1997-98 UAF Catalog

Course Descriptions

Course Description Index

In this section of the University of Alaska Fairbanks catalog, full course information for all courses is included.

Unless otherwise indicated, course frequency refers to the offering of courses at the Fairbanks campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The courses listed in this catalog are not offered at all UAF sites but could be offered if demand warrants and qualified faculty are available.

Courses are regularly offered at Bristol Bay Campus at Dillingham, Chukchi Campus at Kotzebue, Kuskokwim Campus at Bethel and Northwest Campus at Nome. In the Interior Campus, courses are available at Fort Yukon, McGrath, Nenana, Tok and Unalaska. Information about the frequency of offerings of courses at these sites can be obtained from the local UAF representative.

Course Numbers

The first numeral of a course numbered in the hundreds indicates the year in which the course is normally offered in its own department. For example, ENGL 111 is given for first-year students and ENGL 318 is given for third-year students. Freshman and sophomore students are cautioned to register for upper division (300 and 400) level courses only if they have had adequate preparation and background to undertake advanced study in the field in which those courses are offered.

000-049 -- Non-credit courses

050-099 -- Developmental courses

Developmental courses are preparatory courses which do not apply to associate, baccalaureate or graduate degrees.

100-299 -- Lower-division courses

300-499 -- Upper-division courses

Freshman and sophomore students may be required to obtain special permission to take 300 and 400 level courses unless such courses are required in the first two years of their curriculum as printed in this catalog.

500-599 -- Post-baccalaureate professional courses

500-level courses are intended as post-baccalaureate experiences for professionals who desire to continue their education at a level distinct from graduate level education. 500-level special topics and independent study courses (593, 595, 597) shall not apply toward any degree, certification or credential program. 500-level courses are not interchangeable with 600-level courses for graduate degree programs.

600-699 -- Graduate courses

A few well qualified undergraduates may be admitted to graduate courses with the permission of the head of the department in which the course is offered. Admission to graduate courses cross-listed with undergraduate courses requires graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

Special or Reserved Numbers -- Courses identified with numbers ending in -92 are seminars; ending in -93 are special topics courses; -94, approved trial courses; -95, special topics summer session courses, offered only during the summer; -97 indicates individual study; -98 individual research; and -99, thesis. Courses identified with these special or reserved numbers may be available at all levels (i.e., 193, 293, 393, etc.) at the discretion of any department, although offerings above the level of approved programs must be approved in advance by the Provost (Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Research) (e.g., 600-level offerings in areas without approved graduate programs). These courses may be repeated for credit.

Courses with a suffix of "X" (ENGL 111X, MATH 103X, meet specific baccalaureate core requirements. Courses with suffixes of "W" or "O" meet upper-division writing intensive or oral communication intensive course requirements for the baccalaureate core.

Course Credits

One credit represents satisfactory completion of 800 minutes of lecture or 1600 or 2400 minutes of laboratory, whichever is appropriate. Credit hours may not be divided, except one-half credit hours may be granted at the appropriate rate. For short courses and classes of less than one semester in duration, course hours may not be compressed into fewer than three days per credit. Any course compressed to less than six weeks must be approved by the college or school's curriculum council. Furthermore, any core course compressed to less than six weeks must be approved by the core review committee.

Following the title of each course, the figures in parentheses indicate the number of lecture and laboratory hours the class meets each week for one semester. The first, lecture hours; the second, laboratory. For example (2+3) indicates that a class has two hours of lecture and three of laboratory work each week. The number of credits listed is for each semester. Thus "3 credits" means three credits may be earned.

Credit may not be given more than once for the completion of a course unless the course has been designated as repeatable for credit.

Course Classification Identification

The Baccalaureate Core

Courses that may be used to satisfy general baccalaureate core requirements have course numbers ending with "X." For example, English 111X, Communication 141X and other such courses meet specific core requirements. See the requirements the baccalaureate core for a listing of other specific courses.

Courses meeting the upper division writing intensive and oral communication intensive requirements for the baccalaureate core are identified in the course description section of the catalog with the following designators:

O -- Oral Communication Intensive Course

W -- Writing Intensive Course

Two courses designated "O/2" are required to complete the oral communication intensive requirement.

Specific Degree Requirements

Courses that may be used to satisfy specific degree requirements (e.g., humanities elective for the B.A. degree, or natural science elective for the B.S. degree) are identified in the course description section of this catalog by the following designators:

h -- humanities

s -- social science

m -- mathematics

n -- natural science

For example, you may use ANTH 309, Arctic Prehistory (3+0) s, to satisfy the "social science elective" requirement for the Bachelor of Arts degree. Some courses, including all special topics and individual study courses, are not given course classifications.


Course designated as meeting "W" or "O" requirements for the baccalaureate core may not meet written or oral communication requirements for degree requirements in effect prior to the fall of 1991.

Courses which are offered only every other year are indicated by the specific year in which they are next scheduled.

Courses with no year scheduled are offered every year, except as noted.

Not all courses are offered at every location of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Check the local class schedule for course offerings at other sites.