General Education Requirements (GER)

Associate and bachelor’s degrees at UAS require a minimum amount of general education requirement courses to be completed. General Education Requirements encompass broad areas of knowledge that support advanced learning in the major and emphasis requirements of each degree. Please note: the courses listed are not necessarily offered every semester. Students are recommended to seek advisor assistance in meeting program degree requirements.

In addition, some degree programs require specific courses be included in the GER. Please review your degree program in this catalog and consult with your academic advisor. If required courses are not taken as a GER, they must be taken as major requirements or electives as they are required for your degree.

General Education Requirements
Minimum Credits34
Written Communication Skills
ENGL S111Methods of Written Communication3
ENGL S211Intermediate Composition: Writing About Literature3
or ENGL S212 Technical Writing
Oral Communication Skills
Select one of the following (3 credits):3
Fundamentals of Oral Communication 1
Small Group Communication and Team Building 1
Interpersonal Communication 1
Public Speaking 1
Humanities/Social Sciences
Fine Arts
Select one of the following (3 credits):3
Art Appreciation
History of World Art I
History of World Art II
Music Appreciation
Theatre Appreciation
Theatre History and Literature I
Theatre History and Literature II
Select a minimum of one of the following (3 credits):3-6
Beginning Tlingit I
Beginning Tlingit II
Beginning Haida I
Beginning Haida II
Beginning American Sign Language I
Beginning American Sign Language II
Introduction to Literary Study
Survey of British Literature I
Survey of British Literature II
Survey of American Literature I
Survey of American Literature II
Introduction to Creative Writing
World History I 2
World History II 2
History of the U.S. I 2
History of the U.S. II 2
A Sense of Place: Alaska and Beyond
Introduction to Mass Communications
Introduction to Logic and Reasoning
Introduction to Philosophy
Beginning Russian I
Beginning Russian II
Beginning Spanish I
Beginning Spanish II
Alaska Native and other languages.
Social Sciences
Select a minimum of two of the following (6 credits) from two disciplines:6-9
Introduction to Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Fundamentals of Archaeology
Introduction to Economics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Local Places, Global Regions: Introduction to Geography
World History I 2
World History II 2
History of the U.S. I 2
History of the U.S. II 2
Introduction to American Government
Introduction to Political Science
Comparative Politics: Contemporary Doctrines and Structure
Introduction to International Relations
Introduction to Psychology
Lifespan Development
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
Select one from the remaining humanities and social sciences courses (3 credits)
Mathematics/Natural Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Select at least 3 credits of the following:3
Concepts and Contemporary Applications of Mathematics 3
College Algebra for Calculus
Survey of Statistics 3
Select one of the following Natural Lab Sciences (4 credits):4
Lab Natural Sciences
Biology and Society
Natural History of Alaska
Fundamentals of Biology I
Fundamentals of Biology II
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Introduction to General Chemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Earth and Environment
Earth and Environment
Physical Geology
Survey of Physics
College Physics I
College Physics II
General Physics I
General Physics II
Select 3 remaining credits from mathematics, statistics, or the above natural science courses.
Non-lab Natural Sciences3
Biological Anthropology
General Astronomy
Introduction to Chemical Science
Geological History of Life
Introduction to Oceanography
Symbolic Logic
Total Credits34

Grade C 2.00 or better


History courses can be used as humanities OR social science requirements, but not both.


 Bachelor's degrees require MATH S113 or higher, or STAT S107 or higher.


Transferring GERs within the UA System

Please refer to the following guide if you are considering taking a class from UAA and/or UAF to fulfill a GER requirement at UAS. Please note the courses listed fulfill the UAS GER requirement, but may not fulfill a major requirement. If you have any questions, please contact the Transfer Credit Evaluator in the Registrar’s Office at (907) 796-6366.

