2014-2015 Catalog

2014-15 catalog coverThe 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 PhD degree students.

The catalog is updated each academic year to reflect changes in academic rules and degree requirements. If you are looking for a different academic year than the one listed above, view our archived catalogs.

Departments and individuals who wish to obtain printed copies of the 2014–2015 catalog may order them from UAF Printing Services (474-7316 or uaf-print@alaska.edu) and the CRCD Bookstore (474-7711 or CRCD-gotbooks@alaska.edu). Single copies of the academic catalog will cost between $20–25 each, depending in part on the type of binding requested.

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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 Plan Options

Using Your Meal Plan

Where to Get More Information

Services and Resources

Academic Advising and Learning Assistance

Academic Advising Center

Community and Technical College Student Assistance and Advising Center

Rural Student Services

International Student Advising

Student Support Services

Tutoring Services

Academic Records, Registration and Graduation

Alumni Association


Financial Assistance




Campus Recreation

Career Services

Continuing Education and Professional Development

Cooperative Extension Service

Developmental Education

Disability Services

Diversity and Equal Opportunity


General Studies

Greek Life at UAF

Honor Societies

Honors Program


Program Features


New Student Orientation

Northern Military Programs

PolarExpress Identification Card

Police and Fire Departments

Post Office

Student Health and Counseling Center

Student Services

Study Away Programs

National Student Exchange

Study Abroad And International Exchange Programs

Summer Sessions and Lifelong Learning

Testing Services

Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity

Upward Bound

Women's Center

Wood Center

Occupational Endorsements

How to Earn an Occupational Endorsement

Occupational Endorsements

General University Requirements

Residence Credit

Residency Requirement

Occupational Endorsement Requirements

Occupational Endorsement Programs

Certificates and Associate Degrees

How to Earn a Certificate or Associate Degree

General University Requirements



Second Associate Degree

Degree Requirements and Time Limits

Exceptions to Degree Requirements

Residency Requirement


Types of Certificates and Associate Degrees

Certificate Requirements

General Associate Degree Requirements

Associate of Arts Requirements

Associate of Applied Science Requirements

Associate of Science Requirements

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

Graduate Certificates

Requirements for Graduate Certificates

Requirements for Graduate Degrees

Master's Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy Degree

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 Natural Resources Management and Geography

Specialized Programs

Peace Corps Master's International Program

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 Map


Catalog Addendum

About this Online Catalog


Academic calendar

Degrees and Programs at a Glance


Welcome to UAF


UAF Facts and Figures

Degrees Conferred, Spring 2013

Student Profile, Fall 2013

Estimated 2014 - 2015 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

Community and Technical College Campus in Fairbanks

Interior-Aleutians Campus

Kuskokwim Campus in Bethel

Northwest Campus in Nome

eLearning and Distance Education

Colleges and Schools


Engineering and Mines

Fisheries and Ocean Sciences

Graduate School

Liberal Arts


Natural Resources and Extension

Natural Science and Mathematics

Rural and Community Development

Research Institutes, Centers and Consortia

Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station

Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Alaska Native Language Center

Alaska Quaternary Center

Alaska Sea Grant

Institute of Arctic Biology

Arctic Region Supercomputing Center

Center for Cross-Cultural Studies

School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Juneau Center

Geophysical Institute

Center for Global Change and Arctic System Research

International Arctic Research Center

Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center

Institute of Marine Science

Institute of Northern Engineering

University of Alaska Museum of the North


Getting Started

Applying for Admission: Occupational Endorsement Programs

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

When to Apply

Admission Requirements

English Proficiency Requirements

Where to Get More Information

Transferring Credits

Transferring Credits

Transferring Credits within the UA System

Alternate Ways to Earn Credit

Testing Services

Credit for National Exams

UAF Credit by Exam

UAF Advanced Placement Credit

Credit for Prior Learning

Competency Testing


Academic Advising is Required

Non-degree Students

High School and Secondary School Students

Course Placement

Placement Requirements

Placement Tests

Course Prerequisites

Writing and Mathematics

Foreign Language

Adding, Dropping and Withdrawing from Classes

Nonattendance Drop Policy


Withdrawals After the Deadline

Faculty-initiated Drop or Withdrawal

Directed and Individual Study

Where to Get More Information

Academics and Regulations

Academics and Regulations

Communication via Email

Class Standing

Full- or Part-time Status/Study Load

Grading Options

Credit/No-Credit Option


Changing from Credit to Audit

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

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

Tuition Waivers


Tuition and Fees

Refund Processing Timeline

Exception to Policy: Appeal for Refund of Tuition



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

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