Special Courses

Course information for the 2020 Community Courses and Field Schools will be available for viewing in mid-December.

Registration for degree-seeking students begins on February 10, 2020.  Open registration for all students begins on February 24, 2020 .

If you have any questions about courses or have ideas for courses you'd like to see us do, please call Michelle Bartlett at 474-6624, or email summer@alaska.edu.

For an idea of what courses are offered, take a look at the 2019 courses. 

 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

Adult English Language Camp
Instructor: Carolyn Kremers
Course No: NONC F041-F91 (xxxxx)
Meets: May 4-15
Monday-Friday, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
UAF Honors House
Understanding and appreciation of art, drama, and music through exploration of their relationship. Includes the creative process, structure, cultural application and diversity, the role of the artist in society, and popular movements and trends.
Noncredit. Cost: $300

Si Si! Summer Intensive Spanish Immersion
Instructor: Marina Cuzovic-Severn
Course No: SPAN F203-F91 (CRN 51162)
Meets: May 4-15
Monday-Friday, 10:00am-2:30pm
Gruening 609
Intensive two week language immersion. Verbal skills improvement. Includes role playing, problem solving and situational conversation. Conducted entirely in Spanish.
3 Credits. Cost: $669

Bicycle Maintenance and Repair
Instructor: Simon Rakower
Course No: NONC F046-F01 (CRN 51138)
Meets: May 5-June 4
Tuesdays 6:00pm-9:00pm
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
Instructor: Simon Rakower
Course No: NONC F043-F01 (CRN 51136)
Meets: May 7-June 4
Thursdays 6:00pm-9:00pm
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 1:00pm-6:00pm
Bunnell 319
Introduction to digital photography for the student with limited or no photographic experience. Students are required to bring their own digital camera.
Noncredit. Cost: $130

Lumen Printing and Handmade Photos
Instructor: Jason Lazarus
Course No: ART F040-F01 (CRN 51011), COJO F040-F01 (CRN 52385)
Meets: May 16-17
Saturday-Sunday 1:00pm-6:00pm
Bunnell 106
Instruction in the process of creating cameraless photographic prints with the power of the sun using expired and unused photo paper.
Noncredit. Cost: $130

Molds for Mixed Media and Iron Casting
Instructor: Wendy Croskrey
Course No: ART F240-F01 (CRN 52458), ART F440-F01 (CRN 52459)
Meets: May 29-June 5
Monday-Friday, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Saturday-Sunday 11:00am-4:00pm
Art 302
Course provides an individualized level of self-expression, style, and the mastery of the different techniques involved in creating molds for sculptural application. 
1 Credit. Cost: $223-$269

Adult Geocaching Camp
Instructor: Janet Taylor
Course No: NONC F044-F01 (52690)
Noncredit. Cost: $130
Meets: May 30-31
Saturday-Sunday, 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Murie 103
Come join in the fun of geocaching, the world's largest treasure hunt. This class will cover the basics for beginners. Download a geocaching app on your smartphone before the start of the course and be prepared for outdoor activity.
Noncredit. Cost: $130

Introduction to Expedition Kayaking
Instructor: Frank Olive
Course No: NONC F072-F01 (CRN Coming soon)
Meets: May 31-June 8
Sunday-Monday, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Birch Creek
Introduction to multi-day backcountry trips using inflatable kayaks. Spend two days getting comfortable with the boats, working on rescue systems, and working through the logistics for a week-long trip before heading out for a seven-day journey down Birch Creek. Birch Creek is a National Wild and Scenic river and this 110-mile trip is an awesome way to learn about and explore river tripping in Alaska.
No experience is necessary, but students must be physically able to quickly get in and out of a kayak, paddle a kayak in a seated position for 5-8 hours a day, and willing to accept the other physical and mental challenges of being in the wilderness for seven days.
Noncredit. Cost: $695


Intro to Aerial Silks
Instructor: Teal Rogers
Course No: NONC F048-F01 (52709)
Meets: June 2-25, July 7-30
Tuesday and Thursday, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Off Campus
Engage with your inner child while suspended off the ground! This class is geared towards active older adults who are looking for a slower-paced class, but want to stay in shape. No experience is necessary! Beginners are welcome to this hands-on course. You will get the “hang” of the foundational concepts and start progressive into a dynamic series of moves that will be sure to wear you out, in a good way.
We have no age or weight limit. Silks are a great workout for everybody!
Noncredit. Cost: $180

Bookmaking: Collage as Content
Instructor:  Margo Klass
Course No: ART F040-F01 (CRN 51010)
Meets:  June 5-7
Friday, 6:00pm-8:30pm
Saturday-Sunday, 10:00am-4:00pm
Murie 306
This non-traditional book structure is designed to include three-dimensional objects as both image and content. Participants are encouraged to bring small found objects to provide content for their box books.
Noncredit. Cost: $190

