General Education Requirements (GERs) for Baccalaureate Degrees
General Education Requirements (GERs) provide students with a common educational experience in order to provide a foundation for further study and broaden the educational experience of every degree-seeking student. They are designed to promote an elevation of the student’s level in basic college-level skills (Tier 1), a breadth of exposure to traditional academic disciplines (Tier 2), and an understanding of how to integrate and apply knowledge to an evolving world (Tier 3).
UAA’s General Education Values
Develop intellectual and practical skills across the curriculum, including inquiry and analysis, quantitative literacy, critical and creative thinking, problem solving, written and oral communication, information literacy, and collaborative learning.
Build knowledge of human institutions, socio-cultural processes, and the physical and natural world through study of the natural and social sciences, mathematics, humanities, and the arts.
Acquire tools for effective civic engagement in local through global contexts, including ethical reasoning and intercultural competence, with particular emphasis on Alaska and the circumpolar north.
Integrate and apply learning, including ability to synthesize knowledge and skills across general and specialized studies, adapting them to new settings, questions, and responsibilities, and forming a foundation for lifelong learning.
GER Student Learning Outcomes
After completing the GERs, UAA students shall be able to:
- Communicate effectively in a variety of contexts and formats.
- Reason mathematically and analyze quantitative and qualitative data competently to reach sound conclusions.
- Relate knowledge to the historical context in which it developed and the human problems it addresses.
- Interpret different systems of aesthetic representation and understand their historical and cultural contexts.
- Investigate the complexity of human institutions and behavior to better understand interpersonal, group and cultural dynamics.
- Identify ways in which science has advanced the understanding of important natural processes.
- Locate and use relevant information to make appropriate personal and professional decisions.
- Adopt critical perspectives for understanding the forces of globalization and diversity.
- Integrate knowledge and employ skills gained to synthesize creative thinking, critical judgment and personal experience in a meaningful and coherent manner.
|Tier 1: Basic College-Level Skills||12|
|Tier 2: Disciplinary Areas||22|
|Tier 3: Integrative Capstone||3|
All students should consult a faculty or academic advisor for appropriate course selections.
- Baccalaureate students are required to complete 12 credits of basic college-level skills (oral, written and quantitative) before completing 60 total degree applicable credits.
- Each of the eight GER classifications has a list of approved courses (see the General Education Requirements classification lists). Only courses from the GER classification list may be used to satisfy a distribution area requirement.
- Courses used to satisfy distribution area requirements in General Education may also be used to satisfy school/college requirements and/or degree/program requirements, but no course may be counted in more than one GER category.
- Courses ending with numbers _93 or _94 cannot satisfy a GER, and UAA courses not on the approved GER classification list cannot be petitioned to meet a GER.
Petitions for GERs and/or General University Requirements
Petitions pertaining to GERs and/or General University Requirements must be processed through the Office of Academic Affairs, with final authority to deny or approve resting with the provost. After the petition has received final approval or denial, the student is notified of the decision. Changes in course level, grading or number of credits awarded are not petitionable. UAA courses not on the approved baccalaureate GER lists cannot be petitioned to meet a GER. For more information, see the Academic Petition section.
GER Classification List
Courses listed as satisfying a GER are also identified in the course descriptions. A course satisfying a particular GER in the semester in which it was completed will continue to satisfy that GER for that student even if its status has changed in the catalog under which the student graduates.
Students who wish to use a UAF or UAS course to meet a UAA GER should refer to the table of substitutions below.
UAA Table of GER Substitutions
This table is intended to assist UAA students who wish to use UAF or UAS courses to meet a UAA GER per Board of Regents Policy P10.04.062.
