How to work with geographic coordinates in postgres, is there a standard alternative Postgis out of the box?

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Simply put, NO there is not "standard" alternative.

GIS is a very deep subject. Like, Do you need to provide for different types of map projections? PostGIS is a standard that other are measures by.

I recommend you google why-should-you-care-about-postgis a gentle-introduction-to-spatial-databases

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