UMass Lowell's academic programs, offered through six colleges, cover the spectrum of learning from traditional programs like history, philosophy, biology, art and music, to interdisciplinary programs like sound-recording technology, global studies, energy engineering and robotics. Our programs are infused with opportunities for learning through experience in research labs, industry and campus-based co-ops, internships and service to diverse communities.
The University operates on a calendar of two semesters, a three-week intersession in January, and a summer term with two sessions. Full-time undergraduates generally take five courses each semester. A minimum of 120 credits is required for baccalaureate degrees; the minimum credits required for professional degree programs are generally higher. A University general education requirement is imposed for all baccalaureate programs. Majors require 30-60 credits. Elective course options vary widely according to the degree program and major area. Professional degree program options and requirements follow specific accreditation guidelines. Maximum curricular freedom is permitted in B.A. programs. The academic climate is both serious and supportive, and requires self-motivation.
First Year Program
We want you to start off on the right foot. The First Year program provides learning communities, a freshman leadership program and an ongoing schedule of educational and recreational activities.
Commonwealth Honors Program
Students who thrive on challenge and like to achieve at a high level can add the distinction of Commonwealth Honors Program Scholar to their resumes. The program is open to students across the University. Offerings include a special first-year seminar, dedicated honors courses, regular courses with honors components, research opportunities and a host of activities and events. Honors House is a dedicated residence hall with faculty in residence. www.uml.edu/honors
Centers for Learning
Everyone needs a little help sometime and it's available at the Centers for Learning and Academic Support Services. CLASS offers individual and group tutoring (peer tutors cover more than 70 subject areas) and help choosing your courses, editing a paper or improving your study skills. www.class.uml.edu
Career Services & Cooperative Education Center:
The Career Services & Cooperative Education Center is a resource for finding a job when you graduate and for locating internships, co-ops and part-time and summer jobs. The staff will help you identify career paths, connect with alumni in your field, polish your resume and prepare for interviews. www.uml.edu/career
The University is committed to helping students develop a global perspective in the belief that it is an important life skill. Students have access to study, work and service opportunities in every corner of the globe. In many cases, students can use financial aid to cover some of the costs associated with studying abroad. UMass Lowell enables students to spend time studying in almost any country in the world during a semester, year, or summer or winter session. A growing number of formal partnerships with universities around the world reflect both the diversity of our own community and contemporary geo-politics.
Majors and Degrees Offered
Dual majors are permitted. Dual B.A./B.S. and an array of bachelor's-to-master's degree programs are available in liberal arts, science, and engineering fields. Pre-dental and premedical programs are also available.
The College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences offers baccalaureate programs in American studies, art, criminal justice, design, economics, English, environmental studies, history, liberal arts, modern languages, music business, music performance, music studies, peace and conflict studies, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, and sound recording technology.
The College of Sciences offers baccalaureate programs in biological sciences; chemistry with an option in forensics science; computer science; environmental, earth, and atmospheric sciences (meteorology); mathematics; and physics.
The James B. Francis College of Engineering offers baccalaureate day programs in chemical, civil and environmental, electrical and computer, mechanical, and plastics engineering. Engineering programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET).
The School of Health and Environment offers baccalaureate day programs in clinical sciences, which is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS); community health education; environmental health; exercise physiology; medical technology; nursing, which is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC); and nutritional science.
The Manning School of Business offers baccalaureate day programs, all of which are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International in business administration (B.S.B.A.), with concentrations in accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, international business, management, management information systems, marketing, and supply chain and operations management
The University's Graduate School of Education offers widely respected master's and doctoral programs, as well as a range of initial certification courses.