The University of Texas at Arlington

Undergraduate Catalog 2008-2009

Table of Contents
About the Catalog

Undergraduate Admissions
Choose Your Major
Course Descriptions
Class Schedules

Volume XCII – July 2008
Previous Editions

UT Arlington Undergraduate Catalog Fall 2008
Academic Programs and Degree Offerings

The University of Texas at Arlington is organized into the following academic units:

UT Arlington offers baccalaureate degrees in the following areas:


Business Administration



Liberal Arts



Social Work

Urban and Public Affairs

UT Arlington/Fort Worth Center

UT Arlington/Fort Worth Center strives to serve the Tarrant County region with excellence in accessible, state-of-the-art, and affordable higher education. The Fort Worth Center is committed to:

UT Arlington/Fort Worth Center has partnered with Tarrant County College (TCC) to offer UT Arlington junior/senior level Business Administration courses that lead to a BBA degree in Management at select TCC campuses as well as the Fort Worth Center Santa Fe Station location.

UT Arlington/Fort Worth offers master's degree programs tailored for working professionals. The Executive MBA cohort program is designed for upper-level executives and can be completed in 15 months. The cohort-based Professional MBA program starts every fall and spring semesters and takes 24 months to complete. The cohort-based Master of Science in Healthcare Administration spans 24 months. The Master of Science in Engineering Management is also cohort in nature and takes 24 months from start to finish. The Scholars of Practice program is uniquely designed for graduate students seeking their Master of Education degree with Texas principal certification. This field-based administrator preparation experience spans five consecutive university semesters over an 18-month period. The Master of Science in Systems Engineering is a 36-hour program offered by the College of Engineering that consists of classroom and online instruction. The program takes 24 months to complete. These UT Arlington/Fort Worth Center programs and course offerings are the highest quality and most affordable of their kind in the Tarrant County region.

In addition, UT Arlington/Fort Worth provides select non-credit professional development and continuing education at the Santa Fe Station location.

UT Arlington/Fort Worth Center has two excellent locations in Fort Worth. The Santa Fe Station is located in downtown Fort Worth at 1401 Jones Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102. Riverbend Park is a satellite location housing the Master of Education and Master of Science in Systems Engineering graduate programs. Riverbend Park is conveniently located at 7300 Jack Newell Blvd. S., Fort Worth, TX 76118. Please access the UT Arlington/Fort Worth Center's Web site,, for more information. The main information phone number is 817-272-5988.

Center for Distance Education

The Center for Distance Education serves as a faculty, staff and student resource for the creation and delivery of online instruction at UT Arlington. Instructional designers and multimedia specialists at the Center work with faculty teachers to develop Internet-based courses and programs, at both the graduate and undergraduate level. The Center for Distance Education also serves as an information and coordination resource for all faculty, staff and students relative to distance education.

UT Arlington's Internet-based courses and degrees are accessed by learners throughout Texas, the United States, and around the world, attracting national attention and award status.

Further information regarding online degree programs is available in this catalog, by referring to the representative academic units. Complete information about distance education activities is available at, via e-mail to, or by calling 1-888-UTA-DIST (882-3478).

The University of Texas at Arlington utilizes a number of media and digital technologies to offer undergraduate and graduate courses and degree programs. Technologies for the delivery of distance education include videoconferencing, cable television, videotape, CD/DVD formats, as well as Internet-based technologies including learning management systems and synchronous online communication tools. For more information, contact the Center for Distance Education at 817-272-5727.

UT TeleCampus

Launched in May 1998, the UT TeleCampus is a central support system for online education initiatives among the 15 UT System institutions. Students may complete selected online courses and degree programs entirely at a distance and meet the same high-quality academic standards as their on-site equivalents. The UT TeleCampus provides extensive student services in addition to online learning opportunities.

For more information on the UT TeleCampus and its offerings, visit

Study Abroad Programs

To help students attain the education demanded by today's increasingly interdependent world, UT Arlington offers the opportunity to study overseas while earning credit toward a degree. Some programs involve direct enrollment in an overseas institution, while others are led by faculty members. Year, semester and summer programs are available. Fluency in another language is not a prerequisite.

Program offerings vary but typically include such countries as Australia, China, England, France, Italy, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Russia and Eastern Europe, Spain and Thailand. Students can find more information about these programs in the Study Abroad Reference Library in the Office of International Education, Swift Center, by visiting, or by calling 817-272-1120. Application deadlines for spring programs are typically in early October. Deadlines for most summer and fall programs are usually in mid-March.

