The University of Texas at Arlington Undergraduate Catalog

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Degree Program Requirements


Undergraduate Admission to a Degree Program
Admission to the University’s degree programs is determined by application to the academic unit offering the degree. Before being admitted to a degree program, students must complete:

30 credit hours of the University’s core curriculum (including credit by examination and transfer credit) and 30 credit hours at U.T. Arlington (including core credit hours but not including credit by examination)
40 credit hours of the University’s core curriculum (including credit by examination and transfer hours) and 12 credit hours at U.T. Arlington (including core credit hours but not including credit by examination)

Degree programs may require students to complete additional courses or hours in residence prior to applying for admission.

Degree Plan
Students are responsible for requesting the preparation of a degree plan through their major department advisor during the semester following admission to a degree program. No deviation from a degree plan will be allowed except with the written approval of the department advisor, the chair of the major department and the academic dean. A student should file an application for graduation in the Registrar’s Office before the start of the student’s final semester of work for a degree. After the student makes application for graduation, the registrar’s representative will determine when the graduation requirements have been met.

Minor Field of Study
A minor requires at least 18 semester hours in a given program, including six hours of advanced work. Specific course sequences for a minor are determined by the program offering the minor. Since some undergraduate degree programs do not offer minors, students should consult an advisor in their program of study.

The Core Curriculum
The University of Texas at Arlington is committed to ensuring that students take a common core of courses during their tenure at the institution. These courses are central to any career a student may choose, since they provide basic skills, perspectives and knowledge. The remainder of a student’s course work will focus on the methods, skills and knowledge appropriate to whatever field or discipline he or she chooses. One virtue of a core curriculum, besides the obvious practical one of helping graduates adapt to a rapidly changing economy, is that it provides a common cultural experience. This shared experience facilitates both appreciation and criticism of the values, norms and institutions of one’s culture.

The specific aims of U.T. Arlington’s core curriculum are to ensure that each graduate: (1) be able to read and write clear, correct English; (2) understand the features and exemplars of the major literary forms; (3) understand the basic principles of critical thinking, argument and mathematical relationships (as well as the relations among these; (4) understand and appreciate the scientific method of problem analysis (as well as the principal results in various fields); (5) comprehend the nature of historical research and the relevance of historical events to contemporary situations; (6) be able to analyze political and economic phenomena, including the functioning of and relations among national, state and local governments; (7) understand various forms of art and aesthetic principles; and (8) have a practical and theoretical knowledge of various human cultures, past and present.

Core Curriculum for a Bachelor’s Degree
The University requires the following courses for each degree:

English Composition
Six hours (1301 and 1302 or suitable substitutes).
Three hours of English or modern language literature or other approved substitute.
Liberal Arts Elective
Three hours above the freshman level of literature, or social and cultural studies designated as taught in the College of Liberal Arts, or fine arts or philosophy, or technical writing.
U.S. History
Six hours of American history or three hours of American and three hours of Texas history. (This requirement is mandated by state law and cannot be waived.)
U.S. Political Science
Six hours covering U.S. and Texas constitutions. (This requirement is mandated by state law and cannot be waived.)
Six hours (level of college algebra or higher).
Natural Science
Eight hours in a single lab science (biology, chemistry, geology or physics).
Social/Cultural Studies
Three hours*.
Fine Arts
Three hours from art, dance, music, architecture or theatre arts.
* The Social and Cultural Studies requirement will be satisfied by designated courses which have been approved by the Undergraduate Assembly. For a list of approved courses, contact the University Advising Center or the student’s major department.

International students whose secondary education was taught in their native tongue (other than English) may meet the modern language requirement for the Bachelor of Arts degree by successfully completing six additional hours in English beyond the general requirements for a bachelor’s degree. The eight additional hours needed to fulfill the total degree requirements must be approved by the student’s major department and must be included in the degree plan. The major department has the right to stipulate the modern language permitted for the bachelor’s degree, provided the language is taught at U.T. Arlington.

Competence in Computer Use
Graduating students should be proficient in the use of computers. Proficiency is understood as the ability to use word-processing, database/spreadsheet and representative software of one’s major discipline. Each student should be able to tap the communications, analytical and information-retrieval potential of computers to solve research problems and be able to evaluate the results. Students should consult their departmental, school or college advisors to determine the mechanisms by which they can demonstrate proficiency. An examination or completion of a department- or college-designated course may be required.

Competence in Oral Presentations
Students should have proficiency in oral communication skills including interaction in classroom settings to meet the needs of course work and the use of acceptable grammar and pronunciation in formal presentations. Students should consult their individual department, school or college advisors to determine the mechanisms by which they can demonstrate this competency. A proficiency examination or completion of a department- or college-designated course may be required.

Tuition for Excessive Undergraduate Hours
Based on a Texas legislative ruling, freshman students who first enrolled in a college or university in fall 1999 or a later semester will face a higher tuition rate if attempted undergraduate hours go beyond a designated limit. A student in that status will be required to pay nonresident tuition rates when attempted semester hours exceed by 45 or more the hours required for the student’s declared baccalaureate degree.

This ruling applies to any grade, including a W (withdrawn) or WF (withdrawn failing), that is received from a Texas public institution of higher education. Semester hours earned at a private or an out-of-state institution are not counted toward the limit. Some other exceptions may apply. Additional information about the limit on attempted undergraduate semester hours may be obtained from the Graduation section in the Registrar’s Office.

Residency Requirements
The degree requirements for graduation in specific divisions of the University are explained at the beginning of each division in the catalog. In addition:

• Each candidate for a degree must complete and receive credit in residence* for:
(a) 25 percent of the semester credit hours required for a degree
(some colleges or schools may have additional residency require-
(b) at least 24 of the last 30 semester hours required for a bachelor’s degree
(c) at least 18 semester hours of advanced (3000/4000 level) course work, to include 12 hours of advanced courses in the major subject
• Successful completion of a course of study prescribed by the major department, including a minimum of 36 advanced hours, is required for a degree at U.T. Arlington. Courses numbered with a first digit of 3 or 4 are classified as advanced courses.
• A minimum overall grade point average of 2.0 (C average) is required. In addition, a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in the major is required. Individual units will determine the specific courses to be included in the calculation of the GPA in the major. (The College of Business Administration requires a 2.0 overall grade-point average, 2.0 on all course work taken in the college, and 2.0 within the major and concentration area for those majors having a concentration.)
• No more than 30 of the semester hours required for any degree may be completed by correspondence and/or extension.
• Only the required four semester hours of exercise and sport activities courses may be counted for graduation. Additional activity courses taken will not be calculated in the student’s grade point average.
• Graduate courses (numbered 5000 and above) cannot be used to fulfill undergraduate degree requirements except in programs approved by the Undergraduate Assembly.
• To qualify for a second bachelor’s degree, a student must complete all the degree requirements as stated in the catalog for that degree and must complete no fewer than 30 semester hours beyond those of the bachelor’s degree program requiring the greater number of hours. The additional hours must be taken in residence at U.T. Arlington.

* The term “in residence” is defined as in residence at the (U.T. System) component which ultimately grants the degree. Residence credit does not include courses taken by extension or correspondence.



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