Evening College


The Evening College†provides undergraduate degree programs for students who, for various reasons, choose to attend evening classes. Thirty-one degree programs are offered through the Evening College. Courses needed as prerequisites for graduate programs are available. In addition, persons who want to maintain their professional competence or broaden their educational background without pursuing degree work will find a broad array of courses which may be taken for credit or on an audit basis.

Recognizing the value of continuing education and career advancement, many St. Louis institutions, businesses, and industries encourage their employees to avail themselves of the educational opportunities offered by the Evening College. The Veterans Administration has approved full-time and part-time study for educational benefits.

Since most Evening College students are employed full time, they normally carry less than a full academic load. To enable students to carry as many courses as they wish, the Evening College schedules classes after 5 p.m. and limited offerings on Saturday mornings. Classes and degree programs are conducted according to the same standards as the day program.

Course Areas The Evening College offers courses in the following areas: anthropology, art, astronomy, biology, business administration, chemistry, communication, computer science, criminology and criminal justice, economics, education, English, French, geography, geology, German, history, mathematics, music, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, sociology, social work, and Spanish.

Academic Advising and Program Planning
New students are encouraged to consult with an academic adviser to develop programs appropriate to their needs. Students can see an academic adviser by calling or stopping by the University Advising Center, 225 Millennium Student Center, (314) 516-5161.† All students may come to the University Advising Center for advising, see a faculty adviser in their department, or see a professional adviser in their college, school or professional school.†

Facilities The facilities of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, including the computer center, library, laboratories, cafeteria, cashiers, bookstore, financial aid, health service, and admissions office, are open in the evening. Evening

College students are also eligible to participate in any of the university sports programs that interest them. The athletic facilities of the Mark Twain Building are available.

Alpha Sigma Lambda The Beta Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda is a national honorary scholastic society for Evening College students. To be eligible for membership, a student must have completed at least four semesters of college or university work, completed a minimum of 24 semester hours in the Evening College, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2, and be enrolled in the Evening College.

Degree Programs
General Education Requirements
All candidates for a degree through the Evening College must meet the university general education requirements.

Bachelor of Arts

Majors available for the B.A. degree are biology, chemistry, communication, economics, English, history, mathematics, physics, political science, psychology, and sociology. For further information, consult the appropriate departmental section of the College of Arts and Sciences or College of Fine Arts and Communications† portion of this Bulletin.

Bachelor of Science
The B.S. degree is available in applied mathematics, biology, chemistry, computer science, criminology and criminal justice, economics, mathematics, physics, and sociology. For further information, consult the appropriate departmental section of the College of Arts and Sciences portion of this Bulletin.

Specialized Bachelor's Degrees
†Also available are the bachelor of science in accounting (B.S.A.), bachelor of science in business administration (B.S.B.A.), the bachelor of science in management information systems (B.S.M.I.S.),† the bachelor of science in education (B.S.Ed.), and the bachelor of science in public policy and administration (B.S.P.A.). The B.S. in education offers specialization in any of the following: early childhood education, elementary education, middle school/junior high school, special education, and secondary education. Students should consult the appropriate departmental section of the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business Administration, or the College of Education of this Bulletin.

Bachelor of Social Work The B.S.W. degree program is designed to prepare persons for employment in social welfare agencies, schools, hospitals, correctional institutions, or day care, geriatric, or rehabilitation centers. Individuals currently working in social welfare settings can improve their skills and increase their opportunities for job advancement. For further information, consult the Social Work section of this Bulletin.

The Bachelor of General Studies degree (B.G.S.) is also offered through the Evening College. It is designed to provide mature students with a meaningful alternative to traditional degree programs. It appeals to a variety of students whose circumstances, goals, and aspirations are different from those of the "typical" college student. The B.G.S. program provides the flexibility needed to enable students, with careful advisement, to develop individualized programs of study.

Admission Requirements for the B.G.S. Program
Candidates for the B.G.S. degree must be admitted to the Evening College and must complete an application for admission to the program. Applications must be approved by the General Studies Committee and the Evening College dean. The criteria for admission are:

  • Students must have reasonable programs of study, and be in good academic standing.
  • Students must have demonstrated the equivalent of academic proficiency required for any other undergraduate degree at UM-St. Louis.
  • Study programs should be structured to meet students' unique educational goals and should not be readily available under any other UM-St. Louis degree program.

