The University of Texas at Arlington

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Volume XCII – July 2008
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UT Arlington Undergraduate Catalog Fall 2008
University Profile

The University of Texas at Arlington is located in the heart of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, one of the fastest growing areas in the nation. UT Arlington is a Carnegie Doctoral/Research Universities-Extensive teaching, research and public service university offering an array of baccalaureate, master's, doctoral and professional degrees. A modern 392-acre campus a few blocks from downtown Arlington offers easy access to museums, concerts, ballet, theater, family recreation, professional sports and other amenities.

Founded in 1895 as Arlington College, a private liberal arts institution, UT Arlington has undergone a succession of names, ownerships and missions. The University was elevated to senior college status in 1959 and was transferred from the Texas A&M System to The University of Texas System in 1965. Its final name change came in 1967, when it became The University of Texas at Arlington.

The University of Texas at Arlington has an enrollment of about 25,000 students. The student body is diverse with students representing almost every state in the United States and more than 100 countries. The University's academic units include the School of Architecture, College of Business, College of Education, College of Engineering, Honors College, College of Liberal Arts, School of Nursing, College of Science, School of Social Work, and School of Urban and Public Affairs. Additionally, the Graduate School oversees the administration of academic programs beyond the baccalaureate level.

In response to societal needs, UT Arlington has evolved into a renowned university within the state and one of emerging position nationally and internationally. The University's history of achievement can be attributed to its outstanding faculty; a strong student body; a record of success by graduates in their respective fields; and the growth of the Dallas/Fort Worth area as a nationally and internationally significant metropolis.

Mission Statement

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research, teaching, and public service institution whose mission is the advancement of knowledge and the pursuit of excellence. The University is committed to the promotion of lifelong learning through its academic and continuing education programs and to the formation of good citizenship through its community service learning programs. The diverse student body shares a wide range of cultural values and the University community fosters unity of purpose and cultivates mutual respect.

As a University, we affirm our commitment to the following objectives:

Accreditation

The University of Texas at Arlington is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation status of The University of Texas at Arlington.

In addition, many of UT Arlington's academic departments and schools have received national accreditation from specific agencies. These accreditations are detailed under the individual listings for departments and schools in this catalog.

Since 1993, students and faculty of The University of Texas at Arlington have benefited from its membership in Oak Ridge Associated Universities. ORAU is a consortium of 98 colleges and universities and a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. ORAU works with its member institutions to help their students and faculty gain access to federal research facilities throughout the country; to keep its members informed about opportunities for fellowship, scholarship, and research appointments; and to organize research alliances among its members.

Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), the DOE facility that ORAU operates, undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates, as well as faculty enjoy access to a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Students can participate in programs covering a wide variety of disciplines including business, earth sciences, epidemiology, engineering, physics, geological sciences, pharmacology, ocean sciences, biomedical sciences, nuclear chemistry and mathematics. Appointment and program length range from one month to four years. Many of these programs are especially designed to increase the numbers of under-represented minority students pursuing degrees in science- and engineering-related disciplines. A comprehensive listing of these programs and other opportunities, their disciplines, and details on locations and benefits can be found in the ORISE Catalog of Education and Training Programs, which is available at www.orau.gov/orise/educ.htm, or by calling either of the contacts below.

ORAU's Office of Partnership Development seeks opportunities for partnerships and alliances among ORAU's members, private industry and major federal facilities. Activities include faculty development programs, such as the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards, the Visiting Industrial Scholars Program, consortium research funding initiatives, faculty research and support programs as well as services to chief research officers.

For more information about ORAU and its programs, contact:

Ronald L. Elsenbaumer
Vice President for Research
ORAU Councilor for The University of Texas at Arlington

Monnie E. Champion
ORAU Corporate Secretary (865-576-3306)

or visit the ORAU Home Page (www.orau.org)

Government

The government of UT Arlington is vested in a nine-member Board of Regents of The University of Texas System, nominated by the governor and approved by the Senate. The Office of the Chancellor is the chief administrative office of The University of Texas System and is located in Austin. The chief administrative officer of UT Arlington is the University president, under the authority of the Office of the Chancellor of the UT System and the Board of Regents. A complete statement of the authority and duties of the Regents and of the several officers, together with an account of the organization of the system, is published in the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System.

Equal Opportunity Policy

The University of Texas at Arlington complies with the Equal Pay Act of 1963, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, 1990, the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974, the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act and the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System.

It is the policy of The University of Texas at Arlington that to the extent provided by these applicable laws no person shall, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, disabilities or veteran status, be denied employment or admission, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of or subject to discrimination under, any program or activity that it sponsors or conducts. It is also the University’s policy to maintain an environment free from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Inquiries concerning the application of this policy and complaints of discrimination should be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 710 S. Davis Drive, Office and Classroom Building (OCB), 817-272-2106. E-mail: eoaa@uta.edu. Web site: www.uta.edu/eoaa.

Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct and Consensual Relationships Policy

The University of Texas at Arlington is committed to an academic and working environment free from inappropriate conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment is a prohibited practice under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for employees as amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1973, and the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act for students under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Sexual harassment, sexual misconduct and consensual relationships between faculty members and the students they currently teach or supervise, and between employees in positions of authority and their subordinates, are prohibited under University policy and are sanctionable.

Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, insults, sexual threats, innuendoes and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature under circumstances where: 1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment (or a student's status in a course, program or activity); 2) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an employee is used as a basis for employment decisions affecting the individual (or in the case of a student, it is used as a basis for academic or other decisions affecting a student); or 3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with the individual's employment (or the student's educational experience), or of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive academic environment.

Complaints and violations of the policy should be reported to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 710 S. Davis Drive, Office and Classroom Building (OCB), 817-272-2106. E-mail: eoaa@uta.edu. Web site: www.uta.edu/eoaa.