2001-2002 UAF Catalog

Degrees and Programs

Arts and Sciences

College of Liberal Arts
Academic Advising Center
(907) 474-6396

Degree: B.A.S.

Minimum Requirements for Degree: 120 credits

The arts and sciences degree program provides comprehensive instruction in the subject areas encompassed in Alaska content and performance standards for elementary education. These subject areas are: English/language arts, mathematics, science, geography, government and citizenship, history, skills for a healthy life, arts, world languages and technology. The B.A.S. degree provides a foundation in these areas for students planning to become elementary school teachers. Required courses and electives meet the broad-based learning needs of future elementary school teachers.

The B.A.S. degree provides appropriate instruction in mathematics and science so that students will complete the degree program with the necessary background and confidence to teach these subjects as well as themselves become teachers. The B.A.S. degree also provides the necessary breadth and educational opportunities in the social sciences and humanities/fine arts to provide future elementary teachers with the necessary understanding of key principles and content knowledge to later teach these subjects competently.

Students in the B.A.S. degree program who have not declared a minor are advised by the Academic Advising Center. Those who have declared a minor will be assigned an advisor in the department which offers that minor. B.A.S. majors may choose any approved minor. However, those preparing to teach in elementary (K-6) schools are encouraged to choose the education minor.

Students who satisfactorily complete the B.A.S. degree with an education minor will be particularly well-positioned, not only to apply for admission into the fifth-year licensure program at UAF, but also to directly enter into the 9-month series of graduate-level courses and a teaching internship in a classroom with a mentor teacher.

Undergraduate Program


Bachelor of Arts and Sciences -- B.A.S. Degree

  1. Complete the general university requirements. (As part of the core curriculum requirements, complete the following: ART/MUS/THR 200X*, HIST 100X*, ANTH/SOC 100X*, ENG/FL 200X*, MATH 107X*, COMM 131X*, and two different science discipline breadth-emphasis laboratory courses selected from biology*, chemistry*, physics* and geoscience*. Two years of a non-English language highly recommended.)
  2. Complete the following B.A.S. degree major requirements in addition to the core:*
    1. Complete the following mathematics requirements:
      MATH 205 -- Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I (3 credits)
      MATH 206 -- Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers II (3 credits)
    2. Complete 2 additional breadth-emphasis laboratory courses in the 2 science disciplines not completed for the baccalaureate core.
    3. Complete the following social sciences requirements:
      GEOG 101 -- World Regional Geography (3 credits)
      HIST 131 -- History of the U.S. (3)
           or HIST 132 -- History of the U.S. (3) (3 credits)
      HIST 461W -- History of Alaska (3 credits)
      PS 101 -- Introduction to American Government and Politics (3 credits)
    4. Complete the following literature, grammar and writing requirements:
      ENGL 271 -- Introduction to Creative Writing -- Fiction (3)
           or ENGL 272 -- Introduction to Creative Writing -- Poetry (3)
           or ENGL 313W -- Writing Non-Fiction Prose (3)
           or ENGL 314W,O/2 -- Technical Writing (3)
           or JRN 311W -- Magazine Article Writing (3) (3 credits)
      ENGL 306 -- Survey of American Literature: Beginnings to the Civil War (3)
           or ENGL 307 -- Survey of American Literature: Civil War to the Present (3) (3 credits)
      ENGL 317 -- Traditional English Grammar (3 credits)
    5. Complete the following psychology and language development requirements:
      LING 101 -- Nature of Language (3)
           or LING 303W,O -- Language Acquisition (3) (3 credits)
      PSY 240 -- Lifespan Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
    6. Complete creative expression course or courses from applied courses in music, theater, photography or art. (3 credits)
    7. Complete the following understanding diversity and culture requirements:
      ANTH 242 -- Native Cultures of Alaska (3 credits)
      Course selected from a list developed by the review committee (3 credits)
    8. Complete the following interdisciplinary senior seminar requirements:
      LAS 410W,O/2 -- Scientific Research (3 credits)
      LAS 420W,O/2 -- Social Science Inquiry and Research (3)
           or LAS 430W,O/2 -- Language Arts and the Humanities: Creative Activities and Research (3) (3 credits)
  3. Complete minor complex ** (15 credits)
  4. Complete electives (7 credits)
  5. Minimum credits required (120 credits)

* Student must earn a C grade or better in each course.

** Departmental requirements for minors may exceed this 15 credit minimum. See other program descriptions for specific minor requirements.

Note: For the B.A.S. degree program, at least 39 credits must be taken in upper division (300- and 400-level) courses. Courses taken to fulfill the B.A.S. degree can also be counted for content minors or second majors.