Tier I: Basic College - Level Skills
|UAA Courses||UAF Courses||UAS Courses|
|Oral Communication Skills - 3 Credits|
|COMM A111, COMM A235, COMM A237, COMM A241||COJO F121X, COJO F131X, COJO F141X||COMM S111, COMM S235, COMM S237, COMM S241|
|Quantitative Skills - 3 Credits|
|MATH A115, MATH A121, MATH A151, MATH A152, MATH A155, MATH A221, MATH A251, MATH A252, MATH A253, STAT A252, STAT A253, STAT A307||MATH F113X, MATH F122X, MATH F151X, MATH F152X, MATH F156X, MATH F230X, MATH F251X, MATH F252X, MATH F253X, STAT F200X||MATH S113, MATH S151, MATH S152, MATH S251, STAT S107, STAT S273|
|Written Communication Skills - 6 Credits|
|WRTG A111, WRTG A211, WRTG A212, WRTG A213, WRTG A214, ENGL A311, ENGL A312||WRTG F111X, WRTG F211X, WRTG F212X, WRTG F213X, WRTG F214X||WRTG S111, WRTG S211, WRTG S212|
Tier 2: Disciplinary Areas
|UAA Courses||UAF Courses||UAS Courses|
|Fine Arts - 3 Credits|
|AKNS A215, AKNS A216, ART A160, DNCE A170, MUS A121, MUS A215, MUS A216, MUS A221, MUS A222, MUS A224, THR A111, THR A311, THR A312||ACNS F223X, ANS F161X, ANS F202X, ANS F223X, ART F200X, ART F261X, ART F262X, COJO F105X, COJO F217X, ENGL F217X, FLPA F105X, FLPA F161X, FLPA F200X, FLPA F215X, FLPA F217X, JRN F105X, JRN F217X, HUM F201X, MUS F103X, MUS F125X, MUS F200X, MUS F223X, NORS F223X||ART S160, ART S261, ART S262, MUS S123, THR S111, THR S211, THR S212|
|Humanities - 6 Credits Outside the Major|
|AKNS A101A, AKNS A101B, AKNS A101C, AKNS A101E, AKNS A102A, AKNS A102B, AKNS A102C, AKNS A102E, AKNS A201, ART A261, ART A262, ART A360A, ART A360B, ASL A101, ASL A102, ASL A201, ASL A202, CHIN A101, CHIN A102, CHIN A201, CHIN A202, ENGL A121, ENGL A201, ENGL A202, ENGL A301, ENGL A302, ENGL A306, ENGL A307, ENGL A310, ENGL A383, ENGL A445, FREN A101, FREN A102, FREN A201, FREN A202, FREN A301, FREN A302, GER A101, GER A102, GER A201, GER A202, GER A301, GER A302, HIST A101, HIST A102, HIST A121, HIST A122, HIST A131, HIST A132, HIST A341, HNRS A192, HUM A211, HUM A212, JPN A101, JPN A102, JPN A201, JPN A202, JPN A301, JPN A302, LING A101, PHIL A101, PHIL A201, PHIL A211, PHIL A212, PHIL A301, PHIL A305, PHIL A313, PHIL A314, PS A331, PS A332, PS A333, RUSS A101, RUSS A102, RUSS A201, RUSS A202, RUSS A301, RUSS A302, SPAN A101, SPAN A102, SPAN A201, SPAN A202, SPAN A301, SPAN A302, THR A411, THR A412||ANL F141X, ANL F142X, ANL F251X, ANL F255X, ASLG F101X, ASLG F202X, CHNS F101X, CHNS F102X, COJO F101X, COJO F102X, ENGL F200X, ENGL F270X, FL F200X, FREN F101X, FREN F102X, GER F101X, GER F102X, INU F111X, INU F112X, JPN F101X, JPN F102X, LAT F101X, LAT F102X, LING F101X, LING F216X, PHIL F102X, PHIL F104X, RELG F221X, RUSS F101X, RUSS F102X, SPAN F101X, SPAN F102X, YUP F101X, YUP F102X||AKL S105, AKL S106, AKL S107, AKL S108, ASL S101, ASL S102, ENGL S215, ENGL S223, ENGL S224, ENGL S225, ENGL S226, ENGL S261, FREN S101, FREN S102, HIST S105, HIST S106, HIST S131, HIST S132, HUM S120, JOUR S101, PHIL S101, PHIL S201, PHIL S301, RUSS S101, RUSS S102, SPAN S101, SPAN S102|
|Natural Sciences - 7 Credits Including One Laboratory Course|
