Undergraduate Special Academic Requirements


ARCHITECTURE and INTERIOR DESIGN: A grade of "C" or higher must be earned in each School of Architecture course used for credit toward an undergraduate degree and minor offered by the school. A grade of C or higher must be earned in all required Math and Physics courses. Grades of P are not acceptable for classes in which a grade of C or higher is required. 

SUSTAINABLE URBAN DESIGN: A grade of "C" or higher must be earned in each UDES and other CAPPA courses (ARCH, INTD, ESST, LARC, PAPP, PLAN) used for credit toward an undergraduate degree offered by the college. A grade of C or higher must also be earned in all required Math and other Science courses (PHYS, GEOL). Grades of P are not acceptable for classes in which a grade of C or higher is required.



Three attempts to achieve a satisfactory grade are permitted for each required course in the School of Architecture. Beyond that number of attempts, the student is denied access to the course in question, or to the sequence of courses for which it is requisite. Enrollment in the course for the time sufficient to receive a grade, including grades for withdrawals (i.e. W, Q) , is considered an attempt.



Students who have enrolled in a Texas public institution of higher education as a first-time freshman in fall 2007 or later are permitted to drop no more than six courses during their entire undergraduate career. This limit includes all transfer work taken at a Texas institution of higher education. This statute was enacted by the State of Texas in spring 2007 (Texas Education Code 51.907). Any course that a student drops after Census Day is counted toward the six-course limit if "(1) the student was able to drop the course without receiving a grade or incurring an academic penalty; (2) the student’s transcript indicates or will indicate that the student was enrolled in the course; and (3) the student is not dropping the course in order to withdraw from the institution."

Please review the full Six Course Drop Limit policy online.



Advisors are responsible for evaluating the students in their programs to ensure that they are making satisfactory progress toward the degree. If the Advisor finds that a student is not making satisfactory progress, it may recommended to the CAPPA Director of Academic and Student Affairs that the student be dismissed from the program. To be qualified as making “satisfactory progress” toward their degree, students must maintain continuous enrollment in courses applicable to the degree through graduation. Exceptions require the approval of the student’s advisor and the CAPPA Director of Academic and Student Affairs. Students who are deemed as not making satisfactory progress toward degree completion are subject to dismissal by the department.



The College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs reserves the right to retain, copyright, use, exhibit, reproduce, and publish any work submitted for course credit. The student is encouraged to develop a portfolio of all work accomplished in advanced courses for future professional and academic uses.



The extent of credit toward degree requirements for academic work done elsewhere will be determined by the associate dean or undergraduate advisor. Students applying to transfer credits from studio courses taken elsewhere must present examples of that work for evaluation and placement (see portfolio review guidelines).



It is the obligation of the student, in attempting to resolve any student grievance regarding grades, first to make a serious effort to resolve the matter with the instructor with whom the grievance originated. Individual instructors retain primary responsibility for assigning grades. The instructor's judgment is final unless compelling evidence shows preferential treatment or procedural irregularities. 

If students wish to dispute a grade, their requests must be submitted in writing on an Academic Grievance Form with all supporting documentation.



Students may be dismissed from the CAPPA programs as a result of unprofessional conduct. Acts that violate standards of professional conduct include, but are not limited to, academic dishonesty, bullying, acts of verbal, written, or physical violence or threats, insubordination, and harassment towards other students, faculty, or peers while in any setting as a UTA student.

Students are expected to adhere to the rules designated in the Student Code of Conduct.