2008 UAF catalog coverThe General Catalog is a complete guide to studying at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The catalog includes information on admission and graduation requirements, the academic calendar, and program and course listings for certificate, associate, bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. degree students.

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Services and Resources

Academic Advising and Assistance

Academic Advising Center

Tanana Valley Campus Advising Center

Rural Student Services

International Student Advising

Student Support Services

Tutoring Services

Academic Computing

Academic Records, Registration and Graduation

Alumni Association


Financial Assistance



Athletics and Recreation


Intramural Sports

Intercollegiate Athletics

Career Services

Continuing Education

Cooperative Extension Service

Developmental Education

Disability Services

Exchange Programs

National Student Exchange

Study Abroad And International Exchange Programs

General Studies

Greek Life at UAF

Health and Counseling

Honor Societies

Honors Program


Program Features


Multicultural Affairs and Diversity

MyUA Portal

Orientation Program

PolarExpress Identification Card

Police and Fire Departments

Post Office

Student and Enrollment Services

Summer Sessions

Testing Services

Upward Bound Program

Women's Center

Wood Center

Academics and Regulations

Academics and Regulations

Communication via E-Mail

Class Standing

Full- or Part-time Status/Study Load

Grading System and Grade Point Average Computation


Academic Progress

Academic Standards

Good Standing

Academic Honors


Academic Disqualification

Academic Dismissal

Appeal of Academic Decisions

Grade Error Policy

Grade Appeals Policy

Academic Decisions Other Than Grades

Students' Rights and Responsibilities

Student Code of Conduct

Student Behavioral Standards

Information Release and FERPA

Occupational Endorsements, Certificates and Associate Degrees

How to Earn an Occupational Endorsement, Certificate or Associate Degree

General University Requirements



Second Associate Degree

Degree Requirements and Time Limits

Exceptions to Degree Requirements

Residence Credit

Residency Requirement


Occupational Endorsements

Occupational Endorsement Requirements

Types of Certificates and Associate Degrees

Certificate Requirements

General Associate Degree Requirements

Associate of Arts Requirements

Associate of Applied Science Requirements

Occupational Endorsement, Certificate and Associate Degree Programs

Bachelor's Degrees

How to Earn a Bachelor's Degree

General University Requirements




Second Bachelor's Degree

Double Degrees

Residence Credit

Residency Requirement

Degree Requirements and Time Limits

Exceptions to Degree Requirements

Reserving Courses for Graduate Programs


Types of Bachelor's Degrees

Bachelor's Degree Requirements

The Core Curriculum

Course Classifications for the Baccalaureate Core

Baccalaureate Core

Beyond the Core

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Business Administration

Bachelor of Emergency Management

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Bachelor of Music

Bachelor of Technology

Bachelor's Degree Programs

Pre-Professional Opportunities

Graduate Degrees

How to Earn a Graduate Degree

Academics, Policies and Regulations

General University Requirements

Graduate Advisory Committee

Graduate Study Plan

Changing Programs

Advancement to Candidacy



Graduate Assistantships

Requirements for Graduate Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy Degree

Master's Degrees

Exceptions to Degree Requirements

Types of Master's Degrees

Master of Arts -- with Thesis

Master of Arts -- with Project

Master of Arts in Teaching

Master of Science -- with Project

Master of Science -- with Thesis

Master of Business Administration

Master of Civil Engineering

Master of Education

Master of Electrical Engineering

Master of Fine Arts

Master of Software Engineering

Specialized Programs

Peace Corps Master's International Program

Where to Get More Information

Graduate Degree Programs

Course Descriptions

How to Read the Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions


UAF Administration, Faculty and Emeriti

UA Board of Regents

UAF Administration




Fairbanks Campus Maps


Catalog Addendum

About this Online Catalog

Academic calendar


Welcome to UAF


Degrees and Programs at a Glance

UAF at a Glance

Degrees Conferred, Spring 2007

Student Profile, Fall 2007

Estimated 2008 - 2009 UAF Annual Costs

The UAF Experience

UAF - Then and Now



UAF's Mission

Commitment to Quality


Fairbanks Campus

Troth Yeddha'