Most financial aid that students would normally receive for studying at the University may continue to be utilized during a UT Arlington study abroad program. Participants are also eligible to apply for an International Education Fee Scholarship (IEFS). Applications are available from the Office of International Education and are due October 20 for spring programs, and March 31 for summer and fall programs.

Additional information regarding study abroad opportunities may also be available from individual academic departments.

Transfer Programs

The course offerings of the University are sufficient in the following fields for a student to complete the first two years of study toward a baccalaureate degree. The student must transfer to another institution to complete their studies. Information about the programs may be obtained from the Allied Health Coordinator in Room 351, Life Science Building.

Two-year transfer programs


Medicine and Dentistry

In general, medical and dental school admission committees do not state a preference about an undergraduate major field, leaving the student free to choose a degree program suited to individual abilities and interests. Therefore, the student may choose any major, after conferring with an advisor, if the minimum requirements stated by the professional schools are met.

Admission Requirements for The University of Texas Medical and Dental Schools


One year of college English


Two years, as required for college science majors; one year must include formal laboratory work


One-half year of college calculus; mathematics is not required for admission to dental school


One year, as required for college science majors


One year of general chemistry and one year of organic chemistry, as required for college science majors, including the corresponding laboratory experience


New Medical College Admission Test (New MCAT) or Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) as required

These requirements are representative of admission requirements for most other American medical and dental schools.

Health Professions Counseling and Advising

The Health Professions Counseling and Advising Center, located in Room 206, Life Science Building, provides counseling for students interested in medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy and veterinary medicine. All preprofessional students should contact the office upon entering the University. The services provided include new student orientation, academic advising, career counseling and assistance in applying to professional school. In addition, numerous career materials including catalogs, applications and testing information are available in Room 206, Life Science Building. The health professions counselor coordinates the Health Professions Advisory Committee's evaluation recommended for each premedical and predental student before applying to professional school. Students applying to professional schools should contact the health professions counselor at least one year prior to applying.

The Health Professions Advisory Committee, which is responsible for recommending students for medical and dental schools, bases evaluations on two factors: a student's academic record and personal qualities. The ideal applicant will demonstrate strength in both areas. The committee may decline to recommend students who have not completed at least a portion of his/her premedical sciences at The University of Texas at Arlington, or may be unable to recommend students because their personal qualities are not known. Therefore, it is important that a student actively participate in health profession programs involving medical schools and the Medical Dental Preparatory Association. Also, students should interact with the faculty and premedical advisor for at least one year prior to medical school application so the advisors will have an opportunity to become familiar with the students' individual background.

The Legal Profession

Law schools do not generally prefer any major field for undergraduate preparation. Consequently, pre-law students are free to choose the degree program that best suits their interests and abilities. Students who desire a pre-law education should choose a major and consult the advisor in the major department and/or in the University Advising Center early in their undergraduate career. Law schools do not customarily list required courses. It is recommended, however, that students choose courses from among those offered in the following areas:

Enterprise Development

The Division of Enterprise Development (formerly Continuing Education) provides lifelong learning opportunities for individuals of all ages who are interested in self-improvement, and contributing to their professional and personal growth. Continuing Education classes, notable for their diversity, are non-degreed and are offered under a variety of formats. Enrollment at the University or previous collegiate background is not necessary.

Professional and technical certifications are offered in Project Management, Paralegal, Microsoft, UNIX, Oracle and many more topics. Other programs enable individuals to begin a career in the healthcare industry such as becoming a pharmacy technician, patient care technician, dental assistant, veterinary assistant, or medical billing and coding specialist. Preparatory course for the GMAT, GRE, LSAT, and SAT are also scheduled routinely. In our computer labs, classes are available at all skill levels covering a wide range of software applications including Microsoft, Adobe, Macromedia, and AutoCAD, as well as variety of programming languages. For pleasure and personal enrichment, classes are offered in such diverse interests as art, cake decorating, dance, gardening, languages, music, photography, travel and wellness. For corporate customers, training and professional development opportunities can be specialized to meet specific business needs.

Courses are scheduled during weekdays, evenings and weekends for the convenience of the customer. Registration fees vary. For more information, contact the Division of Enterprise Development by calling 817-272-2581 or visit for a complete schedule of classes. Registration and payment can be made over the Internet, in person, by mail or by faxing 817-272-2556.