Degree Requirements for the B.G.S. Program

General Education Requirements
Students must complete the university's general education requirements. For details refer to the general education requirements section of this Bulletin.

Personal Emphasis Area In consultation with a faculty adviser, students shall develop a personal emphasis area of at least 36 advanced semester hours of graded credit that meets their educational goals. Graded credit consists of degree credit courses in which the student received a letter grade of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-. Regardless of the focus, theme, or purpose, the personal emphasis area should result from self-examination and contribute to self-realization and an advanced level of academic competence and achievement. The program must be approved by the faculty adviser, dean, and General Studies Committee. Students and advisers periodically review the program and make appropriate modifications where necessary, subject to the dean's approval.

Hour and Grade Requirements The degree requires completion of 120 semester hours with a 2.0 campus grade point average overall and in the personal emphasis area. No more than 30 hours may be taken in any one department. At least 45 hours must be earned in courses beyond the introductory level. A minimum of 24 hours of graded credit must be completed in residence at UM-St. Louis, of which 18 hours must be in the personal emphasis area and completed after admission to the B.G.S. program. No more than 18 hours may be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Each candidate must be in residence for 24 of the last 30 hours of graded credit (exclusive of courses taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis).

Credit for Experience, Special Projects, Examinations, and Nontraditional Forms of Study† Credit may be earned through the College Level Examination Program in accordance with university policy or through examinations proposed or approved by university departments. Credit also may be earned through correspondence study, supervised independent research study, and college-level courses offered by television or similar education media. Students are responsible for obtaining approval for credit applied under this option.

Students may receive credit for vocational experience, community service projects, or cultural activities after they have completed 24 hours of course work in residence.

Vocational Experience† Credit may be granted for vocational experience when related to the personal emphasis area. Credit cannot exceed 3 semester hours for each year of experience with a maximum of 12 hours allowed only in exceptional circumstances. Petitions for vocational experience credit must be accompanied by a job description verified by the employer or similar appropriate evidence. Credit may be granted only upon recommendation of the faculty adviser and approvals of the dean and the General Studies Committee.

Community Service Projects/Cultural Activities† Credit not exceeding 6 hours may be earned for participation in approved community service projects or cultural activities. The projects or activities must be formulated by the student and carried out under the supervision of a faculty member with the approval of the adviser, dean, and General Studies Committee. Students must submit a written report approved by the supervisor upon completion of the projects or activities.† Credit for vocational experience or community service/cultural activities may be applied toward the elective credits required for the degree but may not be used to complete the personal emphasis area or general education requirements.

Students must file a degree application form in the Evening College at least one year before the expected graduation date.


Minor in Employee Training and Development† The Evening College and the College of Business Administration offer a minor in employee training and development. The requirements are:

BA 3623(318), or Psych 3318(318), Industrial and Organizational Psychology
BA 3624(319), Employee Training and Development
Ed Psy 3312(312), Psychology of Teaching and Learning
Ed Tec 5340(340), Selection and Utilization of Educational Media
Psych 2219(219), Research Methods

One additional course selected from these approved electives:
BA 3621(309), Human Resources Management
Comm 1141(141), Business and Professional Speaking
Sociology 4354(354), Sociology of Business Work Settings

Students should consult with an adviser when planning their programs. A 2.0 grade point average is required for the minor. No courses may be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. At least 12 credits of those required must be completed in residence at UM-St. Louis.

This minor is designed for human resources managers in small companies and training managers or human resources specialists in larger companies. The required 18 hours, including the approved elective course, enable the student to be exposed to different skills essential for the occupational area.

Other minors in business administration include accounting, finance, general business, logistics and operation management, management and organizational behavior, marketing, and management information systems.

Other Minors
Minors are also available in biology, black studies,† chemistry, communication, computer science, criminology and criminal justice, economics, English, history, legal studies, mathematics, political science, philosophy, physics, psychology, public affairs journalism, social work,† sociology, and urban studies. For currently offered minors, consult an adviser.

Certificate programs are available in various areas of study.† For more information, consult the Certificate Programs section of this Bulletin.

Career Outlook

Many graduates of the Evening College have found their careers advanced upon obtaining their degree. Some have entered new careers in midlife, and others have found personal satisfaction in the acquisition of knowledge for its own sake. The Evening College staff consists of advisers with extensive experience concerning adult studentsí needs. Call the Evening College office, (314) 516-5161 for more information.