General Education at UAA - The current (9/01) situation.

The UABGES has been charged with analyzing the UAA GER. Specifically, in terms of process and product, the charge is The Commission on Colleges has charged UAA with delivering a progress report in this area in Fall of 2002.

Some Questions

How may we best summarize the "weaknesses identified by the evaluation committee?"

What, if any, additional "weaknesses" has the UABGES identified? This question should be distinguished from "what ideal features does the current GER lack?" The addressing of this latter question might be part of the "action plan" UABGES has been charged to devise.

Summer task force Final Report

The Summer working group issued a report in which Three Options were described for revision of the General Education Requirements at UAA. In Options 1 and 2, it is assumed that an additional category of 8-9 credits would be added to the current categories. The Discussion Draft Document presented at the 10/25/01 meeting of UABGES opened the consideration of the content and implementation of such a new category.

The implementation of Option 3 has been associated in committee discussions with the current General Education Core  program at UAF. It may be timely to present a draft implementation of Option 3 as it would apply to a revision of the UAA requirements.

To meet the demands of coherence and mission, the following revisions in the previous century's GER preamble are suggested

GER Preamble
The General Education Requirements provide students with a common
educational experience that will foster the development of habits and
capabilities fundamental to personal growth and a productive life.
To this end, UAA students take courses in six basic areas: (1) Courses
in Written and Oral Communication develop the critical reading,
thinking, and communication faculties (writing, speaking, and listening)
necessary for personal and professional success. (2) Courses in
Quantitative Skills foster the analytical and mathematical abilities
necessary for success in undergraduate study and professional life. (3)
Courses in the Humanities consider the cultural, historical, literary,
aesthetic, ethical, and spiritual traditions shaping the contemporary
world. (4) Courses in the Fine Arts examine the historical, aesthetic,
critical, and creative aspects of art. (5) Courses in the Social
Sciences explore insights about individuals, groups, and cultures
derived from empirical methodologies. (6) Courses in the Natural
Sciences present theoretical and descriptive approaches to understanding
the natural and physical worlds. Throughout these studies, where
applicable, students are encouraged to master information technologies;
appreciate the multicultural reality or contemporary life, practice
critical thinking, and consider the ethical commitments informing
responsible citizenship. to consider implications for culture, ethics, and ideals;
to seek both local and global, national and international perspectives;
and to apply the critical function, whether aesthetic or analytic.
After completing the General Education Requirement, UAA students shall
be able to:
1 . Communicate effectively in a variety of contexts and formats
2. Reason mathematically, and analyze quantitative and qualitative data
competently to reach sound conclusions.
3. Relate knowledge to the historical context in which it developed and
the human problems it addresses.
4. Interpret different systems of aesthetic representation and
understanding their historical and cultural contexts.
5. Investigate the complexity of human institutions and behavior to
better understand interpersonal, group, and cultural dynamics.
6. Identify ways in which science has advanced the understanding of
important natural processes.
7. Locate and use relevant information to make appropriate personal and
professional decisions.
8. Comprehend the concepts and perspectives needed to function in a
multicultural society.
Adopt appropriate perspectives for understanding the forces of globalization and diversity.
9. Integrate creative and critical thinking and personal experience in a
meaningful and coherent manner.




Undergraduate baccalaureate study at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is characterized by a common set of learning experiences known as the Core Curriculum. The core provides students with a shared foundation of skills and knowledge that, when combined with specialized study in the major and other specific degree requirements, is designed to prepare students to better meet the demands of life in the 21st century. Through the baccalaureate core experience, every UAF student is expected to achieve:

* multidimensional competency in written and oral

                English -- including comprehension of complex materials

                and creation of clearly organized presentations of soundly reasoned thought in both oral and written form;

* a solid grasp of quantitative reasoning and mathematical application;

* an intellectual comfort with the sciences -- including the objectivity of the scientific method, the frameworks that have nurtured scientific thought, the traditions of human inquiry, and the impact of technology on the world's ecosystems;

* an appreciation of cultural diversity and its implications

                for individual and group values, aesthetics and social and political institutions;

* an understanding of our global economic interdependence, sense of historical consciousness and a more critical

                comprehension of literature and the arts;

* a better understanding of one's own values, other value systems and the relationship between value systems

                and life choices.