|ASTR A103 / ASTR A103L, ASTR A104 / ASTR A104L, BIOL A102 / BIOL A103, BIOL A108, BIOL A111, BIOL A112, BIOL A178 / BIOL A179, CHEM A103 / CHEM A103L, CHEM A104 / CHEM A104L, CHEM A105 / CHEM A105L, CHEM A106 / CHEM A106L, ENVI A211 / ENVI A211L, GEOL A111 / GEOL A111L, GEOL A115 / GEOL A115L, GEOL A178 / GEOL A179, GEOL A221, LSIS A102, LSIS A201, LSIS A202, PHYS A123 / PHYS A123L, PHYS A124 / PHYS A124L, PHYS A211 / PHYS A211L, PHYS A212 / PHYS A212L||ATM F101X, BIOL F100X, BIOL F103X, BIOL F104X, BIOL F115X, BIOL F116X, BIOL F120X, BIOL F213X, BIOL F214X, CHEM F100X, CHEM F103X, CHEM F104X, CHEM F105X, CHEM F106X, CHEM F111X, GEOG F111X, GEOS F101X, GEOS F106X, GEOS F112X, GEOS F120X, MSL F111X, PHYS F102X, PHYS F103X, PHYS F104X, PHYS F115X, PHYS F175X, PHYS F211X, PHYS F212X, PHYS F213X||BIOL S103, BIOL S104, BIOL S105, BIOL S106, BIOL S111, BIOL S112, CHEM S103, CHEM S105, CHEM S106, ENVS S102, GEOG S102, GEOL S104, PHYS S102, PHYS S103, PHYS S104, PHYS S211, PHYS S212|
|ASTR A103, ASTR A104, BIOL A102, BIOL A178, BIOL A200, CHEM A103, CHEM A104, CHEM A105, CHEM A106, CPLX A200, ENVI A211, GEOG A111, GEOL A111, GEOL A115, GEOL A178, LSIS A101, PHYS A101, PHYS A123, PHYS A124, PHYS A211, PHYS A212||ANTH S205, ASTR S225, CHEM S100, GEOL S105, OCN S101, PHIL S206|
|Social Sciences — 6 Credits Outside the Major and From Two Different Disciplines|
|ANTH A101, ANTH A200, ANTH A202, ANTH A250, BA A151, CEL A292, ECON A100, ECON A123, ECON A201, ECON A202, ECON A210, EDEC A105, ENVI A212, GEOG A101, HNRS A292, HS A220, INTL A101, JPC A204, JUST A110, JUST A251, JUST A330, JUST A375, LEGL A101, LSSS A111, PS A101, PS A102, PS A311, PS A351, PSY A111, PSY A150, PSY A200, SOC A101, SOC A110, SOC A201, SOC A202, SOC A251, SOC A342, SOC A351, SWK A106, SWK A243, URS A121, WS A200||ACCT F261X, ANS F111X, ANS F242X, ANTH F100X, ANTH F101X, ANTH F111X, ANTH F211X, BA F151X, BA F254X, BA AF281X, ECE F104X, ECON F100X, ECON F201X, ECON F202X, ECON F235X, GEOG F101X, HIST F100X, HIST F102X, HIST F122X, HIST F132X, HUMS F125X, JUST F110X, JUST F125X, JUST F251X, PS F100X, PS F101X, PS F201X, PS F221X, PSY F101X, RD F200X, SOC F101X, SOC F201X, SPRT F281X, SWK F103X, WGS F201X||ANTH S101, ANTH S202, ANTH S211, ECON S100, ECON S201, ECON S202, GEOG S101, PS S101, PS S102, PS S202, PS S251, PSY S101, PSY S250, SOC S101, SOC S201|
Tier 1: Basic College-Level Skills
The UAA GERs begin with basic college-level skills enhancement in oral communication, quantitative, and written communication skills:
- Courses in oral and written communication develop intellectual and practical skills, building critical reading, thinking, and communication competencies (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) necessary to communicate effectively in a variety of contexts and formats needed for personal and professional success.
- Quantitative courses develop abilities to reason mathematically and analyze quantitative and qualitative data to reach sound conclusions for success in undergraduate study and professional life.