Paint Like Sydney Laurence
Instructor: Mary Albanese
Course No: NONC F042-F01 (CRN 51012)
Meets: June 15-19
Monday-Friday, 3:00pm-7:00pm
Art 303
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.
Noncredit. Cost: $200

Fly Fishing Weekend
Instructor: Shann Jones
Course No: NONC F041-F01 (CRN 51134)
Meets: June 6-7
Saturday-Sunday 8:30am-4:30pm
Chapman 104
Introduction to the art and science of fly-fishing, providing necessary knowledge to make educated fly tackle selections.  Scientific information on Alaskan freshwater fish, habitat, entomology, and stream ecology will be covered in the context of practical fishing advice.
Noncredit. Cost: $135

Basic Home Maintenance 101
Instructor: Kevin Turnbough
Course No: NONC F051-F01 (52706)
Meets: June 8-22
Monday and Tuesday, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
U Park 156
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.
Class format will include discussions, hands on activities and guest speakers.
Noncredit. Cost: $135

Let’s Play Golf
Instructor: James Contreras
Course No: NONC F041-F01 (CRN 51135)
Meets: June 9-July 16
Tuesday & Thursday 12:30pm-2:00pm
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
Instructor: James Contreras
Course No: NONC F041-F01 (CRN 52512)
Meets: June 9-July 16
Tuesday & Thursday 2:30pm-4:00pm
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

Botanical Art: Fairbanks Peonies
Instructor: Karen Stomberg
Course No: ART F042-F01 (CRN 51014)
Meets: June 12-14
Friday, 6:00pm-8:30pm
Saturday-Sunday, 10:00am-4:00pm
Murie 306
Course includes touring the peonies with garden manager Katie DiCristina on the first evening of class, choosing a bud or bloom to study, and drawing in the classroom. Any level of student is welcome.
Noncredit. Cost: $155

Brooks Range Adventure
Instructor: Frank Olive
Course No: NONC F071-F01 (CRN coming soon)
Meets: June 15-19
Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Brooks Range
Explore the remote Brooks Range. Spend time hiking and exploring both the north and south sides of the range which have distinctly different feels. The week will start with a local day of rock climbing on Monday. On Tuesday, we will head north, doing a short hike or two on the long journey to our base camp near Wiseman. Wednesday and Thursday will be full days of adventure, we will spend one day hiking and exploring on the south side of the range and one day we will drive up and over Atigun Pass to hike in the treeless tundra of the north side of the range. On Friday we will find another short adventure to break up our drive home. Let Outdoor Adventures staff show you some new hikes and take care of the logistics and equipment. Participants will be expected to be ready for the physical challenges of hiking and camping in the wilderness and to assist with camp responsibilities.
Noncredit. Cost: $695

Water Aerobics
Instructor: Rebecca Weiland
Course No: NONC F050- F01 (52703)
Meets: June 16-25, July 7-16
Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Patty Pool
Whether you are recovering from an injury, have chronic joint concerns, or are just looking to mix up your fitness routine, adult water aerobics is a great way to build fitness! The water eases stress on your joints while providing resistance to build muscle. Come join us for this 45-minute long low-impact and fun cardio-packed class.
Noncredit. Cost: $100

Portrait Photography Workshop
Instructor: JR Ancheta
Course No: NONC F045-F01 (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
Instructor: Jamie Smith
Course No: Course info coming soon
3 Credit. Cost: $669-$807
June 29-Aug 7
Monday-Friday, 6:00pm-9:00pm
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, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Saturday-Sunday, 1:00pm-6:15pm
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

Alaska Range Adventure (Two different offerings)
Instructor: Mark Oldmixon
Course No: NONC F070-F01 (CRN coming soon), 
Meets: July 13-17
Course No: NONC F070-F02 (CRN coming soon)
Meets: July 27-31
Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Alaska Range
Explore the Alaska Range; either East or West, depending on weather and smoke. The week starts with a local day of rock climbing on Monday. On Tuesday we will head south, doing a short hike or two on the way to our base camp. Wednesday and Thursday will be full days of adventure with either a river float or lake paddle to long scenic hike. On Friday we will find another short adventure to break up our drive home. Let Outdoor Adventures staff show you some new hikes and take care of the logistics and equipment. Participants will be expected to assist with camp responsibilities.
Noncredit. Cost: $695

Adult CSI Camp
Instructor: Shasta Pomeroy
Course No: NONC F047-F01 (xxxxxx)
Meets: July 17-19
Friday-Sunday, Friday, 6:00 - 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
Monday-Friday, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
U Park 158
Learn the basics of molecular genetics, laboratory skills, online resources and CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) technology. Safely alter the DNA of a living organism using CRISPR, the same technique employed by scientists all over the world in medicine, agriculture, and environmental science. This technology is so precise, inexpensive, and powerful that it is likely you will be directly affected by it in the not-too-distant future. So this is a good time to find out how it works.
Noncredit. Cost: $165

Field Courses


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 offered in 2020.