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The University of Texas at Dallas requires that all students complete a Core Curriculum of 42 semester credit hours that serves as the foundation of the undergraduate education program of the university. These requirements must be met by every student pursuing a baccalaureate degree at The University of Texas at Dallas, regardless of his or her major. A specific course may be used to satisfy only one core requiement. Individual academic programs may require courses contained in parts of The University Core Curriculum to satisfy particular degree requirements. Students may be required to take extra courses if they fail to select these courses. In accordance with Texas Education Code Chapter 61, Subchapter S, a student who successfully completes a recognized core curriculum at another Texas public institution of higher education may transfer that block of courses to U.T. Dallas where it will be substituted for the U.T. Dallas core curriculum. Students are expected to master the techniques of English composition and rhetoric and complete a requirement in advanced writing. Students will be offered an exposure to the foundations of mathematical reasoning, an orientation to the natural sciences, an exploration of the methods of inquiry and the ways of knowing and expression in the arts and humanities, and an introduction to the history, government, and politics of the United States and Texas. The core curriculum also provides students the opportunity to choose an elective from a range of courses offered by the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences.
A. Communication (6 hours)
B. Mathematics and Quantitative Methods (6 hours)
C. Natural Science (9 hours)
D. Humanities and Fine Arts (6 hours)
E. Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 hours)
If a student successfully complete a field of study curriculum approved by The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, that block of courses may be transferred to U.T. Dallas and substituted for appropriate lower division requirements of the appropriate degree. Following receipt of credit for these courses, the student may be required to satisfy further requirements in the field of study curriculum for that degree at U.T. Dallas.
The University offers a comprehensive program of enrichment and recognition, known as Collegium V, for outstanding students. Collegium V includes special seminar style classes offered by selected university professors as well as a program of extracurricular activities designed to encourage and reward exceptional academic achievement. Benefits available to participants in Collegium V include extended library borrowing privileges, early registration for Honors seminars, research and internship opportunities with professors, and an agenda of cultural events such as concerts, exhibits, and plays.
Since membership in Collegium V is limited, interested students should contact:
Courses taken in satisfaction of requirements for the student’s major field of study are major and related courses. Some of these may be outside the courses with the major’s designation; such courses are related to the major and required for its satisfaction. Other requirements may be satisfied by courses from lists of guided electives within the major and related courses. Finally, some requirements may be courses preparatory to the major; they are not considered major core or major related courses.
The degree requirements of every major include the opportunity for elective courses, that is, courses exploring subjects not directly related to the student’s major. The minimum number of elective hours is 18. Specific exceptions have been granted to Electrical Engineering and Accounting, where the minimum number is 12. Six of the elective hours for all majors are required to be selected from advanced electives, which are defined as upper level courses, or lower level courses that have prerequisites, and that are outside the major. All students are encouraged to use their electives to explore fields beyond their major.
Some academic units designate a set of classes that constitute a minor in that academic unit. The requirements of the minor are set by the faculty of the academic unit offering the minor, not by the academic unit of the student’s major field of study. When an academic unit offers a minor in a field of study, it is open to all students in the university regardless of school of origin. Students who take a minor will be expected to meet the normal prerequisites in courses making up the minor. Minors consist of a minimum of 18 credit hours, of which at least 12 must be upper-division hours, although individual academic units may require more hours at their sole discretion. No credit hours may be used to satisfy both the major and minor requirements; however, free elective hours or major preparatory classes may be used to satisfy the minor. At least one-third of the hours for a minor must be taken at U.T. Dallas. Students enrolled as of Fall, 1999, who are pursuing majors under prior catalogs may incorporate minors in their degree plans. Students should consult with an advisor in their major field of study as they select and plan minors.
This catalog is a general information publication only. It is not intended to nor does it contain all regulations that relate to students. The provisions of this catalog do not constitute a contract, express or implied, between any applicant, student or faculty member and The University of Texas at Dallas or The University of Texas System. The University of Texas at Dallas reserves the right to withdraw courses at any time, to change fees or tuition, calendar, curriculum, degree requirements, graduation procedures, and any other requirements affecting students. Changes will become effective whenever the proper authorities so determine and will apply to both prospective students and those already enrolled.
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