The Evening College provides undergraduate degree programs for students
who, for various reasons, choose to attend evening classes. Thirty 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.
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
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.
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 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
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
- 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.
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
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, or Psych 3318, Industrial and
BA 3624, Employee Training and Development
Ed Psy 3312, Psychology of Teaching and Learning
Ed Tec 5340, Selection and Utilization of Educational
Psych 2219, Research Methods
One additional course selected from these approved
BA 3621, Human Resources Management
Comm 1141, Business and Professional Speaking
Sociology 4354, 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.
in business administration include accounting, finance, general business,
international business, logistics and operation management, management
and organizational behavior, marketing, and management information
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.
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
students’ needs. Call the
Evening College office, (314) 516-5161 for more information.