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; at least 12 units of transferable college-level course work with a minimum grade point average of 2.7 taken at another accredited institution; or at least 12 units of course work taken at University College with a minimum grade point average of 2.7.

Bachelor of Science degrees offered:

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

Basic Requirements:

EComp 101 Principles of Writing*

EComp 203 Critical and Researched Writing*

One 3-unit advanced writing course (any 300-level or higher course in English composition)*

One 3-unit course in numerical applications with a minimum grade of C- which may be applied to the distribution requirements as noted below.

One 3-unit course in non-Western Culture, which may be applied to the Social Sciences or Humanities distribution requirements noted below.

Courses that satisfy the non-Western culture requirement focus on the study of cultures in societies outside of English-speaking North America and Western Europe, including Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Europe, Latin America, or the Middle East, and encourage students to explore issues of human diversity within such cultures.

*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. A maximum of 6 units from one discipline may apply toward any distribution area.

  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities
  • 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, all course work applied to the minor must be independent of the major. No overlap is permitted. 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, all courses applied toward the certificate must be independent of the major. No overlap is permitted. (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 toward any two of the following categories: 1) major requirements; 2) basic requirements for numerical applications or non-Western culture; 3) distribution requirements.