Jul 22, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog | 2024-2025 
Undergraduate Catalog | 2024-2025

College of Science

The College of Science (COS) was formed in 2023 from the former College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. It is a community of faculty, staff, and students who are shaping the future through science.  Science is at the heart of everything we do including innovative research, inclusive teaching and mentoring, engagement with the Charlotte region, leadership in professional organizations, entrepreneurship, and developing the leaders of tomorrow.

Although faculty within the College are committed to departmentally based programs, increased emphasis is being placed on providing strong interdisciplinary programs.  The College also strives to promote intercultural understanding through student exchanges and travel opportunities.


The College of Science consists of these departments/offices:

Degree Programs





Undergraduate Certificates


Honors Programs


Graduate Early Entry Programs

Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements

Since all students entering the University must meet the same General Education requirements regardless of major, it is appropriate to concentrate on the completion of those requirements before committing to a specific major.

Undeclared students have time to enroll in courses in several disciplines, which allows them to make a more informed judgment about future career decisions. Advisors have a broad working experience with the requirements for majors and offer assistance as students search for the education choice best suited to their individual needs.

Degree Programs/Majors and Minors Requirements

Students in the College of Science must satisfy the requirements for the degree program(s) in which they are enrolled. Students should consult with their chosen department to make certain they fully understand all degree requirements. Many students also pursue a second degree or even a  minor(s) in conjunction with their major degree program. Students should be familiar with the requirements of any minor program of study they attempt to complete.

All program-level Admission and Progression Requirements are in addition to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Admissions Requirements .

Foreign Language Requirement

College of Science Foreign Language Requirement    


The College of Science offers advising for students who have enrolled in a major or pre-major within the college.  Professional and/or faculty advisors are available to provide guidance on both major and/or pre-major requirements, as well as General Education requirements.

The advising team is dedicated to establishing relationships with all COS freshmen and pre-major transfer students that help them achieve their academic, personal, and professional goals. The advisors are also dedicated to connecting students to enrichment opportunities in the departments as well as across campus and beyond.

Experiential Learning and Service Opportunities

The college aims to inspire innovative thinking in undergraduate students and contribute to the development of creative problem solvers, innovative leaders, and engaged citizens through an initiative called LEADS.  Students are also encouraged to participate in professional work experiences in support of their academic and career development through cooperative education, 49ership, departmental undergraduate research, community-engaged research and service, and internship programs offered to them. The partnership with the University Career Center expands experiential learning offerings so more students graduate with career-related experience. For more information about experiential learning opportunities, please see the University Career Center section of this Catalog.