General Education Requirements

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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.  

If you completed your bachelor's degree, an associate of arts degree or associate of science degree from a regionally accredited institution, you will be considered to have completed the equivalent of the general education requirements when you have been officially accepted to an undergraduate degree program at UAF.

Courses that satisfy the GER have course numbers ending with X. For example, WRTG F111X and COJO F141X meet specific GER communication requirements. Courses used to satisfy general education requirements can also be used to satisfy minor requirements. Natural science and mathematics credits used to satisfy general education requirements can also be used to satisfy major requirements. 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

Minimum Requirements for General Education Requirements: 35-40 credits

Refer to tables below for specific courses.

Social Sciences6
Additional Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences3-5
Natural Sciences8

Course Requirements


Complete the following courses:
COJO F121XIntroduction to Interpersonal Communication3
or COJO F131X Fundamentals of Oral Communication: Group Context
or COJO F141X Fundamentals of Oral Communication: Public Context
WRTG F111XWriting Across Contexts3
WRTG F211XWriting and the Humanities3
or WRTG F212X Writing and the Professions
or WRTG F213X Writing and the Sciences
or WRTG F214X Arguing Across Contexts


Complete 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


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

Social Sciences

Complete two from the following in two different disciplines:6
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
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 Sciences

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


Complete one from the following:3-4
Numbers and Society
Patterns and Society
Essential Precalculus with Applications 1
College Algebra for Calculus 1
Essential Calculus with Applications 2,3
Calculus I 2,3
Calculus II 3
Calculus III 3
Elementary Statistics

Natural Sciences

Complete two from the following: 8
Weather and Climate of Alaska  
Human Biology  
Biology and Society  
Natural History of Alaska  
Human Anatomy and Physiology I  
Human Anatomy and Physiology II  
Fundamentals of Biology I  
Fundamentals of Biology II  
Introduction to Human Nutrition  
Chemistry in Complex Systems  
Introduction to General Chemistry  
Introduction to 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