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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Demonstrate competence with the formal language and structure of mathematical proofs by explicating and applying concepts, theorems, or standard proofs, providing and/or analyzing relevant examples and counterexamples, and demonstrating the reasoning skills necessary to construct logically correct and well-structured proofs.
  • Demonstrate competence with the formal language and structure of applied mathematical or statistical theory by synthesizing and applying concepts and techniques, demonstrating the reasoning skills necessary to construct logically correct, well-structured mathematical models or statistical analyses, and explaining both how applied mathematical or statistical theory gives rise to commonly used techniques, and the assumptions behind those techniques.
  • Demonstrate the ability to recognize and understand the relationship between scientific concepts and their mathematical representations by analyzing quantitative information from such relationships between scientific concepts and their mathematical representations, implementing analytical or numerical techniques and computations for a given task, and demonstrating the ability to carry out those computations.
  • Demonstrate qualitative skills, such as the ability to translate real-world problems into mathematical language, choose and apply analytical, statistical, or numerical strategies and techniques, provide exact or approximate solutions or partial solutions to problems as required, and interpret and explain the results and the assumptions behind those results as well as the appropriateness of the techniques chosen.
  • Demonstrate the ability to prepare background materials or gather data, write and produce one or more revisions seeking out peer or other reviews, and finally produce a mathematics or statistics long written assignment, a project report including an explanation of how results pertain to the research question, an exposition of mathematics or statistics, or create and give an oral presentation, in all cases tailoring the writing or presentation to a given audience.

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

See the UMKC General Education Core section of the catalog for available Anchor and Focus course options.

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
Constitutional History of the United States
Honors American Government (Focus C) 1
American Government (Focus C) 1
Total Credits3

 Course may satisfy both the UMKC General Education Core (Focus C) and Constitution requirements.

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 16
Science and Math Division of CAS 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences Division of CAS 6
Junior/Senior-Level Writing Intensive Course3
Foreign Language (3rd Semester Level)9
MATH 110, MATH 116, or any 200-level or above Math/Stat course (Satisfied in program requirements below)
Laboratory Science Experience 1
Total Credits31

ENGLISH 110, ENGLISH 225, COMM-ST 110, and foreign language courses at 211 or below do not fulfill this requirement.


This requirement may be fulfilled by courses from either the UMKC General Education Core or the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements.

 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.

MATH 120Precalculus (Focus B)5
MATH 210Calculus I (Focus B)4
or MATH 216 Calculus for Biological Sciences
MATH 220Calculus II4
MATH 250Calculus III4
Select a minimum of 21 hours of coursework in mathematics or statistics at the 300 level or above, including the following: 121
Linear Algebra I
Advanced Analysis I
Modern Algebra
Linear Algebra II
Total Credits38

At least four of the courses at the 300 level or above must be completed in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at UMKC.

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 Electives27

Minimum GPA: 2.0

Total Credit Hours: 120

Suggested Plan of Study

Because of the diversity of acceptable programs available, a four-year plan of study is not suggested. Students are cautioned, however, that certain mathematics courses must be taken in the appropriate sequence. Students should consult with a department undergraduate advisor to plan a program of study.

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.