- Baccalaureate students are required to complete the 12 credits of basic college-level skills (oral, written and quantitative) before completing 60 total degree applicable credits. Students may select approved basic college-level skills, which may also fulfill requirements in their intended major. Faculty in English, communications and mathematics provide placement criteria (which may require the completion of preparatory coursework).
|Oral Communication Skills||3|
|Written Communication Skills||6|
Oral Communication Skills
Oral communication skills courses increase the abilities of students to interact appropriately and effectively in a variety of contexts, including interpersonal, small group and public speaking settings.
- Students develop both their message creation and message interpretation skills in order to be more successful communicators.
- Students develop an awareness of the role of communication in a variety of human relationships—personal and professional.
- Students develop and implement effective and appropriate communication skills, including the ability to develop, organize, present and critically evaluate messages.
- Students analyze audiences and adapt to a variety of in-person communication settings.
Courses completed at UAA must be selected from the following Oral Communication courses:
|Select 3 credits of the following:|
|COMM A111||Fundamentals of Oral Communication||3|
|COMM A235||Small Group Communication||3|
|COMM A237||Interpersonal Communication||3|
|COMM A241||Public Speaking||3|
Quantitative skills courses increase mathematical abilities.
- Students become more adept and competent producers and wiser consumers of the mathematical, statistical and computational analyses which dominate 21st-century decision-making.
- Students develop their algebraic, analytic and numeric skills; use them to solve applied problems; and correctly explain their mathematical reasoning.
Courses completed at UAA must be selected from the following Quantitative Skills courses:
|Select 3 credits of the following:|
|MATH A115||Art of Mathematics||3|
|MATH A121||College Algebra for Managerial and Social Sciences||3|
|MATH A151||College Algebra for Calculus||4|
|MATH A221||Applied Calculus for Managerial and Social Sciences||3|
|MATH A251||Calculus I||4|
|MATH A252||Calculus II||4|
|MATH A253||Calculus III||4|
|STAT A252||Elementary Statistics||3|
|STAT A253||Applied Statistics for the Sciences||4|
|STAT A307||Probability and Statistics||4|
Written Communication Skills
Written communication courses emphasize that writing is a recursive and frequently collaborative process of invention, drafting and revising as well as a primary element of active learning in literate cultures.
- Students practice methods for establishing credibility, reasoning critically and appealing to the emotions and values of their audience.
- Students write for a variety of purposes and audiences by employing methods of rhetorical and cultural analysis.
- Students develop the tools to read, think and write analytically about print and nonprint texts and to generate texts that engage their own perceptions while synthesizing the ideas of texts and scholars. Students demonstrate their ability to communicate effectively by selecting form and content that fits the situation; adhering to genre conventions; adapting their voice, tone, and level of formality to that situation; and controlling stylistic features such as sentence variety, syntax, grammar, usage, punctuation and spelling.
Courses completed at UAA must be selected from the following Written Communication courses:
|Select 6 credits of the following:|
|WRTG A111||Writing Across Contexts||3|
|WRTG A211||Writing and the Humanities||3|
|WRTG A212||Writing and the Professions||3|
|WRTG A213||Writing and the Sciences||3|
|WRTG A214||Arguing Across Contexts||3|
|ENGL A311||Advanced Composition||3|
|ENGL A312||Advanced Technical Writing||3|
Tier 2: Disciplinary Areas
Courses in this tier examine Fine Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences which provide a breadth of academic experience regarding human institutions, artistic and socio-cultural processes, and the physical and natural world.
- Courses in the Fine Arts interpret different systems of aesthetic representation within their historical and cultural contexts.
- Courses in the Humanities investigate the cultural, historical, literary, aesthetic, ethical and spiritual traditions that have shaped and continue to shape our worlds.
- Courses in Natural Sciences identify theoretical and descriptive approaches in which science advances the understanding of the natural and physical world. Lab courses in the Natural Sciences emphasize gathering data and analyzing hypotheses according to the scientific method.
- Courses in the Social Sciences explore the complexity of human behavior via empirical methodologies.to better understand interpersonal, institutional, and cultural dynamics.
The fine arts (i.e. visual and performing) arts focus on the historical, aesthetic, critical and creative approaches to understanding the context and production of art as academic and creative disciplines as opposed to those that emphasize acquisition of skills.
