Each course bears a distinguishing number which identifies it within the
department or academic unit and indicates, broadly, its rank. The University
has adopted a new 4-digit numbering system that will be phased in. The
primary course number in this bulletin will be a 3-digit number; in parenthesis,
the new 4-digit number will be shown.
To assist in understanding the course level, refer to
the following guidelines:
0001-0999(1-99) Courses that carry no credit toward a
degree or certificate.
1000-1999(100-199) Lower division courses designed for
freshmen but also open to other undergraduate students. Courses do not
give graduate credit.
2000-2999(200-299) Lower division courses designed for
sophomores but also open to other undergraduate students. Courses do
not give graduate credit.
3000-3999 (300-399) Upper division courses designed for
juniors and seniors but open to other undergraduates who have prerequisites
or approval. Courses may award graduate credit; please see the Graduate
academic policies for guidelines.
4000-4999(400-499) Upper division courses designed for
juniors and seniors, not open to lower division students, which may give
post-baccalaureate or graduate credit.
5000-5999(500-599) Graduate courses also open to certification
candidates and seniors with permission.
6000-6999(600-699) Courses restricted to graduate students.
7000-7999(700-799) Courses restricted to doctoral students.
8000-8999(800-899) Course open Optometry
The university credit unit is the semester hour, which represents
a subject pursued one period weekly for one semester of approximately
16 weeks or for a total of approximately 16 periods for one term. Generally,
a course valued at 3 semester hours meets for three periods weekly for
one semester, a 2-credit course two periods a week for a semester, and
so on. Normally, the lecture or recitation period is 50 minutes long and
the laboratory period one hour and 50 minutes.
The number of credit hours is in parentheses after each
course title. If the credit is variable, to be fixed in consultation with
the instructor, it is shown by (credit arranged) or by minimum and maximum
credit, such as research (2-8).
The grading system available to all faculty in all schools, colleges,
and other parallel units at UM-St. Louis consists of:
|A = 4.0
||A- = 3.7
|B+ = 3.3
||B = 3.0
|C+ = 2.3
|| C = 2. 0
|| C- = 1.7
|D+ = 1.3
|| D = 1.0
|| D-= 0.7
|F = 0
|EX = Excused
|| DL = Delayed
|Y = No basis for a grade
Faculty have full discretion in using full-letter grades,
plus/minus grades, or any combination of full-letter and plus/minus grades.
The student’s grade point average is computed by dividing the total quality
points (number of credit hours for a course, multiplied by the grade value
received) by the number of hours taken (excluding grade modified hours).
Students of the University may have three separate Grade Point Averages.
The first is the Campus GPA, which is computed by dividing the quality
points earned from the grades of each course taken on the UMSL campus
by the total course hours attempted on the UMSL Campus. Students who
have attended any of the other three universities within the University
of Missouri System, will also have a “System” GPA, which is computed by
dividing the quality points earned from every course taken from a University
within the UM System. In addition, transfer students (from outside the
UM System) will also have a transfer GPA, which is computed from all courses
the student has taken outside the UMSL campus or the UM System. It is
calculated by dividing the quality points of all courses by the hours
Three options are available to students to obtain their
final grades at the end of each semester. Unless a specific request is
made through the Registrar’s Office, the University of Missouri system
does not distribute grade reports to students via postal mail. Final
course grades can be obtained electronically by any of the following three
To access your grades through the My Gateway system,
you must know your Gateway ID and password. You can look up your Gateway
ID online at: http://gatewayid.umsl.edu.
Call the Technology Support Center at (314) 516-6034 if you have any questions
about your Gateway ID or password.
To access your grades through STAR or TRAIN you must
know your student number and personal identification number (PIN). If
you need assistance with your PIN, you should come to the Office of the
Registrar, at 269 Millennium Student Center with photo identification.
For security reasons, you cannot obtain or change your PIN over the telephone.
A printed copy of your grade report can be sent to you
upon request at no charge. Once requested by you, your grade report will
be mailed to your official address of record. Requests
may be made by phone, mail, e-mail, fax, or in person.
Education majors. Professional education courses must
be completed with a grade point average of 2.50 and no grade lower than
a C (2.0). A C- grade is not acceptable.
Delayed Grade. A student whose work is incomplete
at the end of any semester and who has, in the instructor's judgment,
sufficient reasons for failing to complete the work, may, with the approval
of the instructor and department chairperson, be assigned a delayed grade.
Such work must be made up no later than one semester after the incomplete
grade is given, or the grade automatically becomes F. The dean may, in
unusual circumstances, extend this time limitation (summer session
is not counted as a semester). Notice of change in a delayed grade shall
be given to the registrar on a special form.
