University Requirements

General Education

The UMKC General Education Core is the university-wide curriculum that all undergraduate students will complete.  The 30-credit hour core curriculum includes three course types designated as Anchor, Discourse and Focus and is detailed in the General Education section of the catalog.

Constitution Course 

Every undergraduate student must take a course covering the United States Constitution and the Missouri State Constitution before graduation. Course options are included in the program requirements section below.

RooWriter Assessment

Candidates for all baccalaureate degrees must complete the online UMKC RooWriter Writing Assessment after they have passed Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) but before they have attained 90 credit hours. Incoming transfer students with more than 90 credit hours must complete the RooWriter by the end of their first semester of enrollment or within one semester after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent). Students who have not completed the RooWriter Writing Assessment within two semesters after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) will be blocked from enrollment until they successfully complete the RooWriter. Additional information is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

Exit Examinations

Information on exit examinations and/or major field exams is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination

In accordance with Missouri Senate Bill 807 (section 170.013.1), 'any student entering a public institution of higher education for the first time after July 2019 who is pursuing an associate's or bachelor's degree from such institution shall successfully pass an examination on the provisions and principles of American civics with a score of seventy percent or greater as a condition of graduation from such institution'.  To satisfy this requirement at UMKC, students access the exam through the Canvas site. This requirement will be listed in the degree audit system as, 'Take State Mandated Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination', and listed on the transcript as 'Missouri Civics Examination'.   

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Interpret spatial patterns using mapping concepts.
  • Describe the components and function of environmental systems.
  • Analyze natural phenomena using quantitative data, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
  • Explain the complex relationships between humans and the natural environment (Environmental Science Emphasis).
  • Analyze data to quantify geologic features and structures (Geology Emphsis).
  • Extract new geospatial information using remote sensing imagery and digital analyses (Physical Geography Emphasis).

Program Requirements

Program Specific Recommendations for UMKC General Education Core Coursework

Anchor I 13
Anchor II 13
Anchor III 13
DISC 100Discourse I: Reasoning and Values (Speech and Writing)3
DISC 200Discourse II: Culture and Diversity (Writing and Speech)3
DISC 300Discourse III: Civic and Community Engagement (Speech and Writing)3
Focus A 13
Focus B (Satisfied in program requirements below)
Focus C (May be satisfied by the Constitution course requirement below)
Focus Elective (Satisfied in program requirements below)
'Total credits' in this section indicates the number of General Education Core credit hours that are not met by the degree specific requirements outlined below.
Total Credits21

Constitution Course Requirement

Section 170.011.1 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, 2015, states that all candidates for a degree issued by a college or university in the state of Missouri must have “satisfactorily passed an examination on the provisions and principles of the Constitution of the United States and of the state of Missouri, and in American history and American institutions.” 

Courses at UMKC that satisfy this state requirement are:

Choose one of the following:3
The Supreme Court And The Criminal Process
U.S. History to 1877 (Focus C) 1
U.S. History Since 1877 (Focus C) 1
Honors American Government (Focus C) 1
American Government (Focus C) 1
Total Credits3

There are a few other ways this requirement can be satisfied for students transferring to UMKC:

  • Take an equivalent course from the list above at a regionally accredited institution.
  • Earn credit for one of the above courses through AP, IB, or CLEP.
  • Take a course that directly satisfies the Missouri Constitution Requirement at another Missouri institution.
  • Have a previous bachelors degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Have an Associate of Arts degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Complete the 42 Hour Core at a Missouri institution and have it listed on the official transcript.

College of Arts & Sciences Degree Requirements

Students pursuing the bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees must complete a major. Students pursuing the bachelor of liberal arts degree must complete a minor. Additional details are available in the Student Services section of the catalog.

ALEKS Math Placement
Arts and Humanities Division of CAS or any UMKC Focus A Course 16
Science and Math Division of CAS or any UMKC Focus B Course (Satisfied in program requirements below)
Social and Behavioral Sciences Division of CAS or any UMKC Focus C Course 6
Writing Intensive Course (300-level or above; Satisfied in program requirements below)
Precalculus Algebra (or any 200-level or above Math/Stat course; Satisfied in program requirements below.)
Mathematics For Liberal Arts
Precalculus
Laboratory Science Experience (Satisfied in program requirements below)
Total Credits12

 Major Requirements

Students must successfully complete the major requirements below with at least 12 hours of the noted upper division (300+) course requirements completed at UMKC.

Environmental Science Emphasis Requirements

Mathematics Coursework
MATH 110
STAT 235
Precalculus Algebra
and Elementary Statistics 1
6
Science Coursework
BIOLOGY 108
108L
General Biology I
and General Biology I Laboratory
4
BIOLOGY 109
109L
General Biology II
and General Biology II Laboratory
4
CHEM 211
211L
General Chemistry I
and Experimental General Chemistry I
5
CHEM 212R
CHEM 212LR
General Chemistry II
and Experimental General Chemistry II
5
Earth and Environmental Science Coursework
ENV-SCI 110R
ENV-SCI 110L
Understanding the Earth: Introduction to Environmental Science and Laboratory
and Understanding the Earth Laboratory
5
Coursework common to all emphasis areas:
GEOG 203Introduction to Geographic Information Systems4
GEOLOGY 250LField Methods in Earth and Environmental Science3
or GEOLOGY 251L Field Methods in Earth and Environmental Science: Off-Campus
ENV-SCI 303Weather and Climate4
ENV-STDY 325Cultural Perspectives on the Environment3
GEOG 444Spatial Data Analysis4
GEOG 499WIGeography Seminar3
or ENV-STDY 499WI Environmental Studies Practicum
or GEOLOGY 499WI Geology Seminar
or GEOG 403WI History and Philosophy of Geoscience
Environmental Science Coursework
ENV-SCI/GEOG/GEOLOGY 321Climate Change Impact Assessment and Policy Response3
GEOG 360Principles of Biogeography4
GEOLOGY 370RHydrogeology3
ENV-SCI/GEOG/GEOLOGY 416Understanding and Living with Volcanoes3
Environmental Science Electives (choose 11 hours from the following):11
Marine and Freshwater Biology
Ecotoxicology
Evolution and the Geologic Record
Environmental Remote Sensing and Digital Image Analysis
Global Environmental Change
Energy Resources
Total Credits74

