Special Courses

If you have any questions about courses or have ideas for courses you'd like to see us do, please call Michelle Bartlett at 474-7021, or email summer@alaska.edu.

 Community Courses

UAF Summer Sessions & Lifelong Learning offers a variety of credit and non-credit bearing courses accessible to members of the community without the requirements of typical college courses. Many of these courses are practical, hands-on workshop style classes taught by local experts. Browse the courses below, and navigate to the Registration for Community Members page to start your learning adventure!

ART F041-FQ1 - Botanical Art: Tropical Plants in January
CRN 36740
Instructor: Karen Stomberg
Jan 3-5
Friday, 6:00pm-8:30pm
Saturday-Sunday, 10:00am-4:00pm
Cost: $155.00

ART F041-FQ1– Cyanotypes: Hands-on Photography
CRN 336547
Jan 4-5 
Sat-Sun, 1:00-6:00 pm
Taught by: J. Lazarus 
Cost: $135.00

NONC F046-FQ1  - Bicycle Maintenance and Repair
CRN 36549
Instructor: Simon Rakower
Jan 6-10
Monday-Friday, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost: $135.00

ART F040-FQ1 - Bookmaking- Collage as Content
CRN 36545
Instructor: Margo Klass
Course Details
Jan 10-12
Friday 6:00pm-8:30pm
Saturday-Sunday 10:00am-4:00pm
Cost: $180.00

ART  F040-FQ1  - Understanding Your Digital Camera 
CRN 36548
Jan 11-12
Saturday-Sunday, 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
Taught by: J. Lazarus 
Cost: $135.00

NONC F041 - Knitting for the Absolute Beginner
CRN 36550
Jan 3, 6, 10
Fridays and Monday
6:00-9:00 pm
Bunnell Building, Room 319
Taught by: V. Kinne
Cost: $150.00

Bicycle Maintenance and Repair   (CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19)
Instructor: Simon Rakower
Course No: NONC F046-F01 (CRN 51138)
Meets: May 5-June 4
Tuesdays 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
U Park 102
Comprehensive and practical, hands-on bicycle maintenance and repair focusing on road and mountain bikes. Emphasis on drive chain, shifting, brakes, wheels (straightening), tires, tubes (flats), steering systems, cable replacement and lubrication. 
Noncredit. Cost: $135

Advanced Bike Hacking   (CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19)
Instructor: Simon Rakower
Course No: NONC F043-F01 (CRN 51136)
Meets: May 7-June 4
Thursdays 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
U Park 102
Students will work on bicycle hacking projects of their choosing using the information and techniques covered in the Bicycle Maintenance and Repair course. 
Noncredit. Cost: $135

Understanding Your Digital Camera
Instructor: Jason Lazarus
Course No: ART F041-F01 (CRN 51013), COJO F041-F01 (CRN 51051)
Meets: May 9-10
Saturday-Sunday 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
Introduction to digital photography for the student with limited or no photographic experience. Students are required to bring their own digital camera.  Taught by video chat.
Noncredit. Cost: $130

Basic Home Maintenance 101
Instructor: Kevin Turnbough
Course No: NONC F051-F01 (CRN 52706)
Meets: June 15-29
Monday and Tuesday, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Build your basic repair knowledge, skills and confidence to best maintain your home, apartment or cabin. Examine several of the key systems which work together to make your living environment comfortable, safe and efficient.
Learn about tool selection and safe use practices, as well as basic repairs, such as clearing clogged drains/toilets, replacing a light switch or fixture, small drywall patching, replacing a door knob or deadbolt lock set, replacing caulking around fixtures/doors/windows, replacing hardware on furniture and cabinets. Discussion of different materials and hardware, when to use what, and knowing whether to do it yourself or call a professional to handle the repair.
Noncredit. Cost: $135

Let’s Play Golf   (CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19)
Instructor: James Contreras
Course No: NONC F041-F01 (CRN 51135)
Meets: June 9-July 16
Tuesday & Thursday 12:30 pm-2:00 pm
Fairbanks Golf Course
Do you want to learn to play golf? Do you want to improve your swing? PGA professional J.C. Contreras will work with you to achieve your goals.
Noncredit. Cost: $225