Y Grade. When, in the instructor's judgment, there
is no basis for evaluating the work of a student who does not officially
drop a course or officially withdraw from the university, a mark of Y
(unauthorized withdrawal--no basis for evaluation) is given.
Examinations. Examinations may be given only at
regular class meeting times or as designated by the Senate Committee on
Curriculum and Instruction.
Final Examinations. The period designated for
final examinations is an important component of the academic term. It
provides faculty with a final opportunity to evaluate student learning
and attainment of course objectives. Faculty members are encouraged to
meet with students during the final examination period.
- A faculty member who gives an
in-class final examination may give this examination only on the day
and at the time designated in the official final examination schedule.
A majority vote of the students to the contrary does not change this
- A student may submit a written
request for a change in the scheduled time of the final examination
for a limited number of documented hardship reasons. These reasons
include, but are not limited to, being scheduled to take more than two
examinations on the same day, illness, military obligations, and religious
practices. Except for emergencies, this request should be presented
directly to the instructor at least two weeks before classes conclude.
The student may forward denied requests to the chairperson/area coordinator/program
director and, if denied to the dean of the school or college sponsoring
the course for additional consideration.
Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Option. Undergraduate
students may take up to 18 credit hours on a satisfactory/ unsatisfactory
(S/U) grading basis. This includes courses taken as electives or those
which satisfy the general education requirements. Most courses required
for a specific degree may not be taken on a satisfactory/ unsatisfactory
basis. Academic departments may designate other courses within their
jurisdiction which may not be taken under the option.
A satisfactory grade “S” is recorded when an instructor
assigns the grade of A, A-, B+, B-, C+, or C-, and has no numerical value
in computing one’s cumulative grade point average; however, it does satisfy
credit-hour graduation requirements. An unsatisfactory grade - - U --
is recorded when an instructor assigns the grades of D+, D, D-, or F,
and has no numerical value in computing one’s cumulative grade point average,
nor does it satisfy any credit-hour graduation requirements. Grades will
be recorded on transcripts as S or U.
Students register for courses in the normal manner and
may exercise the satisfactory/unsatisfactory option before the end of
the first four weeks of a regular semester (or the first two weeks of
a summer session). Requests for this option are made through the proper
dean's office. Instructors are not informed of students taking courses
on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.
Repeating Courses. Students may not repeat for grade
point average or credit hour purposes courses in which grades of A, A-
B+, B, B-, C+, C, or C- have been earned. All grades earned will affect
the calculation of one's cumulative grade point average; the course hours,
however, will be counted only once in calculating hours towards one's
degree. (See Grade Modification.)
Grade Modification. When the grade received in an initial
attempt in a course at UM-St. Louis is a D+, D, D-, or F, the grade may
be replaced in the calculation of the GPA by the grade received in a second
or subsequent attempt of the same course at UM-St. Louis. All grades received
in second and subsequent attempts will be included in GPA calculations.
A maximum of 15 hours may be dropped from the calculation of the student's
GPA. All attempts of a given course will appear on the official transcript
with the grade(s) earned. The transcript will have an explanation which
states that the GPA is calculated using all grades earned in a course
except the initial attempt when a course has been repeated and grade modified.
Note: Grade modification is not automatic. After completing
the second or subsequent attempt of the course to be modified, students
must process the necessary paperwork with an academic adviser in the academic
unit in which the student is currently enrolled.
The registrar will furnish transcripts to a student upon written request.
Transcripts are furnished to students' parents or guardians or other parties
or institutions only if students have filed written consent with the Registrar's
office. There is a charge for each transcript. Requests for transcripts
by organizations either financially supporting a student or with fee compensation
programs are not honored unless the student has filed a consent form with
the Registrar's Office authorizing the release of such information.
Transcripts are not issued to or for students who have
financial obligations to the university until those obligations are paid
Prerequisites for a Course
A minimum grade of C- is required to meet the prerequisite
requirements of any course, except with the permission of the department
in which the second course is taught. An "academic standing"
prerequisite stated by class--for example, "senior standing"--
means senior-class standing. Requirements for class standing vary. Students
should determine the requirements for their school or college. Individual
course restrictions are specified in the individual course descriptions.
A normal full-time semester work load is 15 hours. Six hours is normal
for the summer session. Minimum full-time enrollment is 12 hours. Students
who have demonstrated the ability to carry more than 17 hours successfully
may enroll for additional hours with the approval
of their dean.
