College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering

Mission Statement

The University of North Alabama College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering (CASE) is committed to providing an environment within our campus and community that fosters knowledge, skill, artistic and cultural enrichment, research, and discovery by supporting independence, creativity, and innovation.

The arts and sciences provide the foundational education for every UNA student to achieve a lifetime of professional success and personal fulfillment. By engaging in one or more of our 19 departments and 60+ programs, you will have ample opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors both in and out of the classroom. Immersive experiences such as internships, education abroad, research and creative activities, and service learning help to deepen classroom instruction and prepare students to become effective leaders in their chosen fields. Come and see what CASE has to offer!  

A Message from the Dean

Dr. Sara Lynn Baird

Dr. Sara Lynn Baird

Welcome to the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering (CASE) at the University of North Alabama. The College, comprised of 19 departments and the School of the Arts, includes over 200 full-time faculty and staff and over 3000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. We offer over 60 unique majors and minors with a wide array of degrees and curricular concentrations. The largest and most diverse college on campus, the CASE includes arts, humanities, STEM areas, and social sciences. The College is committed to providing an environment within our campus and community that fosters knowledge, skill, artistic and cultural enrichment, research, and discovery by supporting independence, creativity, and innovation with a strong emphasis on experiential opportunities.

In the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering, we are proud to offer an intimate and nurturing atmosphere that offers opportunities for interaction with faculty and administrators. I invite you to explore our departmental and college website for information about our various departments, programs, and opportunities.

UNA was designated in 2020 and 2021 as one of the best Regional Universities by US News and World Report and we achieved Top Producer of Fulbright Awards status two years in a row for 2019-2020 and 2020-2021. has ranked UNA third in the state among colleges in Alabama. Our faculty consistently exhibit excellence in the classroom and are dedicated to providing an exceptional learning environment for our students. Many of our faculty excel in research productivity and creative activity, nationally and internationally.

We hope you will consider joining our academic family where you can follow your passion. If you would like additional information about the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering or any of our programs, please contact For information about campus visits or tours, please visit our Schedule a Tour webpage.

The College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering students, faculty, and staff are dedicated to the highest standards of excellence. As we approach the beginning of our third century of service to Alabama and beyond, we are proud of our heritage and excited about our future.

Roar Lions!

Sara Lynn Baird, PhD
Dean and Professor


Through its departments, the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering offers programs of study leading to the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees, the Bachelor of Social Work degree, and the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree; provides pre-professional preparation for a variety of special fields; provides many of the subject fields approved for the degree program in secondary education offered by the College of Education and Human Sciences; offers the senior ROTC program; and supplies most of the coursework common to the basic undergraduate program and to the general education components in all university bachelor’s degree programs.

The College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering contains the following departments and programs:

School of the Arts 

School of the Arts

The University of North Alabama School of the Arts (SOTA), within the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering, promotes the artistic enrichment of the campus and surrounding communities by facilitating student expression and creativity through studies in Cinematic Arts, Culinary Arts Management, Fashion Merchandising and Design, Hospitality and Events Management, Interior Architecture and Design, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts. SOTA cultivates a diverse, collaborative, and inclusive environment while advocating for equity in arts education.

Degree concentrations offered include options from the Department of Music, the Department of Visual Arts and Design, and the Department of Cinematic Arts and Theatre.

Degree Programs

In degree programs offered by the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering, the student may elect either the Bachelor of Arts degree program or the Bachelor of Science degree program with any major listed for these degrees on fulfillment of the minimum requirements prescribed for each below. For the University’s basic program of study, course sequences, general requirements and procedures for graduation, reference should be made to Academic Procedures and Requirements. Reference also should be made to the major program selected for specific hour and course requirements. Courses taken to satisfy requirements in the general education components are applicable for satisfying major and minor requirements for the same courses, and the total credit hour requirements for the major and minor fields may be reduced thereby. Specific courses required for the fulfillment of major and/or minor requirements may be applied to the fulfillment of requirements for both or for another major or minor; however, these courses count only once toward the 120-semester hours required (except where specified higher) for graduation.