Community Campuses

Bristol Bay Campus in Dillingham

Chukchi Campus in Kotzebue

Interior-Aleutians Campus

Kuskokwim Campus in Bethel

Northwest Campus in Nome

Tanana Valley Campus in Fairbanks

Center for Distance Education and Independent Learning

Colleges and Schools


Engineering and Mines

Fisheries and Ocean Sciences

Graduate School

Liberal Arts


Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences

Natural Science and Mathematics

Rural and Community Development

Research Institutes and Centers

Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station

Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Alaska Native Language Center

Alaska Quaternary Center

Alaska Sea Grant College Program

Institute of Arctic Biology

Arctic Region Supercomputing Center

Center for Cross-Cultural Studies

Office of Electronic Miniaturization

School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Juneau Center

Fishery Industrial Technology Center

Geophysical Institute

Center for Global Change and Arctic System Research

International Arctic Research Center

Institute of Marine Science

Institute of Northern Engineering

University of Alaska Museum of the North

Getting Started

Applying for Admission: Occupational Endorsements

When to Apply

How to Apply

Admission Requirements

Program Completion

Where to Get More Information

Applying for Admission: Certificate or Associate Degree Programs

When to Apply

How to Apply

Admission Requirements

Transfer Students

High School Students

Home-Schooled Students

After Acceptance

Request To Postpone

Readmission of Former Degree-seeking Students

Where to Get More Information

Applying for Admission: Bachelor's Degree Programs

When to Apply

How to Apply

Admission Requirements


General Studies

Transfer Students

Probational Acceptance

High School Students

Home-Schooled Students

After Acceptance

Conditional and Final Acceptance

Request to Postpone

Applying for a Second Bachelor's Degree

Readmission of Former Degree-seeking Students

Where to Get More Information

Applying for Admission: Graduate Degree Programs

When to Apply

How to Apply

Admission Requirements

After Acceptance

Request to Postpone

Where to Get More Information

Applying for Admission: International Students

Special Instructions for International Students

English Proficiency Requirements

Undergraduate Course Placement and Transfer Credits

Course Placement

Mandatory Placement

English and Mathematics

Foreign Language

Transferring Credits

Transferring Credits within the UA System

Alternate Ways to Earn Credit

UAF Advanced Placement Credit

Credit by Exam

Credit for Prior Learning

Independent Learning


Registration is Essential

Academic Advising

Placement Tests

Course Prerequisites

Non-degree Students

High School and Secondary School Students

Grading Options

Credit/No-Credit Option


Changing from Credit to Audit

Adding, Dropping and Withdrawing from Classes

Adding a Class

Dropping a Class

Non-Attendance Drop Policy

Withdrawing Before the Student-Initiated Deadline

Withdrawing After the Student-Initiated Deadline

Faculty-initiated Drop or Withdrawal

Where to Get More Information

Costs and Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees


Resident and Non-Resident Tuition

Basic Student Fees (table)

Other Fees (table)

Paying Tuition and Fees

Consequences of Not Paying

Payment Plans


Refund Processing Timeline

Tuition Refund Exceptions



Financial Aid

What is Financial Aid

Who Receives Financial Aid

How to Apply for Financial Aid

Costs of Attending UAF

How Eligibility is Determined

Scholarships, Grants and Tuition Waivers

Graduate Assistantships


Student Employment

Veterans' Services

Remaining Eligible for Aid

Payment to the Student

Important Financial Aid Dates

Rights and Responsibilities of Accepting Financial Aid

Where to Get More Information

Housing and Dining


Single Student Housing


Application Process


Consequences of Canceling a Housing Contract

Halls and Rooms

EDGE Program

Room Use During Vacation Periods

Family Housing/Graduate Housing


Application Process



Immunization Policy and Housing

Mandatory Immunizations and Tests

Where to Get More Information

Dining Services

The UAF Dining Experience

Meal Plans