Undergraduate Pathway Program (UPP): Sciences

UMass Lowell College of Sciences fosters critical and creative thinking for a technical world. The world-class facilities for learning and research are enhanced by a faculty committed to making every effort to put your success first.

Your direct pathway to UMass Lowell



Two to three semesters

Semester start dates

Summer: May 2017

Fall: September 2017

Spring: January 2018

Program list:

    • Biology
      • Biotechnology
      • Bioinformatics
      • Ecology
      • Pre-Med Support

A degree in Biological Sciences prepares students for careers in biotechnology, medicine, ecology, and other life science fields. The training in biological sciences is integrated with that obtained from courses in related areas such as: chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Those interested may also elect selected courses in engineering and psychology. Electives in biochemistry, biotechnology, cell biology, environmental biology, immunobiology, and molecular biology are available to third and fourth year students.

    • Chemistry
      • Cheminformatics
      • Forensic Sciences

The Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry is both a professional and a pre-graduate school degree. Completion of the chemistry curriculum provides preparation for all areas of the chemical profession, as well as for graduate study in chemistry, dentistry, medicine, patent law, and teaching. Students completing the B.S. requirements graduate with a degree certified as being in a program approved by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society. The major typically includes 56-60 credits in chemistry courses and 26-30 credits in supporting science and mathematics courses. In addition to the university guidelines for core curriculum requirements.

Computer Science is the study of the design and use of computer systems. The goal of the computer science curriculum is to provide students with the tools to identify those problems that are best solved by means of a computer and to design and implement effective, economical and creative solutions.
The curriculum's required courses give students a strong foundation in both the software and hardware aspects of computing, as well as the mathematics and science that underlie the discipline. The electives in the later years allow students to study a particular area of computer science in greater depth. An option in Bioinformatics is available for those wanting to focus on applications of computer science to molecular biology, biochemistry and medicine.

For students who wish to explore the earth, weather and the environment, the department has three program concentrations that offer Bachelor of Science degrees in environmental science: Atmospheric Science (Meteorology), Environmental Studies or Geoscience (Geology). The programs of study provide a strong foundation in science and mathematics and a broad understanding of the natural environment. The diverse faculty, comprised of geologists, geophysicists, chemists and meteorologists, reflects the program's multidisciplinary approach. Its aim is to successfully prepare students for graduate school and for careers in research labs, industry, consulting, weather forecasting firms, and state and federal governmental agencies, such as the DEP and EPA.

    • Mathematics
      • Applied Computational Mathematics
      • Bioinformatics
      • Business Applications
      • Computer Science
      • Probability/Statistics

Mathematics provides tools for explanation and analysis in the physical, engineering, business and social sciences. These tools can help in areas as diverse as planning and evaluating market research, modeling problems in business and finance, developing new educational practices, comparing treatment groups in the biological and social sciences, providing fundamental organizing structure for the physical world and giving satisfaction to those who love mathematics for its own sake.

Sciences sample course list:-

UPP program components

UPP credit hours applied to degree: 30 / Remaining credit hours to complete degree program: 90

Semester 1 Course title Credits

NAV 101

Navigating the Undergraduate Pathway



College Writing A ESL



Calculus I


84.121 or 81.111

Chemistry I or Biology I plus Lab 4



Total credits


Semester 2 Course title Credits


College Writing I



Calculus II



Introduction to Sociology



Art Appreciation



Supplemental Instruction



Total credits


Semester 3 Course title Credits


College Writing II


84.122 or 81.112

Chemistry II or Biology II plus Lab



General Psychology



Supplemental Instruction



Total credits



Total program credits


Program information

Progression requirements:

  • Overall GPA of 2.5
  • No grade below C
  • Minimum number of credits: 30
  • Students must successfully complete College Writing II ESL in order to matriculate to sophomore year with UML.

Program notes:

  • Placement in Math and College Writing courses is determined by the University’s Math and English writing assessments. If students do not place into the math or writing course, an additional semester may be necessary.
  • Students in UPP: 3 Semesters with English start with a semester of Academic English and then proceed into the same course of study as students in UPP: 3 Semesters
Entry to second year of your UMass Lowell Kennedy College of Sciences degree

Bachelor of Science

  • Biology
    • Bioinformatics
    • Biotechnology
    • Ecology
  • Chemistry
    • Cheminformatics
    • Forensic Sciences
  • Computer Science
    • Bioinformatics/Cheminformatics
  • Environmental, Earth & Atmospheric Science
    • Atmospheric Science - Meteorology
    • Environmental Studies
    • Geoscience - Geology
  • Physics
    • Optics
    • Radiological Health Physics

Employment and Career Options

  • Scientist
  • Research Associate
  • Chemist
  • Meteorologist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Computer Programmer
  • Physicist
  • Business Consultant