2007-2008 Academic Catalog

Degree Programs

Arts and Sciences

School of Education
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B.A.S. Degree

Minimum Requirements for Degree: 120 credits

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The arts and sciences degree program instructs students in the subject areas encompassed in Alaska teacher content and performance standards: English/language arts, mathematics, science, geography, government and citizenship, history, skills for a healthy life, arts, world languages and technology.

The B.A.S. program is a broad-based major, concentrating on key principles and content knowledge in mathematics and science, the social sciences, humanities and fine arts.

Students in the B.A.S. degree program are advised by the School of Education. B.A.S. majors may choose any approved minor. Students who are interested in being teachers are encouraged to choose the education minor.

Major--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* or MATH 161X*, COMM 131X* or COMM 141X*, and two different science discipline 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 two additional laboratory courses in the two 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)
           or ENGL 308--Survey of British Literature: Beowulf to the Romantic Period (3)
           or another literature-focus course (3)--3 credits
      ENGL 317--Traditional English Grammar--3 credits
    5. Complete the following psychology and language development requirements:
      LING 100 Language, Education and Linguistics (3)
           or LING 101--Nature of Language (3)
           or LING 303W,O--Language Acquisition (3)--3 credits
      PSY 240--Lifespan Developmental Psychology (3)
           or PSY 245-- (3)--3 credits
    6. Complete creative expression course or courses from applied courses in music, theatre, photography or art.  3
    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 senior seminar requirements:
      LAS 410W,O/2--Scientific Research--3 credits
      ED 486O/2--Media Literacy--3 credits
    9. Complete the following technology requirement:
      ED 237--Technology Tools for Teachers--.5–2 credits
      --This course is divided into four modules. Students have the option to test out of any of the four modules or enroll in and successfully complete for a passing grade any module that has not been successfully challenged.
    10. Complete the following Praxis test requirement:
      --B.A.S. students will be required to have Alaska passing scores on the Praxis I and the Praxis II (test 0014) prior to completing their last semester. Praxis I assesses reading, writing and math; Praxis II "Elementary Content Knowledge" assesses broad knowledge and background in English/language, arts, math, science and social sciences.
  3. Complete minor complex**--15 credits
  4. Complete electives--0–8 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.