University of Alaska General Education Transfer Guide

UAS Courses UAA Courses UAF Courses
Written Communication Skills (6 credits)
ENGL S111, ENGL S211, ENGL S212ENGL A111, ENGL A211, ENGL A212, ENGL A213, ENGL A214, ENGL A311, ENGL A312, ENGL A414ENGL F111X, ENGL F211X, ENGL F213X
Oral Communication Skills (3 credits)
COMM S111, COMM S235, COMM S237, COMM S241COMM A111, COMM A235, COMM A237, COMM A241COMM F121X, COMM F131X, COMM F141X
Fine Arts (3 credits)
ART S160, ART S261, ART S262ART A160, ART A261, ART A262, ART A360A, ART A360B, DNCE A170ART F200X, ARTF261X, ARTF262X, HUM F201X
MUS S123MUS A121, MUS A124, MUS A221, MUS A222MUS F103X, MUS F125X, MUS F200X, MUS/ANS/NORS F223X
THR S111, THR S211, THR S212THR A111, THR A311, THR A312, THR A411, THR A412FLPA/JRN F105X, FLPA F125, ANS/FLPA F161X, FLPA F200X, ANS/FLPA F202X, FLPA F215X, ENGL/FLPA/JRN F217X
Humanities (3-6 credits)
AKL S105, AKL S106, AKL S107, AKL S108
AKNS A101E, AKNS A102EANL F141X, ANL F142X, ANL F251X, ANL F255X, ESK F101X, ESK F102X, ESK F111X, ESK F112X
ASL S101, ASL S102ASL A101, ASL A102ASLG F101X, ASLG F202X
ENGL S215, ENGL S223, ENGL S224, ENGL S225, ENGL S226, ENGL S261ENGL A121, ENGL A203, ENGL A204, ENGL A260AENGL/FL F200X, ENGL F270X, LING F101X, LING F216X,
HIST S105, HIST S106, HIST S131, HIST S132HIST A101, HIST A102, HIST A131, HIST A132
HUM S120HUM A211, HUM A212
JOUR S101JOUR A101, JOUR A105, JOUR A201JRN F101X, JRN F102X
CHIN, GER, JPN, AKNS (at 100 level)GER, JPN, LAT (AT 100 level)
PHIL S101, PHIL S201, PHIL S301PHIL A101, PHIL A201, PHIL A301PHIL F102X, PHIL F104X, RELG F221X
Social Sciences (6-9 credits)
ANTH S101, ANTH S202, ANTH S211ANTH A101, ANTH A200, ANTH A211ANTH F100X, ANTH F101X, ANTH F111X, ANTH F211X
ECON S100, ECON S201, ECON S202ECON A100, ECON A123, ECON A201, ECON A202ECON F100X, ECON F100X, ECON F201X, ECON F202X, ECON F235X
HIST S105, HIST S106, HIST S131, HIST S132HIST A101, HIST A102, HIST A131, HIST A132HIST F100X, HIST F102X, HIST F122X, HIST F132X
PS S101, PS S102, PS S230, PS S251PS A101, PS A102, PS A311, PS A351PS F100X, PS F201X
PSY S101, PSY S250PSY A111, PSY A150PSY F101X
SOC S101, SOC S201SOC A101, SOC A110, SOC A201, SOC A202, SOC A251, SOC A351SOC F100X, SOC F201X, SWK F103X
BA A151, CEL A292, EDEC A105, HNRS A292, HS A220, HUMS A106, SWK A106, INTL A101, JUST A110, JUST A251, JUST A330, LSSS A111, LEGL A101, SWK A243, WS A200ACCT F261X, ANS F242X, BA F151X, COMM F180X, ECE 104X, RD F200X, WGS F201X
Mathematics & Natural Sciences (11 credits)
Mathematics & Statistics (at least 3 credits)
MATH S113, MATH S151, MATH S152, MATH S251, MATH S252MATH A115, MATH A151, MATH A152, MATH A109, MATH A172, MATH A251, MATH A252, MATH A272MATH F113X, MATH F122X, MATH F151X, MATH F152X, MATH F156X, MATH F230X, MATH F251X, MATH F252X, MATH F253X
Lab Natural Sciences
BIOL S103, BIOL S104, BIOL S105, BIOL S106, BIOL S111, BIOL S112BIOL A102, BIOL A103, BIOL A105, BIOL A106, BIOL A111, BIOL A112, BIOL A115, BIOL A116, BIOL A178, BIOL A179BIOL F100X, BIOL F101X, BIOL F103X, BIOL F104X, BIOL F115X, BIOL F116X, BIOL F120X, BIOL F213X, BIOL F214X
CHEM S103, CHEM S105, CHEM S106CHEM A103 & CHEM A103L, CHEM A105 & CHEM A105L, CHEM A106 & CHEM A106LCHEM F100X, CHEM F103X, CHEM F104X, CHEM F105X, CHEMF106X, CHEM F111X
GEOL S104GEOL A111, GEOL A115 & GEOL A115L, GEOL A178, GEOL A179, GEOL A221GEOS F100X, GEOS F101X, GEOS F106X, GEOS F112X, GEOS F120X
PHYS S102, PHYS S103, PHYS S104, PHYS S211, PHYS S212PHYS A101 & PHYS A101L, PHYS A115, PHYS A123 & PHYS A123L, PHYS A124 & PHYS A124L, PHYS A211 & PHYS A211L, PHYS A212 & PHYS A212LPHYS F102X, PHYS F103X, PHYS F104X, PHYS F115X, PHYS F175X, PHYS F211X, PHYS F212X, PHYS F213X
ASTR S103 & ASTR S103L, ASTR S104 & ASTR S104L, LSIS S102, LSIS S201, LSIS S202ATM F101X, GEOG F111X, MSL S111X
Non-lab Natural Sciences
ASTR S225ASTR A100, ASTR A103, ASTR A104
OCN S101
PHYS A123, PHYS A124, PHYS A211, PHYS A212