Through better integration of knowledge, it is expected that UAF graduates will more fully understand the changing world in which they will be expected to function. If you completed your bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, you will be considered to have completed the equivalent of the baccalaureate core when you have been officially accepted to an undergraduate degree program at UAF.


Baccalaureate Core



Courses used to meet core requirements may not be used to meet any other requirements for a degree.

Requirements Credits

Communication (9 credits) (9 credits)

ENGL 111X -- Introduction to Academic Writing* (3 credits)

ENGL 211X -- Academic Writing about Literature

OR ENGL 213X -- Academic Writing about the Social and Natural Sciences (3 credits)

COMM 131X -- Fundamentals of Oral Communication:

                Group Context OR COMM 141X -- Fundamentals of

                Oral Communication: Public Context (3 credits)

*ENGL 190H may be substituted.

Perspectives on the Human Condition (18 credits) (18 credits)

(Humanities and social sciences) (18 credits)

Complete the following six courses:

ANTH 100X/SOC 100X -- Individual, Society and Culture (3 credits)

ECON 100X or PS 100X -- Political Economy (3 credits)

HIST 100X -- Modern World History (3 credits)

ART/MUS/THR 200X -- Aesthetic Appreciation:

                Interrelationship of Art, Drama and Music OR

                HUM 201X -- Unity in the Arts (3 credits)

ENGL/FL 200X -- World Literatures (3 credits)

COMM 300X -- Communicating Ethics OR

                JUST 300X -- Ethics and Justice OR

                NRM 303X -- Environmental Ethics and Actions OR

                PS 300X -- Values and Choices OR

                PHIL 322X -- Ethics (3 credits)

OR complete 12 credits from the above courses plus two semester-

                length courses in a single Alaska Native language or other

                non-English language or three semester-length courses (9 credits)

                in American Sign Language taken at the university level.

Mathematics (3 credits) (3 credits)

MATH 107X -- Functions of Calculus OR MATH 131X -- Concepts

                and Contemporary Applications of Mathematics 3

                OR MATH 200X, 201X, 202X, 262X, 272X or any math course

                having one of these as a prerequisite

* MATH 161 is not an equivalent course to MATH 107X.

Natural Sciences (8 credits) (8 credits)

Complete two 4-credit courses, with labs, from approved natural science core courses with depth or breadth emphasis. Both courses must be from the same emphasis area, that is, either breadth or depth.

Breadth emphasis

The two courses must be in different natural sciences or must be interdisciplinary in nature.

Select two courses from the following:

ATM 101X -- Weather and Climate of Alaska (4 credits)

BIOL 100X -- Human Biology (4)

                or BIOL 103X -- Biology and Society (4)

                or BIOL 104X -- Natural History (4) (4 credits)

CHEM 100X -- Chemistry and the Modern World (4 credits)

GEOG 205X -- Physical Geography (4 credits)

GEOS 100X -- Introduction to Earth Science OR GEOS 125X -- Humans, Earth

                and Environment OR GEOS 120X -- Glaciers, Earthquakes, Volcanoes (4 credits)

MSL 111X -- The Oceans (4 credits)

PHYS 102X -- Energy and Society OR PHYS 175X -- Astronomy (4 credits)

Depth emphasis

The two courses must be sequential courses or a two-semester survey in the basic natural sciences (biology, chemistry, earth science, physics). Select one sequence from the following:

BIOL 105X-106X -- Fundamentals of Biology I and II (8 credits)

BIOL 211X-212X -- Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II (8 credits)

CHEM 103X-104X -- Basic General Chemistry --

                Beginnings in Biochemistry (8 credits)

CHEM 105X-106X -- General Chemistry (8 credits)

GEOS 101X -- The Dynamic Earth and

                GEOS 112X -- History of Earth and Life (8 credits)

PHYS 103X-104X -- College Physics (8 credits)

PHYS 211X-212X -- General Physics (8 credits)

PHYS 211X-213X -- General Physics/Elementary Modern Physics (8 credits)

PHYS 212X-213X -- General Physics/Elementary Modern Physics (8 credits)

Library and Information Research (0 - 1 credit) 0 - 1

Successful completion of library skills competency test or

                LS 100X or 101X prior to junior standing 0 - 1

Two writing intensive courses designated (W) and one

                oral communication intensive course designated (O)

                or two oral communication intensive courses designated

                (O/2), at the upper-division level

                (see degree and/or major requirements) 0 additional

Total Credits Required 38 - 39

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