- Students who complete the fine arts requirement should be able to identify and describe works of art by reference to media employed, historical context and style, and structural principles of design and composition.
- Students should be able to interpret the meaning or intent of works of art and assess their stylistic and cultural importance by reference to their historical significance, their relationship to earlier works and artists, and their overall impact of subsequent artistic work.
Courses completed at UAA must be selected from the following Fine Arts courses:
|Select 3 credits of the following:|
|AKNS/MUS A215||Music of Alaska Natives and Indigenous Peoples of Northern Regions||3|
|AKNS/MUS A216||World Indigenous Music||3|
|ART A160||Art Appreciation||3|
|DNCE A170||Dance Appreciation||3|
|MUS A121||Music Appreciation||3|
|MUS A221||History of Western Art Music I||3|
|MUS A222||History of Western Art Music II||3|
|MUS A224||History of Jazz||3|
|THR A111||Introduction to the Theatre||3|
|THR A311||Historical Drama||3|
|THR A312||Contemporary Drama||3|
(6 credits from outside the major)
The humanities courses examine the characteristics of realities, the purpose of human existence, the properties of knowledge and the qualities of sound reasoning, eloquent communication, and creative expression, studying the problems of judicious conduct in personal, social and political life. They also consider the qualities of the divine, the sacred and the mysterious. In these tasks the humanities courses reflect upon the world’s heritage of the arts, history, languages, literature, religion and philosophy.
- Students who complete a content-oriented course in the humanities should be able to identify texts or objects, place them in the historical context of the discipline, articulate the central problems they address and provide reasoned assessments of their significance.
- Students who complete a skills-oriented humanities course in logic should be able to identify the premises and conclusions of written arguments, evaluate their cogency, and recognize common fallacies. They should also be able to employ formal techniques to determine the validity of deductive arguments and evaluate the adequacy of evidence according to appropriate inductive standards.
- Students who complete a humanities course in a language should additionally demonstrate proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the target language.
Courses completed at UAA must be selected from the following Humanities courses:
|Select 6 credits from the following:|
|AKNS A101A||Elementary Central Yup'ik Language I||4|
|AKNS A101B||Elementary Tlingit Language I||4|
|AKNS A101C||Elementary Alaska Native Language I||4|
|AKNS A101E||Elementary Alutiiq Language I||4|
|AKNS A102A||Elementary Central Yup'ik Language II||4|
|AKNS A102B||Elementary Tlingit Language II||4|
|AKNS A102C||Elementary Alaska Native Language II||4|
|AKNS A102E||Elementary Alutiiq Language II||4|
|AKNS A201||Alaska Native Perspectives||3|
|ART A261||History of Western Art I||3|
|ART A262||History of Western Art II||3|
|ART A360A||History of Non-Western Art I||3|
|ART A360B||History of Non-Western Art II||3|
|ASL A101||Elementary American Sign Language I||4|
|ASL A102||Elementary American Sign Language II||4|
|ASL A201||Intermediate American Sign Language I||4|
|ASL A202||Intermediate American Sign Language II||4|
|CHIN A101||First Year Chinese I||4|
|CHIN A102||First Year Chinese II||4|
|CHIN A201||Second Year Chinese I||4|
|CHIN A202||Second Year Chinese II||4|
|ENGL A121||Introduction to Literature||3|
|ENGL A201||Masterpieces of World Literature I||3|
|ENGL A202||Masterpieces of World Literature II||3|
|ENGL A301||Literature of Britain I||3|
|ENGL A302||Literature of Britain II||3|
|ENGL A306||Literature of the United States I||3|
|ENGL A307||Literature of the United States II||3|
|ENGL A310||Ancient Literature||3|
|ENGL A383||Film Interpretation||3|
|ENGL A445||Alaska Native Literatures||3|
|FREN A101||Elementary French I||4|
|FREN A102||Elementary French II||4|
|FREN A201||Intermediate French I||4|
|FREN A202||Intermediate French II||4|
|FREN A301||Advanced French I||4|
|FREN A302||Advanced French II||4|
|GER A101||Elementary German I||4|
|GER A102||Elementary German II||4|
|GER A201||Intermediate German I||4|
|GER A202||Intermediate German II||4|
|GER A301||Advanced German I||4|
|GER A302||Advanced German II||4|
|HIST A101||Western Civilization I||3|
|HIST A102||Western Civilization II||3|
|HIST A121||East Asian Civilization I||3|
|HIST A122||East Asian Civilization II||3|
|HIST A131||History of United States I||3|
|HIST A132||History of United States II||3|
|HIST A341||History of Alaska||3|
|HNRS A192||Honors Seminar: Enduring Books||3|
