Changes to Advanced Electives

The Council of Undergraduate Education recently passed a policy to eliminate advanced electives from all undergraduate degree plans. This change goes into effect immediately.

Here’s how this affects you:

In the Past

By definition an advanced elective had to be at least six hours of advanced electives – 3000 or 4000 level and outside your major field of study.

An upper-level elective is any 3000 or 4000-level course.  This course can be within or outside of your major, and can come from any school at UTD.


Now you may use those six (6) hours to take any 3000 or 4000 level class.  In other words, you are still required to take the same amount of upper level hours (51) and have the same number of upper level electives (12). For ATEC and EMAC majors this means that if you want, you can take two more 3000 or 4000 level ATEC or EMAC courses.

What’s Changed?

You may now:

  • Use those six (6) hours to take any 3000 or 4000 level class. The class need not be an ATEC or EMAC class.