Minor Fields

The College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering offers minor field concentrations in:

Secondary Certification

Although the regular programs for the preparation of secondary teachers for  the public schools are offered in the College of Education and Human Sciences, students taking degree programs in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering may also qualify for the Alabama Class B Professional Certificate by taking subject fields approved for secondary certification and

  1. by satisfying the requirements for admission to and retention in programs of educator preparation as prescribed by the College of Education and Human Sciences,
  2. by completing the additional prescribed coursework in both general education and professional education as prescribed by the College of Education and Human Sciences, and
  3. by satisfying the State Board of Education grade point average and  test score  requirements (see College of Education and Human Sciences).

Preprofessional Programs

The College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering provides undergraduate work of one to four years required for admission to professional schools in the areas listed below. For preprofessional programs in the health professions, a Health Professions Advisory Committee provides special advisory and informational services to interested students.

  • Agriculture and Forestry  
  • Architecture            
  • Engineering     
  • Law   
  • Pre-Health Professions 
    • Medicine (allopathic and osteopathic)
    • Dentistry
    • Optometry
    • Physician Assistant
    • Pharmacy
    • Veterinary Medicine
    • Physical Therapy
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Allied Health
  • Other Preprofessional Programs

For descriptions and recommended schedules on these programs see Preprofessional Programs.  

Special Programs and Activities 


Center for Sustainability

The UNA Center for Sustainability is a unique interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary organization that fosters pedagogy, research and scholarship, awareness, and development initiatives in all aspects of sustainability. The Center is inclusive of the broadest range of disciplines, and draws strength and credibility through its diversity. The Center includes learning and understanding of sustainability issues at the local, state, national and global scales and seeks their solutions. We seek to learn how to learn and make decisions in our rapidly-changing world.  The Center works with all elements of the academic and surrounding community, including students, faculty, and staff to promote an understanding and awareness of sustainability issues by coordinating informational presentations and promoting energy and water conservation, waste minimization, recycling, sustainable building and landscape design, alternative transportation, and procurement of green products.

Centre for British Studies

The UNA Centre for British Studies promotes research and teaching in all aspects of British life: cultural, political, social, and intellectual. The CBS advocates an interdisciplinary approach to British Studies by bringing together scholars and apprentice scholars in the humanities, fine arts, social sciences, and related fields. The UNA Centre for British Studies seeks to promote greater understanding amongst the university community and academic community both at home and abroad by facilitating contacts amongst all who take an interest in Britain.

Freddie Wood Geographic Research Center

The Center, a research, teaching and public service unit of the Department of Geography, has a three-fold purpose.  It enhances the instructional programs of the University, creates research opportunities for students and faculty, and extends benefits of the technology and research to potential users.

Public History Center

The Public History Center serves as the consulting branch of the Public History Program at the University of North Alabama, and supervises public history graduate students in their fieldwork and project development. Additionally, the Public History Center staff participates in community outreach, research, content development, and historic site strategy, and maintains a close project partnership with the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area.

Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Center

The Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Center promotes a multidisciplinary, collaborative research community. The Center encourages and facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration between faculty, performs research, provides students with applied research experience, and provides consultation and program evaluation to agencies in the community.


Herbarium and Plant Resources Research Laboratory

The focus of the Laboratory is to maintain in the Department of Biology a complete plant collection for use by students and faculty as an instructional and research resource. It also serves as a historical record of the plant species that occur in northwestern Alabama, northeastern Mississippi and south-central Tennessee. The Laboratory functions in the identification and/or verification of unknown plant material, promotes public awareness of rare and/or endangered species, and conducts environmental impact studies and floristic surveys. In addition, continuing education courses and workshops in plant studies may be offered to the public.

Occupational and Environmental Health Laboratory

The OEHL provides industrial hygiene consultation and other relevant health and environmental services to local industries as a public service of the Department of Chemistry and Occupational Health Science.  Typical services include, but are not limited to, occupational air sampling, noise sampling, heat stress analysis and ergonomic assessments.  The OEHL provides opportunities for student participation in occupational and environmental health assessments under the direction of a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) faculty member.

Program: Critical Languages Program

Under the auspices of the National Association of Self-Instructional Language Programs (, the Department of Foreign Languages offers foundational courses in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, and Turkish utilizing native-speaker language partners in the classroom and external examiners who administer the final exams. 


Accelerated Master's Program (AMP)