Our Schools and Colleges
Our different schools and colleges collectively make up the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Each academic major “lives” in one of these schools and colleges.
You may also want to visit the Academics section of the UMass Amherst website at www.umass.edu for additional information.
Commonwealth Honors College
Commonwealth Honors College, our honors program, offers the advantages of a small honors college with the wonderfully diverse opportunities of a nationally recognized research university. The campus-wide program admits students from all majors in every academic college who are eligible to join. First-year honors students entering in the fall semester have the option to choose a theme-based Honors RAP or one the numerous Residential Academic Programs (RAP) offered in several of the living areas.
Students will be invited to join Commonwealth Honors College if they meet the following:
. combined (critical reasoning & math) SAT-I scores above 1300,
. a weighted high school GPA of "A-" or higher, and
. a high school class rank in the top 10 percent.
If you did not achieve all three criteria in high school, once you have completed two full-time semesters of 12 or more graded credits each and have a cumulative 3.4 GPA at the university, you are welcome to apply.
School of Education
The School of Education offers undergraduate courses of general interest to all students. Undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers as Early Childhood (grades PreK-2) or elementary (grades 1-6) complete an academic major in the Liberal Arts and Sciences. The School of Education offers a Minor in Education and an intial licensure program at the secondary level (grades 5-8; 8-10).
Eugene M. Isenberg School of Management
The Isenberg School prepares students to assume positions of responsibility in the diverse world of business. Students may pursue an education in a variety of business disciplines represented by majors in seven departments and two degree programs. Majors in the Accounting, Finance and Operations Management, Management, and Marketing departments earn the B.B.A. degree, while majors in the Hospitality and Tourism Management, Resource Economics, and Sport Management departments earn the B.S. degree.
School of Nursing
The School offers one major leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. The specialized areas of nursing include community health nursing, parent-child nursing, medical-surgical nursing, rehabilitation nursing, and mental health nursing. Nurses' responsibilities have expanded and for today's professional nurse, a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing is essential.
College of Natural Sciences
The College encompasses the disciplines that are essential to all fields of scientific research and application: agricultural, life, computational, and physical sciences. Majors lead to a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science, Astronomy; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Biology; Building and Construction Technology; Chemistry; Computer Science; Earth Systems; Environmental Science; Food Science; Geography; Geology; Mathematics; Microbiology; Natural Resource Conservation; Physics; Plant, Soil and Insect Sciences; Pre-Veterinary; Psychology; and Science. Some majors may earn a Bachelor of Arts degree instead of a Bachelor of Science. The following majors do not offer a Bachelor of Arts degree: Animal Science, Building and Construction Technology; Environmental Science; Food Science; Natural Resource Conservation; Plant, Soil and Insect Sciences; Pre-Veterinary; and Science.
The College of Natural Sciences also houses the Stockbridge School, which offers two-year Associate of Science degrees in Arboriculture and Community Forest Management, Equine Industries, Fruit and Vegetable Crops, Horticulture, Landscape Contracting, and Turfgrass Management.
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Study in the social and behavioral sciences focuses on human behavior and organization from cultural and social perspectives. The social sciences try to explain how we are both social and individual beings. The following departments in the College offer programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts: Anthropology, Communication, Economics, Journalism, Legal Studies, Political Science, Social Thought and Political Economy, and Sociology. Environmental Design and Landscape Architecture offer programs leading to the Bachelor of Science.
School of Public Health and Health Sciences
The disciplines of Public Health and Health Sciences center on human health and well-being. The course offerings span the range from laboratory to clinic to community-based coursework and experiences. The School offers Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in Communication Disorders, Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Public Health Sciences, preparing students for a wide variety of careers as well as graduate education in academic or professional schools.
College of Engineering
The College offers six Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees: Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Systems Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. All B.S. degrees are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Engineering students have the opportunity to pursue minors in a number of other fields, such as mathematics, chemistry or physics. They can also choose the Engineering Management minor offered by the Isenberg School of Management.
College of Humanities and Fine Arts
By focusing on human creativity, past and present, the humanities and arts challenge students to realize their own creative potential to the fullest extent possible. Students in the College are expected to broaden their perspectives on individual and cultural expression within their own and other societies, past and present, and to put into practice what they learn by creating fresh ideas, new themes and designs, innovative interpretations, and novel forms of art and civic engagement. Humanities and Fine Arts majors acquire a broad liberal arts background and superb communication skills. All departments in the College offer programs leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts: Afro-American Studies; Art; Art History; Classics; English; History; Judaic and Near Eastern Studies; Languages, Literatures and Cultures; Music and Dance; Philosophy; Theater; and Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies. There are also programs leading to the Bachelor of Music and to the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art, Architecture, Design, and Dance.