Certificate Requirements

Certificate programs vary in length; however, you can usually complete them in one year. Certificates are awarded in specific occupational fields with emphasis on entering the job market. These certificates can serve as the basis for additional education and are the first step toward an associate of applied science (A.A.S.) degree. For specific major requirements, refer to the degrees and programs section.

If your degree program is delivered collaboratively within the UA system, credits you earn from each UA institution will be counted toward fulfillment of the degree requirements and fulfillment of the minimum institutional residency requirements.

You may enroll in any course for which you are eligible. To earn a certificate, you must formally be admitted to a certificate program and you must earn at least 30 credits, including transfer credit. Fifteen semester hours must be residence credits. You must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in all course work, as well as in your major. Programs of study for which certificates are granted must contain a recognizable body of instruction in the program-related areas of communication, computation and human relations.

Additional appropriate topics may include safety, industrial safety and environmental awareness. Instruction in the related instructional areas may be embedded within the program curriculum or taught in blocks of specialized instruction. Each approach, however, will have clearly identified content that is pertinent to the general program of study.

Note: Students planning to go on to a bachelor's degree need to work closely with their advisors and are encouraged to select courses meeting core requirements and courses designated within majors and minors. Only those courses with an "X" designator count toward the baccalaureate core.

Requirements (Credits)

Communication (2 - 3 credits)

Complete one of the following:

  • ENGL F111X--Introduction to Academic Writing (3)
  • ABUS F170--Business English (3)
  • ABUS F271--Business Communications (3)
  • ENGL F211X--Academic Writing about Literature (3)
  • ENGL F212--Business, Grant and Report Writing* (3)
  • ENGL F213X--Academic Writing about the Social and Natural Sciences (3)
  • COMM F131X--Fundamentals of Oral Communication: Group Context (3)
  • COMM F141X--Fundamentals of Oral Communication: Public Context (3) or successful completion of competency test
  • DEVS F104--University Communications (1 - 3)
  • DEVS F105--Intensive Reading Development (3)
  • Other program-approved discipline-based communication course or discipline-based courses with embedded communication content. (2 - 3)

* ENGL F212 does not fulfill the second half of the written communication requirement for the bachelor's degree.

Computation (2 - 3 credits)

Complete one of the following:

  • Any course at the F100-level or above in mathematical sciences (computer science, math or statistics). (3)
  • ABUS F155--Business Math (3)
  • DEVM F105--Intermediate Algebra (3)
  • ECE F117--Math Skills for Early Childhood Educators (3)
  • HLTH F116--Mathematics in Health Care (3)
  • HUMS F117--Math Skills for Human Services (3)
  • PRT F155--Mathematics for Technicians (3)
  • TTCH F131--Mathematics for the Trades (3)
  • Other program-approved discipline-based computation course or discipline-based courses with embedded computation content. (2 - 3)

Human Relations (2 - 3 credits)

Complete one of the following:

  • ANTH F100X/SOC F100X--Individual, Society and Culture (3)
  • ABUS F154--Human Relations (3)
  • ANL F287--Teaching Methods for Alaska Native Languages (3)
  • ECE F245--Child Development (3)
  • ED/PSY F245--Child Development (3)
  • HLTH F106--Human Behavior in Health Care (3)
  • HUMS F120--Cultural Diversity in Human Services (3)
  • RHS F110--Cross-Cultural Bridging Skills (1) AND RHS F115--Issues of Personal Development (2)
  • Other program-approved discipline-based human relations or discipline-based courses with embedded human relations content. (2 - 3)

Major specialty (at least 21 credits)

Electives to total (30 credits)