Students are expected to attend class regularly, and, in accordance with
the UM-St. Louis Bylaws, faculty may establish penalties for excessive
absences. Students absent for more than three successive classes may be
reported to the dean. Students should tell their divisional dean's office
of an extended absence. An absence known in advance should be reported
to the instructors of courses that will be missed. Makeup of examinations
or work missed is allowed at the instructor's discretion. Students excused
from class for valid reasons by their deans shall be permitted, if possible,
to make up work missed; the dean must have notified the instructor in
To add courses to their original enrollment, students must get approval
from their advisers. Students may not enter courses after the first week
of a regular semester or the first three days of the summer session.
Courses may be dropped, without approval, through the fourth week of a
regular semester and the second week of a summer session. Students may
withdraw from courses without a grade up to the end of the fourth week
of a regular semester and the second week of the summer session.
From the fifth through the twelfth weeks of the fall
or winter semesters (for summer session, the third through the sixth weeks),
students may withdraw from a course with an "Excused" grade,
providing they are passing the course and receive the approval of their
instructor, adviser, and dean's office representative. Otherwise, a failing
grade is given. Students not attending classes who fail to drop officially
receive F or Y grades. After the allowable period, "Excused"
grades are given only in exceptional instances where the instructor's
approval and dean's approval are given. These grades are recorded on the
students' official records at the end of the term. If an F grade is recorded,
it is counted in computing the grade point average. No partial credit
is granted to students who withdraw from a course during any semester
or otherwise fail to complete the work required for full course credit.
Section changing is normally done during the first week of a regular semester
and the first three days of a summer session. No approvals need be received
during this time. However, after the first week of a regular semester
and the first three days of a summer session, a section change form must
be obtained from the departmental or dean's office. The signatures of
the instructor teaching the new section is required.. The form is to be
submitted to the Registration Office, 269 Millennium Student Center.
Change of Major
To change academic majors, students should consult their adviser and the
dean's office. Students admitted to one college or school may pursue work
in others under the conditions set forth by the other division's faculty.
The chairperson of a student's major department shall determine which
courses in other colleges or schools, or even other institutions, shall
apply as credit toward the degree.
Students who wish to change a major
must submit a change of major form. These forms may be obtained in the
advising center, 225 Millennium Student Center or in the Department office.
Withdrawal after Classes Begin
After classes begin, students may withdraw from the university by completing
the withdrawal form, available in the dean's office. During the first
four weeks of a regular semester and the first two weeks of a summer session,
students may withdraw from the university without receiving grades. After
this period, grades of F or "Excused" are issued, based on whether
the student is passing or failing. After the regular semester's twelfth
week (or the sixth week in the summer session), "Excused" grades
are given only in exceptional instances with the instructor's and the
These grades are recorded on the student's official record
at the end of the term. An F grade is counted in computing the grade point
average. No partial credit is granted to students who withdraw from school
during any semester or otherwise fail to complete the work required for
full course credit. Students who stop attending classes without withdrawing
officially from the university are issued an F or a
Y grade. Any F grades are counted in computing grade point averages.
Academic Probation, Suspension, and Dismissal
A student may be placed on academic probation any time that his or her
cumulative GPA falls below a 2.00. Students should consult college or
school advisers in their respective dean's office for additional information.
Students may be suspended if they do not pass more than
two-thirds of their work, their semester grade point average is below
1.5, or their cumulative grade point average falls below 1.75. Students
may be suspended if they have been on scholastic probation for two or
more semesters, not necessarily consecutive, and again become subject
to probation. The dean may retain students on probation rather than suspend
them if circumstances justify such action.
Students who have once been suspended may be dismissed
if they again become subject to suspension. Students placed on probation
because of poor scholastic records at other institutions are regarded
as having been once suspended under these rules. Normally, students who
have been dismissed are not considered for readmission. In certain unusual
cases, students may be readmitted on probationary status after one year.
Students admitted on probation to the summer session
must enroll for at least six academic hours. If they receive any grades
below C, their work will be reviewed by the college or school dean or
appropriate committee to determine eligibility to reenroll. Students enrolled
in the summer session whose grade point averages are below 1.5 may have
their work reviewed. Students suspended or dismissed from one school or
college shall not be admitted to any other school or college until they
are eligible for readmission to the original college or school, unless
they obtain the consent of the school's or college's dean or appropriate
committee. In this event, the dean or committee shall file a written statement
for the student's official records, stating the reasons for the decision.
Academic dishonesty is a serious offense which may lead to probation,
suspension, or expulsion. One form of academic dishonesty is plagiarism--the
use of an author's ideas, statements, or approaches without crediting
the source. Academic dishonesty also includes such acts as cheating by
copying information from another student's examination, take-home test,
or laboratory manual. The code of student conduct is in the back of this
Bulletin and is also available in the UM-St. Louis Student Handbook,
available from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.
