|2004-2005 UAF Catalog|
How to Read the Course Descriptions
This section contains complete information for all courses. Unless otherwise indicated, course frequency refers to the offering of courses at the Fairbanks campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The courses listed in this catalog are not offered at all UAF sites but could be offered if demand warrants and qualified faculty are available.
Courses are regularly offered at Bristol Bay Campus at Dillingham, Chukchi Campus at Kotzebue, Kuskokwim Campus at Bethel and Northwest Campus at Nome. Through the Interior-Aleutians Campus, courses are available at Fort Yukon, Galena, McGrath, Nenana, Tok and Unalaska. Information about the frequency of offerings of courses at these sites can be obtained from the local UAF representative.
The first numeral of a course numbered in the hundreds indicates the year in which the course is normally offered in its own department. For example, ENGL 111 is given for first-year students and ENGL 318 is given for third-year students. Freshman and sophomore students are cautioned to register for upper division (300- and 400-) level courses only if they have had adequate preparation and background to undertake advanced study in the field in which those courses are offered.
Stacked and Cross-listed Courses
The same course is sometimes offered by more than one discipline. Such offerings are referred to as "cross-listed” courses and are designated in the class listings by "cross-listed with ____”.
Courses are also sometimes offered simultaneously at different levels (for example: 100/200 or 400/600) with a higher level credit requiring additional effort and possibly higher order of prerequisites from the student. Such courses are referred to as "stacked” courses and are designated in the class listings by "stacked with _ ”. In the case of 400-/600-level stacked courses, graduate enrollment and a higher level of effort and performance is required on the part of students earning graduate credit.
Courses simultaneously stacked and cross-listed will be designated in the class listing as "Stacked with ____ and cross-listed with ____”.
Graduate students may not take any 600-level courses for credit if they have already received 400-level credit for that course in their undergraduate work. Individual exceptions to this rule include those courses where there has been a major shift in focus, and should be judged by the instructor and the department.
Special or Reserved Numbers
Courses identified with numbers ending in -92 are seminars; ending in -93 are special topics courses; -94, courses; -95, special topics summer session courses, offered only during the summer; -97 indicates individual study; -98 individual research; and -99, thesis.
Courses identified with these special or reserved numbers may be available at all levels (i.e., 193, 293, 393, etc.) at the discretion of any department, although offerings above the level of approved programs must be approved in advance by the Provost (e.g., 600-level offerings in areas without approved graduate programs). These courses may be repeated for credit.
Courses with the suffix X (ENGL 111X, MATH 103X), meet specific baccalaureate core requirements. Courses with suffixes W or O meet upper-division writing intensive or oral communication intensive course requirements for the baccalaureate core.
One credit represents satisfactory completion of 800 minutes of lecture or 1600 or 2400 minutes of laboratory, whichever is appropriate. Credit hours may not be divided, except one-half credit hours may be granted at the appropriate rate. For short courses and classes of less than one semester in duration, course hours may not be compressed into fewer than three days per credit. Any course compressed to less than six weeks must be approved by the college or school’s curriculum council. Furthermore, any core course compressed to less than six weeks must be approved by the core review committee.
Following the title of each course, the figures in parentheses indicate the number of lecture and laboratory hours the class meets each week for one semester. The first, lecture hours; the second, laboratory. For example (2+3) indicates that a class has two hours of lecture and three of laboratory work each week. The number of credits listed is for each semester. Thus "3 credits” means three credits may be earned. Credit may not be given more than once for the completion of a course unless the course has been designated as repeatable for credit.
The Baccalaureate Core
Courses that may be used to satisfy general baccalaureate core requirements have course numbers ending with the suffix X. For example, English 111X, Communication 141X and other such courses meet specific core requirements. See the requirements the baccalaureate core for a listing of other specific courses. Courses meeting the upper division writing intensive and oral communication intensive requirements for the baccalaureate core are identified in the course description section of the catalog with the following designators:
Two courses designated O/2 are required to complete the oral communication intensive requirement.
Specific Degree Requirements
Courses that may be used to satisfy specific degree requirements (e.g., humanities elective for the B.A. degree, or natural science elective for the B.S. degree) are identified in the course description section of this catalog by the following degree requirement designators:
For example, you may use ANTH 309Arctic Prehistory (3+0) s, to satisfy the "social science elective” requirement for the bachelor of arts degree. Some courses, including all special topics and individual study courses, are not given course classifications.
Course designated as meeting W or O requirements for the baccalaureate core may not meet written or oral communication requirements for degree requirements in effect prior to the fall of 1991. Courses which are offered only every other year are indicated by the specific year in which they are next scheduled. Courses with no year scheduled are offered every year, except as noted.
Not all courses are offered at every location of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Check the local class schedule for course offerings at other sites.
A frequency of offering designator such as "Offered Fall” or "Offered Alternate Spring” follows most course descriptions. While every effort is made to ensure this designator is correct, review the current class schedule or check with individual departments for the most accurate and up-to-date information on future course offerings.