary German I
Elementary German II
Elementary Inupiaq
Elementary Inupiaq
Elementary Japanese I
Elementary Japanese II
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
Elementary Central Yup'ik
Elementary Central Yup'ik
Social Sciences6
Select two courses from the following in two different disciplines:
Principles of Financial Accounting
History of Colonization in Alaska: The Indigenous Response
Native Cultures of Alaska
Individual, Society and Culture
Introduction to Anthropology
Ancient Civilizations
Fundamentals of Archaeology
Introduction to Business
Personal Finance (s)
Introduction to Sport Management
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 Addictive Processes
Introduction to Justice
Criminology
Political Economy
Introduction to American Government and Politics
Comparative Politics
International Politics
Introduction to Psychology
Rural Development in the North
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems and Solutions
Introduction to Social Work
Introduction to Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies
Additional Arts/Humanities/Social Science3-5
Select one additional course from the arts, humanities or social science courses listed above.
Mathematics3-4
Select one from the following:
Concepts and Contemporary Applications of Mathematics
Precalculus for Business and Economics 1
College Algebra for Calculus 1
Trigonometry
Precalculus
Calculus Essentials with Applications 2,3
Calculus I 2,3
Calculus II 3
Calculus III 3
Elementary Probability and Statistics
Natural Sciences16
Select four from the following: 4
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 Environmental Chemistry of the Arctic
Earth and Environment: Elements of Physical Geography
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
Concentration Specialty15
Complete 15 credits of concentration specialty courses as approved by the department
1

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

2

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

3

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

4

Complete a one-year sequence in one natural science beyond the baccalaureate general education requirements. The total courses used to satisfy this requirement shall represent at least two different natural sciences.

A.S. Degree Requirements 

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