Geology Emphasis

Mathematics Coursework
Choose one of the following sequences:9
Precalculus Algebra
and Trigonometry
and Calculus I
Precalculus
and Calculus I
Science Coursework
CHEM 211
211L
General Chemistry I
and Experimental General Chemistry I
5
CHEM 212R
CHEM 212LR
General Chemistry II
and Experimental General Chemistry II
5
PHYSICS 210General Physics I 14
PHYSICS 220General Physics II 14
Earth and Environmental Science Coursework
GEOLOGY 220
220L
General Geology
and General Geology Laboratory
5
Coursework common to all emphasis areas:
GEOG 203Introduction to Geographic Information Systems4
GEOLOGY 250LField Methods in Earth and Environmental Science3
or GEOLOGY 251L Field Methods in Earth and Environmental Science: Off-Campus
ENV-SCI 303Weather and Climate4
ENV-STDY 325Cultural Perspectives on the Environment3
GEOG 444Spatial Data Analysis4
GEOG 499WIGeography Seminar3
or ENV-STDY 499WI Environmental Studies Practicum
or GEOLOGY 499WI Geology Seminar
or GEOG 403WI History and Philosophy of Geoscience
Geology Coursework
GEOLOGY 312Mineralogy4
GEOLOGY 325Sedimentology/Stratigraphy4
GEOLOGY 350Earth Structures and Tectonics4
GEOLOGY 490Geology Field Camp6
Geology Electives (choose 3 hours from the following):3
Evolution and the Geologic Record
Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
Hydrogeology
Environmental Geophysics
Introduction to Geochemistry
Total Credits74

Physical Geography Emphasis

Mathematics Coursework 1
MATH 110
STAT 235
Precalculus Algebra
and Elementary Statistics
6
Science Coursework 2
BIOLOGY 108
108L
General Biology I
and General Biology I Laboratory
4
BIOLOGY 109
109L
General Biology II
and General Biology II Laboratory
4
CHEM 211
211L
General Chemistry I
and Experimental General Chemistry I
5
CHEM 212R
CHEM 212LR
General Chemistry II
and Experimental General Chemistry II
5
Earth and Environmental Science Coursework
ENV-SCI 110R
ENV-SCI 110L
Understanding the Earth: Introduction to Environmental Science and Laboratory
and Understanding the Earth Laboratory
5
Coursework common to all emphasis areas:
GEOG 203Introduction to Geographic Information Systems4
GEOLOGY 250LField Methods in Earth and Environmental Science3
or GEOLOGY 251L Field Methods in Earth and Environmental Science: Off-Campus
ENV-SCI 303Weather and Climate4
ENV-STDY 325Cultural Perspectives on the Environment3
GEOG 444Spatial Data Analysis4
GEOG 499WIGeography Seminar3
or ENV-STDY 499WI Environmental Studies Practicum
or GEOLOGY 499WI Geology Seminar
or GEOG 403WI History and Philosophy of Geoscience
Physcal Geography Coursework
GEOG/GEOLOGY 314Principles of Geomorphology4
GEOG 401Advanced Geographic Information Science4
GEOG 402Environmental Remote Sensing and Digital Image Analysis4
GEOG 406Global Environmental Change3
Physical Geography Electives (choose 9 hours from the following):9
Climate Change Impact Assessment and Policy Response
Understanding and Living with Volcanoes
Urban Geography
Geography of the United States and Canada
Satellite Climatology
Total Credits74

Math and Science Requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree requires a minimum of 60 hours in math and science coursework. The number of credit hours needed to meet this minimum requirement are listed below.

Additional Math and Science Coursework0

General Electives

Students must take elective credit hours to meet the minimum credit hour requirement for their degree, including at least 36 credit hours of coursework at the 300-level or above. The minimum required by the university is 120 credit hours, of which at least 30 credit hours must be taken at UMKC, but some degree programs require more.

General Electives10

Minimum GPA: 2.0

Total Credit Hours: 120

Tools for Planning and Fulfilling Academic Requirements

UMKC's Major Maps are detailed, semester by semester plans that lead a student to complete all degree requirements within four years.  Plans include benchmarks and critical courses by term that assist a student’s evaluation of progress and major “fit”.  In order to ensure that the appropriate courses are taken, students are encouraged to consult with the undergraduate advisor for this major.

UMKC’s Degree Audit System provides an individual evaluation of all degree requirements (General Education Core, Degree Specific, Major Specific, etc.) for student’s officially recorded (Office of Registration and Records) and “what if” plans of study.  This evaluation is used to certify all graduation requirements.

UMKC’s Transfer Guides provide detailed guidance on recommended transfer coursework, plans of study, transfer timelines, and transfer contact information. To ensure a seamless transfer experience, students are encouraged to work with both their community college advisor and a UMKC advisor when planning their coursework.