UPP: Arts and Sciences

The Undergraduate Pathway Program (UPP) consists of for-credit courses, which will earn credits towards your UMass Dartmouth bachelor's degree, along with support classes to assist your successful study. The UPP provides you with the appropriate platform to be successful in your UMass Dartmouth degree. Students in the UPP program will live and take classes on the Dartmouth campus.

Almost half of the students at UMass Dartmouth pursue majors in the College of Arts & Sciences. A liberal arts education prepares you to analyze information, develop creative solutions, and then communicate your ideas — skills that are highly valued in any career.

Your direct pathway to UMass Dartmouth

High School

Enter year 2 @ University of Massachusetts Dartmouth


Year Cost Duration



2 or 3 Semesters

*estimate only



Two to three semesters

Semester start dates


Spring: May 24, 2017

Fall: August 29, 2017

Spring: January 17, 2017

UPP program components
Semester 1 - Sample Course title Credits

ALC 100

American Languages & Cultures


NAV 098

Integrated University Learning Skills


MUS 101

Introduction to Music


SOA 101

Introduction to Sociology


Total credits


Semester 2 - Sample Course title Credits

ENL 101

Critical Reading & Writing I


MTH 146

Finite Math


CHM 130

Chemistry and the Environment


PHL 110

Principals of Critical Thinking


Total credits


Semester 3 - Sample Course title Credits

ENL 102

Critical Reading & Writing II


MIS 101

The Business Organization


MLS 106

Contemporary Topics in Human Ecology


HST 103

World History


Total credits


Total program credits 30
Program Information

Credit hours :

UPP credit hours applied to degree : 27-30

Remaining credit hours to complete degree program: 90-93

Progression requirement:

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater


Courese information:

  • Please note that these are example course listings and actual student schedules are subject to vary based on semester course offerings, program start term, and student' English proficiency upon entry and academic progress throughout the program.

  • The majority of courses offered during the Undergraduate Pathway Program fullfill general education requirements as part of the UMass Dartmouth University Studies curriculum, which all undergraduate students are required to complete, regardless of major/chosen study concentration.

Entry into 2nd year of

  • Bachelor of Science in Biology*
  • Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology*
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry*
  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry*
  • Bachelor of Arts in Crime & Justice Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics
  • Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Bachelor of Arts in French
  • Bachelor of Arts in History
  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  • Bachelor of Arts in Portuguese
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
  • Bachelor of Arts in Women's Studies

* these majors could take longer than 4 years based on structure at UMass Dartmouth

Popular Careers for Graduates

  • Medical/Clinical Laboratory
  • Microbiology
  • Environmental Research
  • Software Development
  • Information Technology
  • Energy Management
  • Statistical Analyst
  • Operations Management
  • Nano/Bio-technology
  • Cultural Affairs Specialist
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Consultant
  • Journalist
  • Publisher
  • Designer
  • Lawyer
  • Teacher
  • Psychologist