Let’s Play Golf II   (CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19)
Instructor: James Contreras
Course No: NONC F041-F01 (CRN 52512)
Meets: June 9-July 16
Tuesday & Thursday 2:30 pm-4:00 pm
Fairbanks Golf Course
Ready to ramp your golf skills up to the next level? PGA professional J.C. Contreras will work with you to achieve your goals.
Noncredit. Cost: $225

Paint Like Sydney Laurence
Instructor: Mary Albanese
Course No: NONC F042-F01 (CRN 51012)
Meets: June 15-19
Monday-Friday, 3:00 pm-7:00 pm
Study a collection of paintings by Sydney Laurence and Fred Machetanz up close. Following visual examination, students will create studies of the works through their own drawings and paintings, capturing and recreating elements of the master's work, focusing on elements of composition, color scheme, and brush stroke techniques. Taught by video chat.

Portrait Photography Workshop   (CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19)
Instructor: JR Ancheta
Course No: NONC F045-F01 (CRN 52689)
Meets: June 26-28
Friday, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Saturday-Sunday, 10:00 am-4:00 pm
MUS 305
Learn how to make portraits with JR Ancheta. This course will teach students basic techniques in creating portraits with available light. This course is a basic introduction to portrait photography.
Noncredit. Cost: $160

Field Illustration I and II   (CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19)
Instructor: Jamie Smith
Course No: ART F195-F01 (CRN 52735) and ART F395-F01 (CRN coming soon)
3 Credit. Cost: $669-$807
June 29-Aug 7
Monday-Friday, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
Art 317
Studio course on creating illustrations based on direct observations and reference sketches made throughout the Interior community. Focus is on interpretation of diverse regional landscapes using representational imagery that depicts spaces and places unique to Alaska.

Adult Bug Camp
Instructor: Derek Sikes
Course No: BIOL F040-F01 (CRN 51030)
Meets: July 10-12
Friday, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Saturday-Sunday, 1:00 pm-6:15 pm
Murie 302
Learn collection and processing methods needed to build an insect collection. Skills necessary to identify most groups to Order will be taught. Students will create a collection which will be broken into three groups: specimens the student can take home, specimens for the University of Alaska Museum Insect Collection, and specimens for the Teaching Collection.
Noncredit. Cost: $130

Instructor: Shasta Pomeroy
Course No: NONC F047-F01 (52725)
Meets: July 17-19
Friday-Sunday, Friday, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
Saturday-Sunday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
U Park 101
Introduction to forensic science. In this 3-day camp students will learn the basics of scientific processing and methods for investigating crime scenes. Students will learn about fingerprinting, photography, bloodstain patterns, and much more.Noncredit. Cost: $190

Intro to Genetic Engineering with CRISPR
Instructor: James Dart
Course No: NONC F051-F01 (52708)
July 27-31
Mondays, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm
In this online course we will emulate engineering the DNA of a living organism using CRISPR. This is the exact same state of the art technique that scientists all over the world are now using in medicine, agriculture, environmental science and more recently with COVID-19 testing. This technology, which is in the news daily,  is so precise, inexpensive and powerful that it is likely that everyone reading this will be directly affected by it in the not too distant future.  So now, while you are sheltering in place, is a good time to find out how it works.

This course will include five one hour online live demonstrations.  What we will cover: Basic molecular biology concepts; A "hands-on" CRISPR lab (emulated) to genetically re-engineer a bacterial DNA; Learn what online computer resources are available for CRISPR research; Find out where to go from here to pursue this study.
Noncredit. Cost: $135

How do I drop a class?
You can use UAOnline to drop a class if  you are within the no-penalty period. You can also use the form below:

More information about dates, deadlines, and fees can be foud on the Dates and Finances page. 

It is extremely important to drop or withdraw from courses that you do not plan to attend. Doing this can save you money, prevent a failing grade on your transcript, and eliminate the posibility of holds on your account.

How do I find out more information about Parking?
Visit the UAF Parking Services website for more information and maps of parking areas on campus. Parking is free in all lots between 5PM and 7AM and on weekends.


Field Courses (Cancelled for Summer 2020)


Each year, UAF Summer Sessions & Lifelong Learning offers field school opportunities for students looking to get hands-on field experience in the subjects they are studying. Click the button below to learn more about the field courses typcally offered.