The University of Missouri-St. Louis encourages students to pursue excellence
within a respectful and collegial environment and to assume responsibility
for the consequences of personal actions. For that reason the University
requires students to reject any type of dishonest behavior.
Honesty precludes seeking, providing, or receiving any
form of unauthorized assistance on tests or any type of assignment. It
requires giving credit through appropriate citation to the author of materials
used in written or oral assignments.
The full Student Standard of Conduct is found at http://system.missouri.edu:80/uminfo/rules/programs/200010.htm.
By registering for a class at UM-St. Louis, students agree to follow this
standard of integrity.
These statements are set forth as guidelines and procedures
to implement the University of Missouri policy on student records developed
from The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.
The University of Missouri-St. Louis as charged in the
act will annually inform its eligible students by including in the Student
Handbook, the Schedule of Courses, the UM-St. Louis Bulletin,
and the Current (student newspaper) the following information:
- "Education Records" are those records, files, documents,
and other materials which contain information directly related to a
student and are maintained by the university. Those records, made available
under The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, are student
financial aid, the student's cumulative advisement file, student health
records, disciplinary records, admissions file, and academic record.
Confidential letters and statements of recommendation which were placed
in student credential folders at the Office of Career Placement Services
after January 1, 1975, are also made available, if the student has not
waived the right to view these recommendations.
The University of Missouri-St. Louis "Education Records" do
The University of Missouri-St. Louis recognizes "Directory Information/Public
Information" to mean a student's name, address, telephone listing,
date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially
recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic
teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, and the most
recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student.
All students must inform the Office of the Registrar before the end
of the two-week period following the first day of classes that any or
all of the information designated as directory information should not
be released without the student’s prior consent. The information listed
above will become directory information or public information as of
the first day of classes following the end of the two-week period in
a regular semester and the first day of classes following the end of
the one-week period during the summer session.
University of Missouri-St. Louis students have access to the educational
records identified in Paragraph 1 above. In accordance with Public Law
93-380 as amended, the University of Missouri-St. Louis will not make
available to students the following materials:
- Records of instructional, supervisor, and administrative personnel
and educational personnel ancillary thereto which are in the sole
possession of the maker thereof and which are not accessible or revealed
to any other person except a substitute.
- Records of the University of Missouri Police Department which were
created for a law enforcement purpose and are maintained by the police
- In the case of persons who are employed by the university but who
are not in attendance at the university, records made and maintained
in the normal course of business which related exclusively to such
persons and that person's capacity as an employee where the records
are not available for any other purpose.
- All records on any university student which are created and maintained
by a physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, or other recognized professional
or paraprofessional acting in his professional or paraprofessional
capacity, or assisting in that capacity, and which are created, maintained,
or used only in connection with the provision of treatment to the
student, and are not available to anyone other than persons providing
such treatment, provided, however, that such records can be personally
reviewed by a physician or other appropriate professional of the student's
The director of Financial Aid, the appropriate academic dean, the
coordinator of the Student Health Service, the Vice Chancellor for Student
Affairs, the Director of Career Placement Services, the Director of
Admissions, and the Registrar are the officials responsible for the
maintenance of each type of record listed in Paragraph 1.
Any student may, upon request, review his or her records and, if
inaccurate information is included, may request the expunging of such
information from the file. Such inaccurate information will then be
expunged upon authorization of the official responsible for the file.
Students desiring to challenge the content of their record may request
an opportunity for a hearing to challenge the content of the educational
record in order to ensure that the record is not inaccurate, misleading,
or otherwise in violation of the privacy or other rights of the student,
to provide an opportunity for the correction or deletion of any such
inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise inappropriate data contained therein,
and to insert into such records a written explanation respecting the
content of such records.
The university official charged with custody of the records will
attempt to settle informally any disputes with any student regarding
the content of the university’s educational records through informal
meetings and discussions with the student.
Upon request of the student or the university official charged with
custody of the records of the student, a formal hearing shall be conducted
- Financial records of the parents of students or any information
- Confidential letters and statements of recommendation which were
placed in the education records prior to January 1, 1975, if such
letters or statements are not used for the purpose other than those
for which they were specifically intended.
- Confidential recommendations respecting admission to the university,
application for employment and receipt of honor, or honorary recognition,
where the student has signed a waiver of the student-s rights of access
as provided in 6.0404, the University Policy on Student Records.
The University of Missouri-St. Louis will not mail grade reports
to parents unless the student in question has completed the necessary
authorization in the registrar’s office.