|HUM A211||Introduction to Humanities I||3|
|HUM A212||Introduction to Humanities II||3|
|JPN A101||First Year Japanese I||4|
|JPN A102||First Year Japanese II||4|
|JPN A201||Second Year Japanese I||4|
|JPN A202||Second Year Japanese II||4|
|JPN A301||Advanced Japanese I||4|
|JPN A302||Advanced Japanese II||4|
|LING A101||How Language Works||3|
|PHIL A101||Introduction to Logic||3|
|PHIL A201||Introduction to Philosophy||3|
|PHIL A211||Ancient and Medieval Philosophy||3|
|PHIL A212||Early Modern Philosophy||3|
|PHIL A305||Professional Ethics||3|
|PHIL A313||Eastern Philosophy and Religion||3|
|PHIL A314||Western Religions||3|
|PS A331||Political Philosophy||3|
|PS A332||History of Political Philosophy I: Classical||3|
|PS A333||History of Political Philosophy II: Modern||3|
|RUSS A101||Elementary Russian I||4|
|RUSS A102||Elementary Russian II||4|
|RUSS A201||Intermediate Russian I||4|
|RUSS A202||Intermediate Russian II||4|
|RUSS A301||Advanced Russian I||4|
|RUSS A302||Advanced Russian II||4|
|SPAN A101||Elementary Spanish I||4|
|SPAN A102||Elementary Spanish II||4|
|SPAN A201||Intermediate Spanish I||4|
|SPAN A202||Intermediate Spanish II||4|
|SPAN A301||Advanced Spanish I||4|
|SPAN A302||Advanced Spanish II||4|
|THR A411||History of Theatre to 1700||3|
|THR A412||History of Theatre Since 1700||3|
(must include a laboratory course)
The natural sciences focus on gaining an understanding of the matter, events and processes that form and sustain our universe. Methods of scientific inquiry are diverse, but all aim to formulate general principles that explain observations and predict future events or behaviors within their disciplines.
- Students completing their natural sciences requirement will be able to apply the scientific method by formulating questions or problems, proposing hypothetical answers or solutions, testing those hypotheses, and reaching supportable conclusions.
- Students demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of one or more scientific disciplines, a knowledge of the discoveries and advances made within that discipline, and the impact of scientific information in sculpting thought and in providing the foundations for the technology in use at various times in history.
Laboratory courses illustrate how scientists develop, test and challenge scientific theories, providing an appreciation for the process and problems involved in the advancement of scientific knowledge.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to work with the tools and in the settings encountered by professionals in the discipline.
- Students will critically observe materials, events or processes, and accurately record and analyze their observations.
Courses completed at UAA must be selected from the following Natural Sciences courses:
|Select 7 credits of the following: (must include a laboratory course)|
|Solar System Astronomy|
and Solar System Astronomy Laboratory
|Stars, Galaxies and Cosmology|
and Stars, Galaxies and Cosmology Laboratory
& BIOL A103
and Introductory Biology Laboratory
|BIOL A108||Principles and Methods in Biology||6|
|BIOL A111||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||4|
|BIOL A112||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|BIOL/GEOL A178||Fundamentals of Oceanography||3|
|BIOL/GEOL A179||Fundamentals of Oceanography Laboratory||1|
|BIOL/CPLX A200||Introduction to Complexity||3|
|Survey of Chemistry|
and Survey of Chemistry Laboratory
|Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry|
and Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry Laboratory
|General Chemistry I|
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
|General Chemistry II|
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
|Environmental Science: Systems and Processes|
and Environmental Science: Systems and Processes Laboratory *
|GEOG A111||Earth Systems: Elements of Physical Geography *||3|
and Physical Geology Laboratory
and Environmental Geology Laboratory
|GEOL A221||Historical Geology||4|
|LSIS A101||Discoveries in Science||1|
|LSIS A102||Origins: Earth-Solar System-Life||5|
|LSIS A201||Life on Earth||5|
|LSIS A202||Concepts and Processes: Natural Sciences||5|
|PHYS A101||Physics for Poets||3|
|Basic Physics I|
and Basic Physics I Laboratory
|Basic Physics II|
and Basic Physics II Laboratory
|General Physics I|
and General Physics I Laboratory
|General Physics II|
and General Physics II Laboratory
Equivalent courses are treated as repeats. Only the credits and chronologically last grade earned are applied toward graduation requirements, prerequisite fulfillment and cumulative UAA GPA calculation. Only the most recent course taken is used to fulfill university requirements, including the General Education Requirement.
