Requirements for the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in University College represent both breadth and depth of study. Admission requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree include a high school diploma or its equivalent, and at least 6 units of transferable college-level course work with a minimum grade point average of 2.7 taken at another accredited institution or at least 6 units of course work taken at University College with a minimum grade point average of 2.7.
Bachelor of Science degrees offered:
- Clinical Research Management
- Global Leadership and Management
- Health Care
- Industrial and Organizational Psychology
- Integrated Studies
- International Studies
- Mathematics or Applied Mathematics
- Political Science
- Psychological & Brain Sciences
For more specific information about Bachelor of Science degree requirements and policies, and specific requirements for each major:
Bachelor of Science Degrees
To receive a Bachelor of Science degree from University College, students must be admitted to degree candidacy; complete a minimum of 120 units of college-level work with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher in all courses taken; and satisfy basic, distribution, major, and residency requirements. To receive the Bachelor of Science degree in University College, students must complete a major with grades of C- or better in all major courses. For certain majors, students must satisfy specific prerequisites before declaring the major.
The total number of units required for each major varies according to the department. At least half the units for the major must be completed at Washington University. At least 30 units of advanced courses overall must be completed at Washington University. No more than 9 units of approved study abroad credit may count toward the degree for students who earn more than 60 units at Washington University; no more than 6 units of study abroad credit may count toward the major. We encourage students to use their time at Washington University to augment the major with related course work and to explore many different areas of knowledge.
General Education Requirements*
EComp 101 Principles of Writing**
EComp 203 Critical and Researched Writing**
One additional 3-unit advanced writing course, which may be chosen from U11 3120, U11 324, U11 331, or Rhetoric.**
One 3-unit course in numerical applications with a minimum grade of C-, which may be applied to the relevant distribution area as noted below.
One course in moral reasoning, which may be applied to the relevant distribution requirements noted below.
One 3-unit course in cultural diversity, which may be applied to the Social Sciences or Humanities distribution requirements noted below.
Courses that satisfy the cultural diversity requirement explore issues of global human diversity and the interactions among cultures, with a focus on the societies of Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Latin America, or the Middle East or on the indigenous peoples of the Americas.
* These requirements are effective as of Spring 2019. Students admitted to University College programs prior to Spring 2019 are expected to fulfill the requirements in place at the time of their admission.
** Students who receive a grade of C- or lower in EComp 101 Principles of Writing taken at University College must repeat the course. Students who receive a grade of C- or lower in EComp 203 Critical and Researched Writing taken at University College must, in consultation with the Department of English and University College, choose between two options to satisfy the requirement: 1) repeat the course; or 2) complete a 3-unit composition tutorial with a grade of C or higher. Transfer credit for EComp 101 Principles of Writing may be granted for a grade of B or higher. EComp 203 Critical and Researched Writing and the 300-level or higher advanced writing requirement are required of all undergraduate degree candidates, and these courses must be taken at Washington University with a grade of C or higher. Students may still receive transfer credit for a second-level basic writing course; however, that will count as elective credit and they still will be required to take EComp 203 Critical and Researched Writing. A student who transfers English Composition courses from another college or university must consult an academic adviser at University College, who will provide options for completing requirements. Visit the University College website for additional details about basic requirements.
Distribution Requirements: 36 units, 9 units in each area noted below. Major courses also may fulfill basic and distribution requirements, however each distribution area must include course work from at least two disciplines:
- Natural Sciences and Mathematics
- Social Sciences
- Languages and the Arts
Overlap Policies: If a student has two majors, each major's upper-level units of credit must be independent of the other (i.e., no double counting of upper-level units required for the majors is permitted). Prerequisite courses at the 100 or 200 levels may count for both majors.
Should the same upper-level course satisfy a requirement in more than one of a student's major programs, a departmentally sanctioned upper-level elective must be chosen to replace the course in one of the programs. If a student has a major and a minor, the minor must include at least 9 unique units. Major or minor course work may be applied to distribution requirements for general education. If a student is pursuing a bachelor's degree and a certificate, the certificate must include at least 9 unique units. (The exception to this restriction on certificates applies to sequential programs of the same name, in which case all certificate courses may apply to the next-level program.)
A single course can count without restriction toward any two of the following categories: 1) major requirements; 2) basic requirements for numerical applications or cultural diversity; 3) distribution requirements.