The College of Arts and Sciences consists of some 220 full-time faculty members in the following departments and school, each offering work in specific undergraduate degree programs: anthropology, biology, chemistry, criminology and criminal justice, economics, English, foreign languages and literatures, history, mathematics and computer science, philosophy, physics and astronomy, political science, psychology, social work, and sociology.
In addition the College offers a Bachelors Degree in Biochemistry and Biotechnology and a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts.
Graduate study degree programs, administered through the Graduate School , are also offered in the following departments of the College of Arts and Sciences: biology, chemistry, criminology and criminal justice, economics, English, history, mathematics and computer science, physics and astronomy, philosophy, political science, psychology, social work, and sociology. An interdisciplinary master's degree in public policy administration is offered in cooperation with the College of Business Administration. Specific degree requirements for both undergraduate and graduate degree programs are described in the departmental sections which follow this general information on the college. The College also offers a Master of Science in Biochemistry and Biotechnology.
Coursework in the evening or through on-line and/or video instruction is made available by all departments of the College and the School of Social Work. The following degree programs can be completed in the evening:
Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English, History, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.
Bachelor of Science in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Economics Mathematics, Physics, and Sociology.
Bachelor of Social Work
Bachelor of Liberal Studies
Consult the website of the department in which you plan to major for details on degree requirements and a three year schedule of planned course offerings.
Requirements for Undergraduate Study
In addition to the university's general education requirements, all majors in the College of Arts and Sciences must meet the following requirements:
To graduate, all majors including the Bachelor of Liberal Studies must complete the following:
- Requirements of their chosen baccalaureate degree (i.e., B.A., B.S., BSW., etc.) in accordance with the policies of the College of Arts and Sciences, explained below.
- Requirements of the department for their selected major or interdisciplinary program.
To graduate, all majors in the
college must satisfy one of
the following grade point options:
Cultural Diversity Requirement
- Earn 120 graded hours with a C grade or better, which constitutes
a complete degree program neither a grade of C- nor a satisfactory
grade may be counted.
- Have a minimum UM-St. Louis campus grade point average of 2.0 and
have met all other grade point restrictions for the degree or program.
To expand cultural awareness,
all students are required to complete a course that emphasizes Asian, African,
Middle Eastern, Latin American, Pacific aboriginal, Native American, or
a comparable culture. A list of courses which satisfy this requirement
can be found in the introductory section of this Bulletin.
Unless otherwise specified,
a transfer student must complete 12 hours of graded work at UM-St. Louis
at the 2000 level or above within the minimum number of hours required
for each major.
Unless otherwise specified, a transfer student must complete at least
six hours of graded work at UM-St. Louis at the 2000 level or above within
the minimum number of hours required for each minor. Students should
consult the minor department for specific residency and grade requirements.
Specific Baccalaureate Degree Requirements
After fulfilling the general education and specific major degree requirements,
students are to take the remaining hours required to complete the bachelor's degree from courses
(which the appropriate department has evaluated as being of university-level quality) from one or more of
the following areas or their university-quality equivalents at other institutions: anthropology/archaeology, art
(appreciation, history, studio), astronomy, biology, chemistry, communication, criminology and criminal justice,
economics, English, foreign languages/ literatures, geology, history, mathematics/computer science, media studies,
music (appreciation, history, performance), philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, social work, sociology,
theatre and dance, business, education, engineering, or interdisciplinary.
Other areas or courses not listed require approval by the chair of the student's department.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
All B.A. degree candidates
must successfully complete a curriculum which includes a departmental
major or an approved interdisciplinary field. A major must include at
least 30 credit hours but no more than 45 hours. The College offers the
B.A. degree in anthropology, biology, chemistry, economics, English,
French, history, mathematics, philosophy, physics, political science,
psychology, sociology, and Spanish.
Foreign Language Requirement
Candidates for the B.A. degree are required to complete 13 credit hours or the equivalent in proficiency in one foreign language. Foreign language guidelines are as follows:
1) Students entering with no high school language
units must enroll in Language 1 or may enroll in the 2115 series (see
2) Students with the degree of proficiency equivalent
to 13 hours of college-level work may obtain exemption by passing the
department's placement exam. The specific dates for the exam are announced
in the Schedule of Courses or may be obtained from the admissions
office or the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.
3) Native speakers of language other than English
may meet the foreign language requirement by presenting a transcript
from a university or secondary school of their native country. The department
will certify native speakers of those languages which are taught at the
university. Those who are proficient in other languages must submit certification
of competence to the college.
4) Language 2115 A, B, C (Intensive) will satisfy
the foreign language requirement.
5) Students may not repeat, for either credit or quality
points, an elementary course if they have already completed a higher-level
course for which the elementary course, or its equivalent, is a prerequisite.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
The College offers the
B.S. degree in mathematics, biochemistry and biotechnology, biology,
chemistry, biochemistry, computer science, criminology and criminal justice,
economics, physics (with emphasis in applied physics, astrophysics, engineering
physics, or medical physics), and sociology. The requirements are generally
the same as for the B.A. degree with the following exceptions:
1) More credit hours in the major discipline may be
counted toward satisfying the 120 hours needed for graduation. See departmental
degree requirements for information.
2) Not all departments require foreign language proficiency.
See departmental degree requirements for information.
Bachelor of Liberal Studies
(See Interdisciplinary Programs for complete description)
Bachelor of Science in Public Policy and Administration (B.S.P.A.)
The B.S.P.A. degree program is administered through the Political Science
Department and offers two emphasis areas. Public Administration emphasizes
management in the public and nonprofit sectors. Public Policy allows
focus on a particular policy area with attention to analytic training
and research skills..
Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) The School of Social
Work offers the B.S.W. degree, stressing the scientific and applied aspects
of social work.
A number of minors are available at UM-St. Louis. Some are offered by individual departments, while others, such as Classical Studies is interdisciplinary in nature and involves a number of departments. The requirements for the various minors are listed in either the departmental or interdisciplinary sections of this Bulletin.
Graduate and undergraduate certificate
programs are offered in biochemistry, biotechnology, forensic economics,
gerontology, studies in religions, trauma studies, tropical and conservation
biology, nonprofit organization management and leadership, women's and
gender studies, and writing.
International Studies Certificate
In cooperation with the Center for International Studies and other Colleges, the College offers certificate programs in Africana, East Asian, European, Greek, International, and Latin American studies. The College also cooperates in offering the International Business Certificate.
Majors in the following departments
may pursue departmental honors: biology, chemistry, economics, English,
foreign languages and literatures, history, and political science.
Cooperative Education and Internship Programs
education and internship programs are available for students seeking
career-related employment while enrolled in school. These programs afford
Arts and Sciences students an opportunity to gain practical experience
and earn a substantial income. Co-ops and internships are administered
through Career Services, 278 Millennium Student Center.
College of Arts and Sciences Extension
are offered at off-campus locations through the continuing education
branch of the College of Arts and Sciences. These courses are open to
UM-St. Louis students and qualify for regular academic credit toward
degrees in the college. In addition, noncredit courses are offered in
a range of disciplines within the college.