(6 credits from outside the major and from two different disciplines)
The social sciences constitute the various fields of study concerned with society, social interaction and human behavior. Each of the specific disciplines in the social sciences is a historically recognized area of inquiry with a scientifically grounded methodology, yet they all share the goal of understanding society, its institutions, and its people and their behavior.
- Students describe the discipline studied and discuss the key principles or themes that unify it.
- Students describe and contrast key scientific theories and theoretical approaches in a discipline and the ways in which these theories structure social scientists’ thinking and research
- Students demonstrate the ability to think critically about how society works and how social realities are created by diverse social processes and cultural practices.
- Students describe the wide range of social science data and the importance of using empiricism, both qualitative and quantitative, in making claims about the social world and in setting evidence-based social policy.
- Students explain and use basic social science methods and summarize the assumptions behind and the limitations of inductive or deductive approaches that might include the formulation of research questions and hypotheses; data collection and analysis; and testing, verifying and rejecting hypotheses.
Courses completed at UAA must be selected from the following Social Sciences courses:
|Select 6 credits of the following:|
|ANTH A101||Introduction to Anthropology||3|
|ANTH A200||Natives of Alaska||3|
|ANTH A202||Cultural Anthropology||3|
|ANTH A250||The Rise of Civilization||3|
|BA A151||Business Foundations||3|
|CEL A292||Introduction to Civic Engagement||3|
|ECON A100||Political Economy||3|
|ECON A123||Introduction to Behavioral Economics||3|
|ECON A201||Principles of Macroeconomics||3|
|ECON A202||Principles of Microeconomics||3|
|ECON A210||Environmental Economics and Policy||3|
|EDEC A105||Introduction to the Field of Early Childhood Education||3|
|ENVI A212||Living on Earth: Introduction to Environmental Studies||3|
|GEOG/INTL A101||Local Places/Global Regions: An Introduction to Geography||3|
|HNRS A292||Honors Seminar in Social Science||3|
|HS A220||Core Concepts in the Health Sciences||3|
|JPC A204||Media Literacy||3|
|JUST A110||Introduction to Justice||3|
|JUST/SOC A251||Crime and Delinquency||3|
|JUST A330||Justice and Society||3|
|JUST A375||Juvenile Justice and Delinquency||3|
|LEGL A101||Introduction to Law||3|
|LSSS A111||Cultural Foundations of Human Behavior||3|
|PS A101||Introduction to American Government||3|
|PS A102||Introduction to Political Science||3|
|PS A311||Comparative Politics||3|
|PS/SOC A351||Political Sociology||3|
|PSY A111||General Psychology||3|
|PSY A150||Lifespan Development||3|
|PSY A200||Introduction to Behavior Analysis||3|
|SOC A101||Introduction to Sociology||3|
|SOC A110||Introduction to Gerontology: Multidisciplinary Approach||3|
|SOC A201||Social Problems and Solutions||3|
|SOC A202||Social Institutions||3|
|SOC A342||Marriages and Families||3|
|SWK A106||Introduction to Social Welfare||3|
|SWK A243||Cultural Diversity and Community Service Learning||3|
|URS A121||Methods of Inquiry||3|
|WS A200||Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies||3|
Tier 3: Integrative Capstone
Integrative Capstone courses culminate the GER experience by synthesizing material across GER domains with the blending of basic college-level skills (Tier 1) and/or disciplinary areas (Tier 2), establishing a foundation for life-long learning.
