College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics
Department of Physics
Minimum Requirements for Degree: 130 credits
The B.S. degree program in general science provides a broad background in the natural sciences. The program allows specialization in at least two disciplines within the natural sciences as well as an additional area of associated interest. This degree offers more breadth in the natural sciences than other degree programs and may be classified as an interdisciplinary degree.
- Complete the general university requirements.
- Complete the B.S. degree requirements.
- Complete the following program (major) requirements:*
BIOL 105XFundamentals of Biology I 4 credits
BIOL 106XFundamentals of Biology II 4 credits
CHEM 105XGeneral Chemistry** 4 credits
CHEM 106XGeneral Chemistry** 4 credits
GEOS 101XThe Dynamic Earth 4 credits
GEOS 112XThe History of Earth and Life 4 credits
MATH 107XFunctions for Calculus 3 credits
MATH 108Trigonometry 3 credits
MATH 200XCalculus*** 4 credits
PHYS 103XCollege Physics** 4 credits
PHYS 104XCollege Physics** 4 credits
- Select 1 of the following by the start of the junior year:****
a. Two majors.
b. One major and two minors.
- Complete 1 major from the following: biological sciences, chemistry, geosciences or physics. The major requires the completion of at least 20 credits in addition to the foundation courses in the discipline.* 20 credits
- Complete 1 of the following:
a. Complete a second major from the following: biological sciences, chemistry, geosciences, physics or mathematics. The major requires the completion of at least 20 credits in addition to the foundation courses in the discipline.* 20 credits
b. Complete 2 minors, one of which must be in the
natural sciences or mathematics, while the other
may be selected from the following disciplines: anthropology,
English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, history,
political science or economics. The minor must include
12 or more credits in addition to the foundation
courses in that discipline.* 24 credits
- Minimum credits required 130
* Student must earn a C grade or better in each course.
** PHYS 211X, 212X and 213X may substitute for PHYS 103X and 104X.
CHEM 212 may substitute for CHEM 105X and 106X. Complete a B.S. degree mathematics
elective for 3 credits if MATH 107X and MATH 108 are not taken.
*** A student does not need to take MATH 107X and MATH 108 if the student
completes MATH 200X with a C or better.
**** A general science student, after meeting with his/her general
science advisor, should contact the head of the major/minor department as
early as possible to determine course requirements in that discipline. These
courses will be determined by the department head of the discipline and will
reflect the student’s needs as well as the intent of the general science
Note: One year of German or Russian is recommended.
Requirements for General Science Teachers (grades 712)*
- Complete all the requirements of the general science B.S.
- If the student opts for one major and two minors, both must represent science or mathematics disciplies:
- All prospective science teachers must complete one of the following:
PHIL 380Conceptual Foundations of Science (3)
or PHIL 382Science and Technological Limits (3)
or PHIL 481Philosophy of Science (3) 3 credits
Note: We strongly recommend that prospective secondary science teachers seek advising from the UAF School of Education early in your undergraduate degree program so that you can be appropriately advised of the state of Alaska requirements for teacher licensure. You will apply for admission to the UAF School of Education’s post-baccalaureate teacher preparation program, a one-year intensive program, during your senior year. Above requirements apply to all candidates who apply to the UAF School of Education Spring 2006 or later, for licensure in General Science.