The University of Missouri-St. Louis may permit access to or release
of the educational records without the written consent of the student
to the parents of a dependent student as defined in Section 152 of the
Internal Revenue Code of 1954.
If any material or document in the educational record of a student
includes information on more than one student, the student may inspect
and review only such part of such material or document as relates to
him or her or to be informed of the specific information contained in
such part of such material.
- The request for a hearing shall be submitted in writing to the
campus chancellor who will appoint a hearing officer or a hearing
committee to conduct the hearing.
- The hearing shall be conducted and decided within a reasonable
period of time following the request for a hearing. The parties will
be entitled to written notice 10 days prior to the time and place
of the hearing.
- The hearing shall be conducted and the decision rendered by an
appointed hearing official or officials who shall not have a direct
interest in the outcome of the hearing.
- The student shall be afforded a full and fair opportunity to present
evidence relevant to the hearing.
- The decision shall be rendered in writing within a reasonable period
of time after the conclusion of the hearing.
- Either party may appeal the decision of the hearing official or
officials to the campus chancellor. Appeal from the Chancellor's decision
is to the President. Appeal from the President is to the Board of
The following is a list of honor societies at the University
of Missouri-St. Louis:
Alpha Epsilon Rho (Communication)
Alpha Mu Alpha (College of Business Administration-Marketing)
Alpha Mu Gamma (Foreign Languages and Literatures)
Alpha Phi Sigma (Criminology and Criminal Justice)
Alpha Sigma Lambda (Evening College)
Beta Alpha Psi (College of Business Administration, Accounting
Beta Beta Beta (Biology)
Beta Gamma Sigma (College of Business Administration)
Beta Sigma Kappa (College of Optometry)
Chi Sigma Iota (Counseling and Family Therapy)
Financial Management Association (College of Business Administration)
Golden Key National Honour Society (Campus-wide)
Kappa Delta Pi (College of Education)
Lambda Alpha (Anthropology)
Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economics)
Phi Alpha (Social Work)
Phi Alpha Theta (History)
Phi Epsilon Kappa (Physical Education)
Phi Kappa Phi (Interdisciplinary)
Pi Alpha Alpha (Public Policy Administration)
Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science)
Psi Chi (Psychology)
Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish)
Sigma Iota Rho (International Studies)
Sigma Tau Delta (English)
Sigma Theta Tau (Nursing)
At the end of each semester the College of Arts and Sciences,
College of Business Administration, College of Education, College of Fine
Arts and Communication, Evening College, and Barnes College of Nursing
and Health Studies send letters of commendation to undergraduates completing
at least nine hours of graded courses with grade point averages of 3.2
or above for the semester. In addition, each college and school, on an
annual basis, sends letters of commendation to part-time undergraduate
students who have earned a 3.2 grade point average or above in at least
nine but not more than 17 graded hours during the fall and winter semesters
Who's Who Among Students in American Universities
Eligible students may be nominated to Who's Who Among
Students in American Universities and Colleges
by students (themselves or others), faculty members, or administrators.
Nominees are selected on the basis of scholastic ability, participation
and leadership in academic and extracurricular activities, service to
the university, and a promise for future usefulness. Nomination forms
and further information may be obtained in room 366
Millennium Student Center or by visiting the Who's Who Web site at http://www.umsl.edu/services/stuactv.
To graduate with Latin honors, students must have attended
UM-St. Louis for at least 56 graded hours and must meet the following
qualifications: cum laude 3.2 to 3.49 grade point average; magna cum laude
3.5 to 3.79 grade point average; summa cum laude 3.8 to 4.0 grade point
average. If a student has the necessary GPA at UM-St. Louis to qualify
for Latin honors but has fewer than 56 graded hours at UM-St. Louis, all
credit hours and the associated grades earned within the UM System will
be included when the total credit hours earned in the UM System are at
least 80 graded hours. In determining one's eligibility for Latin honors,
all graded hours will be considered, including the original grade in each
grade-modified course. No Latin honor higher than that which is consistent
with the UM-St. Louis grade point average will be awarded. All honors
must be recommended by the student's major department. (Effective April
Office of National Scholarship Information
The mission of the Office of National Scholarship Information
(ONSI) at the University of Missouri-St Louis is to provide campus wide
access to merit-based scholarship information and opportunities. The most
well-known of these merit-based scholarships include the Rhodes, British
Marshall, Goldwater, Udall, Truman, and Fulbright, although numerous other
prestigious, and often unique, opportunities exist for outstanding students.
For further information, contact the Honors College at (314) 516-5243