- Students completing the integrative capstone requirement demonstrate the ability to integrate knowledge and employ skills to synthesize creative thinking, critical judgment and personal experience in a meaningful and coherent manner.
- Student adopt critical perspectives for understanding the forces of globalization and diversity.
The 37-credit General Education Requirement, including the 3-credit integrative capstone, is required for graduation after September 2008 for baccalaureate students who were admitted to major or pre-major status under the 2005-2006 UAA Catalog or later catalogs. (For specifics on catalog year requirements, see Academic Standards and Regulations.)
Courses completed at UAA must be selected from the following Integrative Capstone courses:
|Select 3 credits from the following:|
|ANTH A454||Culture and Ecology||3|
|ANTH A464||Culture and Globalization||3|
|ART A491||Senior Seminar||3|
|ATA A492||Air Transportation System Seminar||3|
|BIOL A452||Human Genome||3|
|BIOL/CHEM/PHYS A456||Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos||3|
|BIOL A473||Conservation Biology||3|
|BIOL A481||Marine Biology||3|
|BIOL A489||Population Genetics and Evolutionary Processes||3|
|CA A495||Hospitality Internship||6|
|CE A438||Design of Civil Engineering Systems||3|
|CEL A450||Civic Engagement Leadership Capstone||3|
|CHEM A441||Principles of Biochemistry I||3|
|CIS A376||Management Information Systems||3|
|CM A422||Sustainability in the Built Environment||3|
|CM A450||Construction Management Professional Practice||3|
|CSCE A470||Computer Science and Engineering Capstone Project||3|
|DH A424||Community Dental Health II||3|
|DN A415||Community Nutrition||3|
|DNCE A370||Interdisciplinary Dance Studies: Issues and Methods||3|
|ECON A492||Seminar in Economic Research||3|
|EDFN A300||Philosophical and Social Context of American Education||3|
|EDFN A304||Comparative Education||3|
|EE A438||Design of Electrical Engineering Systems||3|
|ENGL A434||History of Rhetoric||3|
|ENGL A476||History of English Language||3|
|ENGL A478||Public Science Writing||3|
|ENVI A470||Environmental Planning and Problem Solving||4|
|GEO A460||Geomatics Capstone Project||3|
|GEOG A390A||Topics in Global Geography||3|
|GEOG A390B||Topics in Regional Geography||3|
|GEOL A361||Earth Resources and Society||3|
|HIST/INTL/PS A325||Northeast Asia in 21st Century||3|
|HIST A390||Themes in World History||3|
|HIST/RUSS A427||Post-Soviet Culture and Society||3|
|HS A491||Health Issues in Alaska||3|
|HS A492||Senior Seminar: Contemporary Health Policy||3|
|HUMS A496||Human Services Integrative Capstone||3|
|JPC A403||Communications and Media Research||3|
|JPC A492||JPC Capstone Seminar||3|
|JUST A432||Crime Analysis and Mapping||3|
|JUST/LEGL A443||Civil Liberties||3|
|JUST A460||Justice in Crisis||3|
|JUST A463||Biobehavioral Criminology||3|
|JUST/LEGL A485||Tribal Courts and Alaska Native Rights||3|
|LEGL A449||Jurisprudence and Legal Theory||3|
|LSIC A488A||Capstone Project I: Design and Research||3|
|MATH A420||Historical Mathematics||3|
|ME A438||Design of Mechanical Engineering Systems||3|
|MEDT A302||Clinical Laboratory Education and Management||4|
|MUS A331||Form and Analysis||3|
|NS A411||Health II: Nursing Therapeutics||3|
|OSH A460||Economic Value of Safety||3|
|PEP A384||Cultural and Psychological Aspects of Health and Physical Activity||3|
|PHIL A400||Ethics, Community, and Society||3|
|PS A492||Senior Seminar in Politics||3|
|PSY A370||Behavioral Neuroscience||3|
|SOC A488||Capstone Seminar||3|
|STAT A308||Intermediate Statistics for the Sciences||3|
|SWK A406||Social Welfare: Policies and Issues||3|
|TECH A453||Capstone Project||3|
|THR A492||Senior Seminar||3|